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Portugril at Eglinton and Bermondsey is GONE!

Googs Jan 30, 2013 08:51 AM

What happened?

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    magic Jan 30, 2013 09:04 AM

    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
      Googs Jan 30, 2013 09:14 AM

      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
        magic Jan 30, 2013 09:18 AM

        Definitely fingers crossed. I really wanted to try it.

        1. re: magic
          Yongeman Feb 2, 2013 03:17 AM

          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
            magic Feb 2, 2013 05:40 AM

            That sounds encouraging. Thanks for the info!

            1. re: Yongeman
              Googs Feb 2, 2013 09:57 AM

              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. Davwud Feb 3, 2013 07:01 AM

        Here is their last tweet. Jan 30

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


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        1. re: Davwud
          Googs Feb 3, 2013 07:56 AM

          Their website says Tuesday, February 5. Considering the target was Feb 1, that's not bad.

          1. re: Googs
            Davwud Feb 3, 2013 08:01 AM

            As long as they reopen it's great.


        2. Davwud Feb 7, 2013 11:37 AM

          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.


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          1. re: Davwud
            magic Feb 7, 2013 12:14 PM

            That does not sound promising.

            1. re: magic
              Googs Feb 7, 2013 12:42 PM

              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?

            2. re: Davwud
              Googs Feb 7, 2013 12:58 PM

              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
                Googs Feb 8, 2013 07:07 AM

                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.

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                  pakmode Feb 8, 2013 08:41 AM

                  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.

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