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Portugril at Eglinton and Bermondsey is GONE!

  • Googs Jan 30, 2013 08:51 AM
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  1. Their website says something about renovations being delayed...

    Yet their phone goes straight to a busy signal. That doesn't seem good.

    I really hope it hasn't closed! I've been meaning to try it!

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    1. re: magic

      Jeez, I sure hope that's all there it to it. The signage is completely gone which isn't the sorta thing I would have thought needed a reno. Nothing posted in the windows that might give you a clue. Fingers crossed.

      1. re: Googs

        Definitely fingers crossed. I really wanted to try it.

        1. re: magic

          Drove past on Friday and a new sign was up..."Churrasco Portugril", I think it said. Couldn't really tell if it was open for business, but at least it appears that it's a reno, not a closure.

          1. re: Yongeman

            That sounds encouraging. Thanks for the info!

            1. re: Yongeman

              Yep, I saw the new sign last night too. I'll let you know if I see any lights on. I was thinking, "Why the devil would they spend the money on new signage when they haven't been open that long?" Okay. It makes sense now. Website, phone #, tells locals it's Portuguese, and in case you haven't figured out what they're Portugril'lin, the "L" is a chicken. Very clever if I do say so myself. Clear and succinct. Now if only they'd get a liquor license...

      2. Here is their last tweet. Jan 30

        Looks like our opening is going to be delayed to Monday or Tuesday of next week. :-(

        DT

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        1. re: Davwud

          Their website says Tuesday, February 5. Considering the target was Feb 1, that's not bad.
          http://www.portugril.ca/

          1. re: Googs

            As long as they reopen it's great.

            DT

        2. It's not good though Googs. It was part of Restaurant Takeover.

          "Portugril is being filmed for the final segment of Restaurant Takeover tomorrow at lunch, come in for a bite, check out the new place and the possibility for TV stardom :-)"

          I hope this isn't the usual kiss of death.

          DT

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          1. re: Davwud

            That does not sound promising.

            1. re: magic

              What the hell? As far as I could tell, there was nothing failing about that restaurant. The one thing I had hoped for (okay, it was two but a liquor license is mere fantasy on my part) the one thing was more comfortable chairs and tables. This picture says I can dream on. Is Restaurant Takeover good for anything?
              https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pi...

            2. re: Davwud

              I'll add that their cooking could use just a little tweaking. I've often thought that with just a few minor, and I mean very minor, changes, the food could sparkle without risk of alienating the customers who come there for comfort food or making it too complicated for the staff to handle.

              1. re: Davwud

                I sure hope they reschedule the shoot to a day unaffected by Snowmageddon. It'd be bad if it looked like no one goes there for lunch.

                1. re: Googs

                  Our area has had more then our fair share of Restaurant Takeover's eh?

                  Naan & Kabob on Pharmacy and Lawrence.
                  That Curry Roti place beside Holima on Vic Park and Lawrence, and now this place....weird.