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2014 Restaurant and Food Store CHANGES and CLOSINGS

Another year, another run through the closings and changes of the food world in Toronto.

Please, lets have some tips and stories!! ..before the big media get them!!!

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  1. First! Was walking by Sandwich Box on Bay Street this morning. Bike lock and keypad-combination lock over the front door. No letter indicating they were shut down, but that didn't look promising.

    1. Pastis is now closed. George has retired.

      The property has been bought and a new resto is in the works.

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      1. re: millygirl

        Nooooooo. :(

        At least it isn't being torn down for condos.

        1. re: millygirl

          Double NOOOOOOOOoooooooooooooooo

        2. Mi Gia-Phung on Gerrard & Broadview in Riverdale is closed. Have heard that a new independent Neapolitan pizzeria will be going into the location. Should be a good spot with the side patio this summer.

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          1. re: pourboi

            have you heard this from reputable source? we live around the corner and would be fantastic to have some good pizza nearby!

            1. re: pourboi

              holy hell i hope that is the case!!! I would love some good pizza within a five min walk of my house!!!

              1. re: pourboi

                good, because that area's a graveyard now. so many closed buildings.

              2. Luke's in Kingston is closing, tonight is the last service.

                Apparently this was announced about a month ago. Luke is moving to Toronto and will be doing some pop-ups and a support club here.

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                1. re: bytepusher

                  Interesting! He would benefit from spending some time in other chefs' kitchens. Hope he takes advantage of being here, as he has talent.

                2. Origin Liberty Village is closed

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                  1. re: Main334

                    Wow, interesting. Anyone know the story behind this?

                    I wonder what kind of restaurant LV needs?

                    1. re: ylsf

                      We had two really good meals there shortly after the restaurant opened - 18 months/2 years maybe? Went there for dinner the end of November and it was almost empty and the food was atrocious. Couldn't figure it out.

                      1. re: Tatai

                        I live next door, and although there were miscellaneous issues, I could never have said that the food was "atrocious". That's a bit much. Actually, I think they were at their best in recent months. I'm sad they closed, as it was the best food in LV by a fair margin. It's only competitor, 25 Liberty, has only recently started producing good food, and I recommend them for brunch.

                        I think the prices were just a tad too expensive, and I don't think enough people knew it was there.

                  2. The Artisan Baker on Yonge, south of St. Clair is now looking for work elsewhere!

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                      1. re: Frids

                        It actually made its 1st year anniversary. I posted a 'walk-by' review in Dec 2012.

                    1. I tried searching but couldn't find anything - I noticed Blowfish at King/Bathurst is being gutted or renovated.

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                        1. re: okuk

                          That's too bad. I had the rudest experience of my life there, and was hoping they were permanently gone.

                      1. Hammersmith's - I noticed the windows papered over last week.

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                        1. re: cheesymama

                          and it was reported closed last month

                        2. Little Sister serving Indonesian snacks slated to open April 2014 at 2031 Yonge Street, cheffed by Michael of Quince. Unclear on status of Quince, whether it is closing or staying.

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                          1. re: Dean Tudor

                            From the info on their website and this link: http://myemail.constantcontact.com/Ne...
                            it does not indicate that Quince is going anywhere. But it does say that Michael is going over to Little Sister.

                            1. re: foodyDudey

                              Little Sister wrote: "Our Chef Peter is still running the kitchen at Quince and we just made Luke our Sous chef, Michael will be working solely at Little Sister."

                            2. The Friendly Thai has been replaced by the Pint (Public) House at 678 Yonge St.

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                              1. re: bluefirefly

                                Avoid Pint Public House at all costs. Stopped in for a beer a week ago last Friday and the service was terrible. We had a draft, ordered some calamari, and after 35 minutes with no food, no offer of another beer and no communication from the waitress, we left. I imagine this place will be closed by summer.

                              2. Biryani House @ 25 Wellesley is under new management and a new name - the Spice Village. (It may have changed over sometime in December 2013).

                                1. Gelato Pizza on Eglinton @ Avenue Rd was papered up as I drove by. Been there 8-9 months or so.

                                  Can anyone confirm its status?

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                                  1. re: magic

                                    Can't confirm but I'm not surprised if it is closed..
                                    Pretty average pie IMO. Don't want to sound like a dick, but I hope something better opens up there. If I wasn't so damn lasy I'd waddle my ass down the street to take look.

                                    1. re: petek

                                      That pricey NE corner is a death zone for most businesses.

                                      Between Gelato Pizza and its predecessor Wannapizza I'd sure like to see something more interesting and viable open there.

                                      1. re: magic

                                        It's a pretty busy intersection with not a lot convenient parking near by. the only reason I tried it(twice0 was because I can walk there in 5 mins.
                                        A great donut shop in that location would make me very happy!

                                  2. Local Co. at 511 Danforth Ave seems to have bitten the big calamari. A sign in the papered-over windows says "Closed for renovations" :-)

                                    The website is still there, but you may think it's not as the pages are painfully slow to load.

                                    Not at all a loss to the area!

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                                    1. re: foodyDudey

                                      Barring the building being sold there's not much hope for anything but another weekend booze hole for a certain type of crowd. Too bad because that space has so much potential, big and with apparently a decent and not too old kitchen.

                                      1. re: bytepusher

                                        Still can't believe they took out the original, beautiful windows. SIGH.

                                        1. re: julesrules

                                          i felt the same about parkette. such nice windows and the new tenant, a rumoured sandwich shop, replaced it with plain commercial windows.

                                          - khao san road

                                    2. Sorrel Restaurant - 84 Yorkville Ave

                                      Burnt down this morning... building look like its toast... literally.. They will probably have to tear it down and maybe the building to the west of it as well.


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                                      1. re: pourboi

                                        Ya it does not look like Sorrel will open any time soon if every again. On twitter dine.to said that Sorrel's current Winterlicious status was "unclear"... I would say its a NO..

                                      2. Yogurt place across from the Walmer Rd. TTC entrance seems to have gone. But it was the only one for miles!!
                                        Also, sadly, the unfortunately named Lakvino on Bloor between Borden and Lippincott. I never ate there, though friends said it was really good. It was owned by kitchen refugees from Serra down the road, which, ironically. survives.

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                                        1. re: schmecks

                                          you are joking right?

                                          - khao san road

                                        2. Nicola's Waffle House has replaced Wanda's Belgian Waffles at the location north of Wellesley (@ 599 Yonge).

                                          Miss Korea (Korean bar type place if you can't tell from the name!) has opened @ 687 Yonge, where the old Spring Rolls "Go" used to be.

                                          1. Eki-bento @ 403 Yonge did not last long... closed and empty now.

                                            1. The East Ender on Queen E. is no more. For lease sign up in window. Was there a couple of months ago, was a one trip visit.

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                                              1. re: HandPay

                                                Yeah, pretty crappy if you ask me.

                                                1. Murray's Sandwich is papered up on Queen W.

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                                                  1. re: justsayn

                                                    Oh really? That's too bad. I actually enjoyed some of their offerings. The place was too damn slow though.

                                                  2. Kitchen store Bianca Plus on Avenue Road near Davenport is now closed after many years. Same strip as Dyne, which is suffering from increasing rents and decreasing parking access.

                                                    1. Apparently, all 3 locations of the Mad Italian are closed.

                                                      1. I would peek inside the Mad Italian on Danforth when I walked by to see how they were doing, and it was open a week ago but I read in Toronto Life that all three locations are now closed.


                                                        Edit: I did not notice that kwass had posted about MI just before I did!

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                                                        1. re: foodyDudey

                                                          Unfortunate for the owner, but I found their product less flavourful, more expensive and less quantity vs Hollywood Gelato. We tried it once when HG's line up was huge. Never went back.

                                                          1. re: CocoaChanel

                                                            I tried a few of the free samples and also had no reason to return. That is one reason I would peek in when I passed the corner of Danforth and Carlaw - I just could not imagine that they could stay in business if they sold the stuff I was sampling!

                                                        2. Phil's BBQ on College and Ossington has closed...Landlord changed the locks Jan 31, for non-payment, authorized by bailiff (posted on window)

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                                                          1. re: Dean Tudor

                                                            Good thing there's at least two BBQ joints opening within a block of each other on queen

                                                            1. re: disgusti

                                                              where, please? my son is so sad BBQues closed ( spadina/harbord)

                                                          2. Mt Everest, Bloor near Bathurst, is merging with its Eglinton East location, and closing its UT student ghetto resto after Feb 2.

                                                            1. Late report but Kekou is closed for the winter.

                                                              1. Looks like Olé Olé, the Mexican/Spanish reincarnation of Kultura on King St East is finished. There's a landlord seizure notice on the door and uncleared tables inside strewn with dead flowers. Only lasted a few months, it was never busy.

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                                                                1. re: Gary

                                                                  WOW that was quick.. somehow though the concept seemed doomed from the start.

                                                                2. Just read that Brassaii's exec chef is opening The Forth, a huge, 2 story non Greek restaurant, at Pape & Danforth around April.

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                                                                    1. re: foodyDudey

                                                                      I think I read it online at Toronto Life

                                                                  1. No big loss, but noticed that Eggsmart on Adelaide East at Ontario St is gone.

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                                                                    1. re: CarNut

                                                                      Saw on Post City that Eggspectation closed its Eaton Centre location back in December.

                                                                      Guess we are not the city for eggs...

                                                                      1. re: pourboi

                                                                        maybe we are too high and just need lowered eggspectations.

                                                                        - khao san road

                                                                        1. re: KhaoSanRoad

                                                                          Or maybe the place sucked....eggs.

                                                                          1. re: KhaoSanRoad

                                                                            This post had the MAD TV jingle theme when i read it.

                                                                        2. re: CarNut

                                                                          Too bad, but I'm not surprised. That location has seen a string of failed restaurants and pubs over the past decade. It's surrounded by offices and condos and lively areas but (im)perfectly positioned in a bit of a pedestrian deadzone because of the one-way traffic on the Adelaide speeding to the DVP.

                                                                        3. Pizzaworks on Bathurst, at King seemed all dark during the dinner hour on a Saturday. Anyone know anything about that?

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                                                                            1. re: magic

                                                                              Locked out for non-payment of rent. Space is for lease.

                                                                              1. re: magic

                                                                                It's too bad, didn't have a chance to try it.
                                                                                That stretch along Bathurst, up to Queen, seems doomed for restaurants. I am surprised Cheesewerks is still kicking.

                                                                              2. Ole Ole at King & Jarvis was all locked up, with a sign up on the window saying they had defaulted on their rent. Guessing they have bitten the dust.

                                                                                1. Noticed that the Montreal Bread Company (MBCo) in the Yorkville Rock Park was totally papered up. I did not walk over to see if there was any sign on the door but it looks closed down to me..

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                                                                                  1. re: pourboi

                                                                                    I'm stunned it lasted as long as it did, if it is indeed closed.

                                                                                  2. After less than a year in business, it looks like Pfannkuchen Koln Creperie and Cafe, on Yonge St. near Fairlawn, is out of action. Too bad. A cute little spot with a light menu of salads, crepes, sandwiches and German pancakes that never caught on with the neighbourhood. Either that or no one could remember its almost-unpronounceable name long enough to recommend it to friends. Commercial rents are high on that stretch of Yonge St. between Lawrence Ave. and York Mills Rd. and, if you're not a huge-turnover fast-food joint or a chain coffee shop - which this place wasn't - you're in for a rough time without a liquor licence. Which this place didn't have. It was just a place to dawdle over a griechischersalat ($8) or a German curry wurst ($6) and, therefore, probably unsustainable. It never seemed to be all that busy, especially when an Aroma Cafe moved in next door.

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                                                                                    1. re: juno

                                                                                      Look inside the German place on Danforth near Broadview, appears to be a similar situation there. Most people are not hunting for German places to eat in Toronto. Having a name with a word that probably sounds like "colon" does not help either. I doubt anyone from CH has even been to the the spot on Danforth other than myself, and I only organised a brunch there because it was for a bunch of friends from a German car club. In the late 70's we would sometimes meet at the Coffee Mill, but I wanted to try something different.

                                                                                      1. re: foodyDudey

                                                                                        I tried Das Gusthaus a few weeks ago. The food was decent, the beer was decent and had several german selections. I didn't get to try the speatzel due to the preferences of my dining companion, but yeah, german food is not particularly trendy at the moment.

                                                                                        1. re: trane

                                                                                          Too bad. German food is fantastic.

                                                                                          1. re: magic

                                                                                            It's fantastic when you eat it in Germany. I still remember the food we ate in Germany in a small town called Eltville, on the first day we arrived there in 2004.

                                                                                            Here is a pic of Mrs fD waiting for a drink at a wine stand right along the Rhine, and after that we walked to a Gasthaus for dinner.

                                                                                          1. re: millygirl

                                                                                            It was passable but I was not thinking "I have to come back here soon". We ate there on July 28, and that was maybe 2 or 3 weeks after they opened. We enjoyed the various draft beers they had available, but the food was forgettable for me. The others seemed to like it. The menu was rather limited at that time since they had just opened.

                                                                                            I wonder how they felt when they send out this tweet:

                                                                                            And then Amy Pataki writes this review: http://www.thestar.com/life/food_wine...

                                                                                            But it sort of echos my own feelings. P.S. I often don't even mention restaurants where I didn't get that "I have to come back" feeling, especially if I went soon after they opened. I think some of my friends would come back, but then they don't post here.

                                                                                            1. re: foodyDudey

                                                                                              I know Das Gasthaus for 2 months and I was there the 3rd time last weekend. The atmosphere is cozy, the service very nice. The selection of beers is a must for every lover of German beers. Many ideas for recipes come from the German family of the owner and are difficult to compare with the food that you get in restaurants in Germany. It isn't standardized German cuisine, that is offered here. In each meal is so much more imagination than you would normally expect from a restaurant. I'm used to discuss about the recipes every time, when I'm there. Everything is done by hand, even the sausages are from their own production and not from the supermarket.

                                                                                              I have also read the review in the Toronto Star, and I can understand why Amy Pataki was dissatisfied with the Desert: The Apfelstrudel is homemade, both the flaky pastry and the filling are handmade. The Apfelstrudel is simply wonderful and as good as grandmother's homemade. So if you something standardized expected, like the Apfelstrudel from a supermarkets freezer, what you can buy all over the world, you will be disappointed like Amy. If you're dissatisfied with genuine handicraft and culinary arts, and you prefer to know in advance exactly how it tastes, you should rather go to Mc Donalds. It is always predictable and identical worldwide.
                                                                                              But if you want to try something you never had, and what's made with incomparably more imagination than an industrial burger, you should visit Das Gasthaus.
                                                                                              And you should do that more than once. Because of the 100% handmade, it is never the same, and the menu changes regularly. That's fascinating culinary arts, very tasty and again surprisingly good.

                                                                                              By the way: I am German, living in Canada for 8 months and know German cuisine more than just good. And what Ruthie Cummings offers in her Das Gasthaus would earn one more star in Germany than Amy Pataki has to forgive at all.

                                                                                              A German chef with 25 years experience in German restaurants was hired last week, I'm curious to see what there will be new to discover when I'm the next time in 107 Danforth.

                                                                                              Sorry for my poor English, but I tried my best.

                                                                                          2. re: foodyDudey

                                                                                            I was at Das Gasthaus a few weeks back and had the best Flammkuchen I've had in Toronto. Note: on Thursdays they have 2 for 1 special on the Flammkuchen.

                                                                                            1. re: estufarian

                                                                                              I'll have to go try it again, I don't believe everything AP says but she must be doing something right if she gets paid to eat, I always have to pay!

                                                                                              1. re: foodyDudey

                                                                                                I found the mains a little less satisfying. All the veggies contained vinegar, which clashed with the wine (good selection of wine I thought, considering the small size of the menu). Only had the 'standard' Flammkuche but plan to return for the cheese version.

                                                                                              2. re: estufarian

                                                                                                One word more to the Flammkuchen: I don't know any restaurant in Germany, what offers house made Flammkuchen. It is alwas very cheap, deep frozen stuff. But not so in Das Gasthaus, it is true hand craftet food. I have to say, I spent almost every 2nd night in a restaurant in Germany for at least the last 10 years. And I was never as surprised as of Das Gasthaus in Toronto. Perhaps, this is because there are no deep frozen Flammkuchen in Canada :-)

                                                                                              3. re: foodyDudey

                                                                                                I've been to DG too. The food and service were good and I like the decor. We were the only customers, which doesn't feel festive. And I guess there was nothing really amazing to pull us back - but we don't eat out enough to really support any one place. I think they should bulk up the mains a bit with some potato and veg rather than separate sides, but that's always something that annoys me.

                                                                                            2. scarpetta in the thompson is closing

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                                                                                              1. re: disgusti

                                                                                                I wonder why they couldn't make a go of it.

                                                                                                1. re: kwass

                                                                                                  Pain in the butt to park around there, too far west to get the continuous Bay St afterwork crowd so they are left with just hotel guests and clubbers. Similar fate as Susur, Thuet others on that stretch who wanted to do high end food. Plus at the end of the day it was just very expensive Italian comfort food.

                                                                                                  1. re: pourboi

                                                                                                    That all makes sense. But it's still a shame.

                                                                                                    1. re: kwass

                                                                                                      I only went once.. had the spagetti that everyone raved about and the Polenta... found the spagetti Meh! bland and fresh noodles had an over-cooked texture. Polenta was great but not worth going back for.. too many other places in the city to go...

                                                                                                      1. re: pourboi

                                                                                                        So I guess quality had something to do with its demise as well.

                                                                                                        1. re: kwass

                                                                                                          Yes quality was a big part of it for sure Kwass.

                                                                                                    2. re: pourboi

                                                                                                      Can't disagree enough with all those excuses.

                                                                                                      1. re: justsayn

                                                                                                        Other than lack of quality, what do you think it was justsayn, if not the reasons that pourboi gave?

                                                                                                  2. re: disgusti

                                                                                                    I never had a desire to go after the mediocre reviews I have heard about it. I did try the spaghetti at an event and it was okay but I tried not to judge too harshly because it was an event at not at the restaurant.

                                                                                                    BTW, The Chase is taking over teh space:


                                                                                                    1. re: ylsf

                                                                                                      I was really excited when I heard that they were opening up a location in Toronto, but sadly, I never went either.

                                                                                                        1. re: kwass

                                                                                                          so you are the reason they closed! :-)

                                                                                                      1. re: disgusti

                                                                                                        To be reopening as Colette Grand Cafe.

                                                                                                      2. Brockton General is to close, last service March 9th

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                                                                                                          1. re: bytepusher

                                                                                                            So sad. That neighborhood seems to be having a rough time these last six months.

                                                                                                            1. re: LexiFirefly

                                                                                                              January and February are hard on the restaurant business in every neighbourhood

                                                                                                              1. re: bytepusher

                                                                                                                That's why I said the last 6 months. It seems to be similar stories as well. Crappy.

                                                                                                            2. re: bytepusher

                                                                                                              There goes my cheap weekday prefix.
                                                                                                              Yes, sad indeed.

                                                                                                            3. Remys in Yorkville had a closing party last night. They are closing to totally gut the building and rebuild something new. The Patio should be open for May but the downstairs may take longer they stated.

                                                                                                              It is not known if they will reopen as Remys or get a new name. They have also brought on new partners.

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                                                                                                              1. re: pourboi

                                                                                                                After looking at the menu, they should toss that also.

                                                                                                                1. re: foodyDudey

                                                                                                                  They are.. totally new concept going in, new menu, new décor, new layout I was told.. but they would not give details..

                                                                                                              2. Brant House is closed and being replaced by the Citizen (http://www.thecitizento.com/) in the spring.

                                                                                                                1. Just read that Petite Thuet in Financial District is closing

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                                                                                                                  1. re: Nevy

                                                                                                                    Their website says that the landlord is not renewing their lease.

                                                                                                                  2. I think Locale on the Danforth has closed down.

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                                                                                                                    1. re: millygirl

                                                                                                                      Yes, looks like a place called Bar Oak is going in there.

                                                                                                                      1. re: bluefirefly

                                                                                                                        I believe it to be the same owners as Locale so not holding my breath. Probably not something that will interest me.

                                                                                                                      2. re: millygirl

                                                                                                                        That news is a month old. I see you are following my tail, millygirl!


                                                                                                                      3. Somebody mentioned on the weekend that Sher-e-Punjab on the Danforth had closed. Anybody know if thats true?

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                                                                                                                          1. re: foodyDudey

                                                                                                                            thats good. It seems to be our go to place for Indian. Thx

                                                                                                                        1. Greek Gourmet on Avenue Road at Lawrence has a big 'For Lease' sign in the window.

                                                                                                                          If they have closed, and it seems like it has, it will be greatly missed.

                                                                                                                          I do hope it reopens somewhere, if it is indeed shuttered.

                                                                                                                          1. Just read that Corner House will be closing at the end of the month. Have had may romantic dinners there over the years. Sorry to see it go.

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                                                                                                                            1. re: BIGeater100

                                                                                                                              I too had many good dinners there.
                                                                                                                              From their website:

                                                                                                                              CORNER HOUSE is extending...
                                                                                                                              the $35 menu, 3-course until
                                                                                                                              ...FRIDAY FEBRUARY 28th..

                                                                                                                              TO OUR CORNER HOUSE FRIENDS:

                                                                                                                              We are announcing today, also on Friday February 28th,
                                                                                                                              This will be our last evening at Corner House.
                                                                                                                              We want to thank our tremendous and unique customers and friends of Corner House.
                                                                                                                              Your support and friendships over the years is what kept our
                                                                                                                              “Little-Big House” thriving.
                                                                                                                              We will be working on a new project in the near future and we look forward to your wonderful presence again.

                                                                                                                              Your support has meant everything to us…and more!

                                                                                                                            2. Has this been mentioned...Dr. Generosity, on the site of the former Mad Apples and The Chop, is closing on Feb 23 (chalkboard on side says this). I think it is being taken over by Kennedy House next door, for wine and tapas.

                                                                                                                              1. Changes to Tim Horton's menu, since I know that there are a lot of TH fans on CH :)


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                                                                                                                                1. re: kwass

                                                                                                                                  In addition to menu changes, they're pulling all the Coldstone creameries out of Canada. To be honest, it's not a loss... super sweet ice cream at really high prices.

                                                                                                                                  1. re: Nevy

                                                                                                                                    I was glad to hear this earlier today I always wondered why they were bothering with that place

                                                                                                                                    1. re: Wino In Training

                                                                                                                                      That was the cakey chocolate one, right? If so, that was actually one of the few TH doughnuts that I liked, though I'll admit I haven't had one in a couple of years.

                                                                                                                                      1. re: Michael N

                                                                                                                                        Yup. That's the one. It's not carried at some of the smaller locations in the food courts, so I would sometimes walk to another building if the craving hit. So sugary, so walnutty.... so good.


                                                                                                                                  2. Thought It was worth mentioning that the Cookbook Store is closing.

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                                                                                                                                      1. re: magic

                                                                                                                                        retail and commerce is a chang'n...

                                                                                                                                      2. re: damonster

                                                                                                                                        They were just going to move, but now this is final: no more store. I remember it from the first incarnation, about 35 years ago, with Peter Martin and Maggie Niehmi...

                                                                                                                                        1. re: damonster

                                                                                                                                          I thought I'd share a link to Lucy Waverman's article in today's Globe & Mail:


                                                                                                                                          Much as I enjoyed browsing here, I can't say I ever experienced the warm, welcoming atmosphere that Lucy describes. I'll miss this place but I've always felt more at home at The Good Egg.

                                                                                                                                          1. re: Breadcrumbs

                                                                                                                                            Thanks for sharing: I haven't opened the Globe yet, so hadn't seen the article.. only went there once during the 11 years I've been in Toronto!

                                                                                                                                        2. Irv Gastro Pub is taking over the Fare Game restaurant spot @ 195 Carlton (previously Jam Cafe). Opens March 1st. Too bad about Fare Game as they actually had a very interesting menu including venison and ostrich. (And the venison was tasty). Guessing the new place will fit in more with lower price points for that area.

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                                                                                                                                          1. re: bluefirefly

                                                                                                                                            Great food here and excellent service. If you were ever in Fare Game or Jam cafe you wouldn't recognize it!

                                                                                                                                          2. While they are still operating in an events/pop-up capacity, the storefront location of Hot Bunzz closed back in November, but slipped through the 2013 closings thread. So I'm posting this here.

                                                                                                                                            The Hot Bunzz website indicates they might be looking for another location and they continue operating via pop-ups and what have you. Their Twitter and Facebook are still quite active. I hope they reopen somewhere. Their buns are delicious.

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                                                                                                                                            1. re: magic

                                                                                                                                              They were at The Artist Project and the line was long! I didn't have the will to wait having not heard of them before.

                                                                                                                                              1. re: justsayn

                                                                                                                                                That's right, they were there.

                                                                                                                                                Their stuff is good, too bad about the long line (well, for you, not them!).

                                                                                                                                                1. re: magic

                                                                                                                                                  : ) Had a JM donut which was just ok - didn't finish it. A vendor had dried, sliced fruits that were fantastic!

                                                                                                                                            2. I noticed that Ruelo Patisserie off of Yonge, north of Eglinton is no longer there.

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                                                                                                                                              1. re: magic

                                                                                                                                                They have been gone for months.They barely lasted a year. I knew when they opened they wouldn't last.

                                                                                                                                              2. Ici on Harbord is closing in April. No plans have been announced to what will be going in the Harbord space when it closes.

                                                                                                                                                1. As per C0nradB1ack and DJFoodMMAn's posts on another thread, Railee's Diner (which took over the space vacated by Goody's) has closed.

                                                                                                                                                    1. re: happycamper

                                                                                                                                                      That's too bad and sad news for me! One of the places I really enjoyed for it's quiet atmosphere and great dishes.

                                                                                                                                                        1. re: pourboi

                                                                                                                                                          First Pastis and now this.


                                                                                                                                                          1. re: magic

                                                                                                                                                            Also Petite Thuet's 1 King W shop will close next month.

                                                                                                                                                            1. re: pourboi

                                                                                                                                                              What is going on in this city?

                                                                                                                                                              1. re: kwass

                                                                                                                                                                Kwass, the city is shifting to poutine, grilled cheese, BBQ, doughnuts, latte, mac n cheese -- all done by chains.

                                                                                                                                                                1. re: Dean Tudor

                                                                                                                                                                  I just think it's such a shame! These places are classics!

                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: kwass

                                                                                                                                                                    When was the last time that you bought anything from any of them?

                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: pourboi

                                                                                                                                                                      I buy from Patachou all the time. However, I haven't been to Petite Thuet in about a year.

                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: kwass

                                                                                                                                                                        Where will I get my petit fours now? They had the best!!!

                                                                                                                                                              2. re: pourboi


                                                                                                                                                                Where am I supposed to get Bostock now?!?

                                                                                                                                                              3. So Sorry Vinne... Bistrot 92 is up for sale!


                                                                                                                                                                If you got $60k it can be yours...

                                                                                                                                                                Location and knowing your clientele is VERY important in the restaurant business.

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                                                                                                                                                                1. re: pourboi

                                                                                                                                                                  Real shame!
                                                                                                                                                                  And this was posted 7days ago?
                                                                                                                                                                  Together with the Lee craigslist post, I think you officially made the chowhound news breaker of the year.

                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: pourboi

                                                                                                                                                                    Bistrot might be for sale; but it is still operational. i just came back from there and the food was delicious as always.

                                                                                                                                                                    Inquiring about the move for sale, the Chef told me they are just trying to relocate but remain open for business.

                                                                                                                                                                    Anyway, was happy to hear that it is still running.

                                                                                                                                                                  2. Mogette Bistro on Mt Pleasant is closing, last service March 29th

                                                                                                                                                                    Shame, it was by all accounts a hidden gem.

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                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: bytepusher

                                                                                                                                                                      This strip area of Mt. Pleasant is like a dead zone for restaurants but they still continue to pop up. Not sure why. Mogette was decent but seldom talked about. That leaves Celestin as the sole French restaurant there and they don't seem to be doing too well either.

                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: syoung

                                                                                                                                                                        Never thought Mogette was special., though it's better than most of the new openings I've been to over the past year. Preferred Simple Bistro (though my last meal there wasn't great).

                                                                                                                                                                        I'm surprised Celestin has lasted. Under the old chef it was one of Toronto's best French, no, one of Toronto's best restaurants. Light, classic, French cooking of the sort that's very hard to find now. It didn't weather the chef/ownership change well.

                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: BigBabyYeezuS

                                                                                                                                                                          Agree Mogette was nothing special. We only went because we are friends with their neighbor. With Elle ma Dit closing last year and Ici gone as well, there's a dearth of good French restaurants. We had hoped recently opened La Croisee would be better but didn't find to be so.

                                                                                                                                                                    2. Piazzetta Trattoria on Eglinton, just west of Bathurst, closed down. Too bad, I liked their pizza. Atmosphere was meh. Service decent.

                                                                                                                                                                      A Hazel's Diner seems to be replacing it.

                                                                                                                                                                      1. This wasn't mentioned on any threads and most will probably not care, but the Taco Bell @ 730 Yonge has been replaced by a KFC Select... KFC's attempt to go higher end by offering made to order menu items (like Chipotle's). They opened back in December but I actually didn't notice it until I passed it today. Looks much slicker than your typical KFC.

                                                                                                                                                                        Also along the way, M'Zaar, a Lebanese restaurant, is going in @ 668 Yonge which used to be the Best Shawarma Place Turkish Cuisine years ago.

                                                                                                                                                                        1. Ruby Eats, the gourmet grocery store from celebri-chef Lynn Crawford is closing all items 50% off, Saturday may be the last day.

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                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: pourboi

                                                                                                                                                                            Based on the lack of activity on their website, blog, and vanished twitter page, I thought it had closed months ago.

                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: pourboi

                                                                                                                                                                              Went in there when it first opened, nice little store but my first thought was "how can this possibly make enough money to stay open?" So I'm not surprised.

                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: Gary

                                                                                                                                                                                I lucked out and caught the 50% off sale the second day...then whoosh, they were closed.
                                                                                                                                                                                Good news, though, is that the Candied Olives will still be available to purchase at Ruby WatchCo. Olive lovers out there, these you must try.

                                                                                                                                                                            2. Bread and bowl opened this month at Murray street west of University

                                                                                                                                                                              1. Apparently this escaped everybodies notice but Nyood has been closed for a month.

                                                                                                                                                                                1. Aqualina on st. clair west closed down - don't know how it stayed open for so long - always looked empty. HOWEVER, a place called bywoods is opening up in its oldplace...rumor has it is the owners of Boom who are opening it.

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                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: boxcarira

                                                                                                                                                                                    Walked by last night on our way to Pukka. Paper is off the windows but not open yet. Looks nice inside - but still no clue on what it will be.

                                                                                                                                                                                  2. Just noticed Marlon's Meats(Yonge St across from Sporting Life) is for lease

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                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: petek

                                                                                                                                                                                      Is someone leasing out a running store, or the empty space formerly known as "Marlons Meats" for lease?

                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: foodyDudey

                                                                                                                                                                                        Nope..the store is closed and for lease.

                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: petek

                                                                                                                                                                                          Then Marlon's Meat's is NOT for lease

                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: petek

                                                                                                                                                                                              The building formerly known as "Marlon's Meats" and that has a sign on it saying "Marlon's Meats" is for lease..

                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: pourboi

                                                                                                                                                                                                How do you know the whole building is for lease?

                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: petek

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Are we on Monty Python? I thought that ended many years ago

                                                                                                                                                                                        2. The Guild at 1442 Dundas West has closed after being open for a year.

                                                                                                                                                                                          1. According to Post City, due to the sale of Mirvish Village, Southern Accent is relocating to Scarborough (of all places).

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                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: kwass

                                                                                                                                                                                              Well there are a lot of people who live in Scarborough and have accents of one sort or another!

                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: kwass

                                                                                                                                                                                                Hmm, interesting. Not sure Scarborough would be an ideal spot to relocate for them, but who knows. I could be wrong.

                                                                                                                                                                                                Shame they'll lose that great Markham St. patio.

                                                                                                                                                                                                Well, better than closing altogether I guess!

                                                                                                                                                                                                Thanks for the news kwass.

                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: magic

                                                                                                                                                                                                  I agree with all your points magic! Shame that it's moving out of Toronto!

                                                                                                                                                                                                2. re: kwass

                                                                                                                                                                                                  According to the sign, it's going to open by the end of March at Midland and St Clair, a few blocks up the street from me. The sign only mentions take-out, though, so I'm not sure how much seating, if any, it will have.

                                                                                                                                                                                                  I'll keep everyone posted.

                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Ted Richards

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Thanks for that info, good to know.

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Surely it can't only be takeout?

                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Ted Richards

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Ted Richards, how close to Working Dog Saloon will Southern Accent be (I ask hoping that WDG isn't closing)?

                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Googs

                                                                                                                                                                                                        About 1/2 a block. Southern Accent is in the plaza on the southeast corner of MIdland and St.Clair, I think it's replaced the fish & chips place.

                                                                                                                                                                                                        I drove by yesterday, and it looked like they were still getting ready. From the store sign, and the size of the place, it looks like it will be take-out only, but I'll check back once they're open.

                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Ted Richards

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Website says it opens on the 3rd, take out only, and that the old location will continue to operate until they find a new one.

                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. re: kwass

                                                                                                                                                                                                      WHAT? Will Southern Accent Scarborough still have a snug? Where will I hang my lumber jacket?

                                                                                                                                                                                                    3. Dairy Treats on Bathurst (south of Wilson) seems to have closed after 30 years. Sign on the door. Didn't get a full read, but that was the gist of it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. Well I guess no one missed this place - not sure how long it has been closed, but sometime this year - Kiwe Kitchen at 587 King St. W. is papered up.

                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. Looks like the original Shoeless Joe's at Eglinton and Oriole Parkway is closed. Tried to go tonight and it was dark, chairs on tables and mail piled up in front of the door. Can anyone confirm?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: GoBuds99

                                                                                                                                                                                                            <Looks like the original Shoeless Joe's at Eglinton and Oriole Parkway is closed>

                                                                                                                                                                                                            It sure looks closed. No lights, chairs on tables front door locked. No notice on the front door(closed by landlord, renovations etc)

                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: petek

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Shoeless Joe's on Eg & Oriole Pkw is definitely closed. For lease sign in window.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. Regal Palace on Yonge north of Weldrick in Richmond Hill closed a while back but now there looks to be construction going on. Does anyone know what is happening in this location?


                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. Hot Wings Grill and BBQ at 563 Queen St W has closed. I don't know how long it has been closed for but I noticed it was closed this past weekend.

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Might be a good spot for a new restaurant

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                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: ylsf

                                                                                                                                                                                                                i believe they had shared ownership with hoops at tecumseh which has also been closed for quite some time.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                - khao san road

                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. Noticed today that "King's Bar and Grill" the renovated "King's Park Souvlaki" on Pape is papered over.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. I apologize if someone's mentioned this already, but the Beast is now serving Brunch starting @ 10, from Friday through Monday.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. RIP - Sad to report that Jerry's Fish and Chips at Sheppard and Senlac has closed.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: jacquieF

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I know!. they've been there forever. No note in the window or anything....

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. Chef Bruce Woods has left Woods (named after him) and is going to Harbour 60... Woods will remain open with the same name...


                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. Ezra's Pound closed their 913 Dundas St. W. location and has turned it into S. Lefkowitz, Toronto's first all-hummus snack bar. Exciting stuff... looking forward to trying warm and fresh hummus! If anyone goes, please provide a review!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. Looks like Thai Spring Rolls @ 525 Bloor W. is gone. There's a sign hanging saying "Opening soon". The new place is called Yaki Zushi, some sort of izakaya place.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: bluefirefly

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Isn't that where Lakvino was? Run by kitchen refugees from Serra. Felt bad they didn't make it. I'm told the food was good, but there never seemed to be anyone in there.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. I apologize if this has already been mentioned . . .the Ruelo Patisserie has a new location: 463 McNicoll Ave. I am not sure if they actually opened yet, but they did indicate on Facebook on Apr. 2, 2014 that it would open soon.


                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. Does it count if they never opened?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Il Panettone on Queen, west of Parliament appears to have never made it to opening for business. A for rent sign is up on the still papered over windows with a landlord's notice on the door.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              The website is still up and running but it's been a year since they started renovating and appear to never have finished.


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                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: JDAWG

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Only of you count the "3 game changers" as having not opened 4 or 5 places

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. Hannah's Kitchen at Yonge/Eg has moved locations - just two doors south of the original location.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                The new location is nice and there looks to be an expanded menu, brunch, etc.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: magic

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  It's been open for a while now(month or so) and it looks like business is booming!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: magic

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Magic..did you happen to notice "Goldstar Coffee" about a block south of there? They've been "opening soon" for some time now..

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: petek

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I did, petek. Yeah I guess we'll see about that......

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. Mezza Lebanese Kitchen is now closed. Ate there a couple of weeks ago, then drove by yesterday and it's now a Japanese restaurant. Really disappointed, as the food was excellent: http://bit.ly/1gpbpPB

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. Teatro at 505 College has closed.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. The Mr. Sub at Yonge/Davisville is papered up with no notices that I coould see. Just papered up.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. Fire On The East Side is no more.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Will be missed for Brunch particularly.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: estufarian

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Agreed. I especially liked their banana bread. They have been replaced by a place called the 8th Deadly Sin now for several months but I haven't been; they do serve brunch although a much more condensed menu, if you are looking for a brunch spot in the area.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: bluefirefly

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            They certainly weren't open for lunch/brunch today.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. re: estufarian

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            If I understood correctly, the owners rebranded as "the 8th deadly sin" towards the end of 2013.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: estufarian

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Crappy :(

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Thanks for the news though. Sad.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: estufarian

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                It's fairly close, but I only ended up there once. Good riddance. I'd love to be able to tell you how the brunch was, but after waiting 2 hours without food in addition to the completely rude service, I left instead.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I noticed it was under new management (and later rebranded), but I still haven't bothered going back.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. Ginger at Parliament and Carlton is closed today with a landlord notice on the door.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. I walked by Lucien @ 36 Wellington East and saw it has been done over as East 36.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. Earth Rosedale to close in May because the landlord is increasing the rent.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    via the grid: http://www.thegridto.com/blog-post/cl...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: pourboi

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I always wonder about these "The landlord is to blame" stories and what the true story is behind it. If this is really what happened then I suggest that Earth pay more attention to what kind of leases they sign in the future. It is pretty standard to be very specific about how the renewal rate is determined and even to allow for arbitration when there is a dispute. I wonder if they just weren't doing good enough to bother to negotiate further and it was a good excuse to exit.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: ylsf

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        earth Rosedale was the restaurant that lasted the longest time at that location: huge number of busted places in the past...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: ylsf

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Live by the trend, die by the trend.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. Dinah's Cupboard on Cumberland seems closed.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. The KFC on Avenue Road north of Lawrence has closed. That place had been there forever. Decades.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: magic

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Wow, really!!!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I believe that was the first in Toronto. I remember when they first opened - yes decades ago - depressed now LOL.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Anyways, they had lineups around the block to get in.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Too much. I wonder what will go in there. That's a huge lot. Possibly more condos I imagine.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: millygirl

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Oh was it the first? Hmm.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Yeah I was suprised to see that. There you go.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I guess we'll see what will take its place.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. Jimmy The Greek Take-Out place @ FCP was boarded up like it never existed on Friday. Not all JTG's are great but this one was IMHO.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: Breadcrumbs


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              As an alternative try JTG in Eaton Centre's Urban Eatery. It's fantastic and extremely well-run.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              10 min walk indoors from FCP. And you get real plates and cutlery.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: magic

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                No way to do that in 10 minutes in the Path... you are going through 9 different buildings and the full length of the Eatons Centre let alone the Paths twists and turns. Even on surface from King & Bay to Dundas & Yonge is quite a hike.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: pourboi

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I'm perhaps the slowest walker on earth. Even I do it in about 10 minutes.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Whether it's 10 minutes or 11 or 12, it's very close. Breadcrumbs has a close option.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. Opa Opa was a small 24 hour greek place right across from Pape station. They opened last summer - and looked like a good bet to be the go to place for some late night Greek food. Good prices, good location.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              They closed one day in the fall, and never re-opened - with STILL no sign of any movement or re-opening.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: drock24

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I noticed that they were open, but never noticed that they closed. But anyway, doesn't your post belong in the 2013 closings thread? It probably didn't help that the Pape subway was under construction when they opened.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. Spring Rolls on Church Street at Richmond is closing next Saturday, per a sign in their window.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. Perhaps a bit off the Chowhound track, but Fat Phil's, which had opened on Marlee, has closed. There's a Bailiff's Notice in the window.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. Peter Pan Bistro @ 373 Queen West has closed after 37 years. New owners will be keeping the same name after renovations.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: bluefirefly

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Whoa that's crazy. The old owners kept that place going through so much change, both personally and to the neighbourhood. Respect.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: bluefirefly

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I saw an article on this somewhere (Maybe NOW magazine). The new owners (or at least partly involved) include the people behind The Feasting Room pop-up.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. Chino Loco's Church St. location is no longer with us.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I loved the unique burritos but the hours got more sporadic in the last couple of years which could be frustrating. They were closed Monday and Tuesday, but we'd show up during posted hours to find it locked up which was frustrating. The upstairs location might have been tricky to manage.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Sign on the door says Jimmy the Greek is going in.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: abigllama

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Their new location isn't too far - Broadview and Gerrard.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. The Pour Girl pub on College St. has a sign over it; it will be renamed the Pre-nup Pub and offering 70 beers on draft.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Mata is taking over Keriwa Cafe. Supposed to be a South American restaurant with a June opening.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. Saw it coming a mile away but according to BlogTo the latest restaurant in the old Plaza Flamingo space called Ricky Ricardo's has closed/is closing:


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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: ylsf

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                That Rick Ricardo's location is cursed, blink and it changes. Think the latest only lasted 5 months. There's a comment on the blogto things saying that staff were not getting paid.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. Serious Sandwiches @ Yonge and Eglinton has a "for lease" sign in the window.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. Fat Phill’s is moving to the NE corner of Yonge/Davisville, from Marlee.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Opening this week I think.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Posted on this thread as it's more of a change than an opening (I guess).

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: magic

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Interesting.. Is this place any good?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: petek

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I used to like it on Marlee when I was younger. Haven't been in yeeeeeeeears. So I don't know.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      It's still around after, what... 20+years, so it's probably doing something right?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. re: magic

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Fat Phill's is now open with a limited menu and hours.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    3. I was surprised to see Hannah's Kitchen is gone at Yonge and Eg. Another condo going in I guess.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I liked their food for lunch.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: wylie1

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        They're still there. Just a little south of their former location.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: wylie1

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Hanna's isn't gone, they just relocated about a block south, same side, fancier digs..

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: petek

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Thanks. I'll look for it next time I'm in the area.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. Jetsun's Juicy Burger on Yonge near Finch seems pretty closed.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. Closed, for now, by DineSafe: Pearl Bayview...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            "Crucial infractions include: Operator fail to prevent an insect infestation. Operator fail to prevent gross unsanitary conditions. Operator fail to ensure food is not contaminated/adulterated. Operator fail to maintain hazardous food(s) at 4C (40F) or colder."

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I wasn't keen on it before....

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. Barootes, the bar at 220 King St. West was replaced a few months ago by a mexican place called El Caballito Tequila y Tacos. They just recently opened the upstairs to the upper scale Los Colibris. Just tried out El Caballito yesterday - see separate review.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. Delux on Ossington is closing. Their last dinner service is June 13.


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. Yet another change of chef (and direction and menu) at Stone Road Grill in NOTL. New guy is Ross Midgely

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. According to BlogTO: "Sandoozles Smokehouse is closed, and while their Facebook claims it's just for renovations, an ad for a turn-key restaurant on Kijiji suggests that's not the case."

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    It was open for just over 6 months...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. Zocalo on Bloor West has announced they will close, last service June 29th.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. After 5 years, Swirl in Leslieville has announced on their website that they are closing and their last day is June 27.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. I'm not sure if anyone caught this, but it looks like Paul's Tomato Pie on Marlee has closed and is being replaced by Mama's (Caribbean/Jamaican).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. Also, Rare in the Eaton Centre food court is out…to be replaced by a Tim Hortons. It also looks like Pita Pure has folded.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: rationallawyer

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              What a shame, that was my favourite in the food court. A bit overpriced but the food was really good. They seemed to change format quite a bit, was slightly different each time I went in regards to the sides.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. Bibiche Bistro has closed

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. Say Cheese on Bloor (close to St. George) has closed.. not sure how long ago but the sign on the door mentioned something about a "brand" taking over their space that they are excited about.... Curious who/what it is.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. Strada 241 in Chinatown on Spadina from Michael and Guy Rubino has closed after 2 years ( http://www.torontolife.com/daily-dish... )

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: pourboi

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    That's really a shame. They were cooking up some consistently decent food with reasonable price tags.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: happycamper

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Oh, thats too bad, I really liked that place.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. re: pourboi

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Walked by yesterday and there was a Landlord notice on the door some was blacked out but it seems they were $60,000 behind in their rent and the landlord locked them out. Everything is still in place on tables and counters behind the big chain and lock on the front door.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: pourboi

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Wow, that's surprising to me. I'd eaten there a number of times and it always came across as a place that was doing pretty well. Always nicely presented and professional. Really too bad.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: ramenramen

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          What a shame, really enjoyed the pizza here. Went a few times and it was always busy, strange that there was a financial issue with them.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    3. Le Trou Normand in Yorkville has two big "For Lease" signs covering their sign now... I remember seeing that it was for sale a few months ago.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. Sorrel restaurant in Yorkville is moving in August and taking over the Patis space in Rosedale.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. The Court Jester on Danforth is apparently moving a block over to Zorba's space, which would surely be the end of Zorba's and I supposed the end of an era. I love some of their hot table food but haven't been in quite a while, due in large part to the depressing atmosphere.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: julesrules

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Now my "source" is confused and says it might be Astoria (Asteria?), the other Greek restaurant in that strip, that the Jester is taking over. And something about becoming a Jewish deli too?!? So basically, I'll believe this rumour when I see it. "Source" drinks too much at the Jester to bring back reliable info.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: julesrules

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              This rumour is confirmed and Zorba's is closed apparently. I guess it says something that no one has mentioned the passing of this once institution and last of its kind on the Danforth. I'll miss knowing it was there.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. Don't know when it happened but Oishi Kada in Kensington Market is gone... replaced by a comic book store

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. Newbie here!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Didn't see anyone mention but Lee Town Chinese Restaurant had closed its door in April. It said it was 20 yrs in business started in 1994.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              On their facebook page... "Today will be the last day of business at our downtown location. We will miss all of you downtown customers and friends. Thank-you for 20 years of business..."

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. They didn't make it quite to the 2 year point, but I Went to Philly at 462 Yonge is closing in a few days according to a sign posted on their doors. The reason? Construction of a new condo complex. Sad. We need more condos like we need potholes on our roads.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: bluefirefly

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  We can hate on condos or we can hate on sprawl I know which one I choose to hate on.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  While we're on the topic of food businesses displaced by condos, Alison Fryer the former manager of the Cookbook Store is going to run a new cookbook department within All the Best Fine Foods.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. Omi (sushi place at Carlton & Parliament) is closed now.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Paper covering windows says will be replaced by Ronnie B's Southern Kitchen and Taps.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Hopefully they'll be offering something other than just bbq, which (I never thought Id say this) is getting played out.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Happy to tell you Honto that it will be something other than bbq! not that bbq is a bad thing!......Southern dishes not too spicy but full of flavour from gumbo and PO' Boys to Chicken & Waffles and Jambalaya. New sign going up very soon, live jazz musicians on Sundays, scratch made cocktails, medium pricing and pretty awesome decor.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. After 17 years, My Market Bakery in Kensington has closed. Another bakery will be taking its place. Both their Facebook and twitter page from their website leads directly to Cheese Magic, which the owners have kept.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: bluefirefly

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Wow. So little is the same ethnically. I hope there will one day soon be a meaningful documentary about the market. One that accurately depicts the decades of change and perhaps the link to the growth and evolution of Toronto itself.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: chowfinder

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Totally agree w you chowfinder. KM is a true Toronto gem. I hope someone is on top of this and documenting the evolution of the market.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Sorry to see MMB go.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. re: bluefirefly

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        That's too bad. I actually liked that place. Probably more nostalgia from student days.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      3. Voulez-Vouz Cafe at Queen & Rhodes is gone. Rent increase forced it out, apparently. The owner is looking for a new space in the same general neighbourhood, I hear. I hope he's able to find some place soon. I really miss the espresso there.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. Craft Dog at King & Church is closed...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          They lasted just over a year... walked by today and there was a closed sign on the door and when I looked in the window they were totally cleared out.. all the equipment gone..

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: pourboi

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I called that one when I saw they added burgers to the menu, then the restaurant death warrant, grilled cheese sandwiches.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. Linwood Essentials has opened and replaced A-OK at 930 Queen St. West. http://www.linwoodessentials.com/

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. Gourmet Burger Company outlet on Charles St just West of Yonge has 3 big "For Lease" signs on it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              They still seem to be adding more locations around town though...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. Have not been in years, but learned that Harbour Sports Grille across from the Weston is no longer with us.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                We're planning a trip to the island this weekend and used to always get those awesome chicken balls there on the way back. Not sure when it closed but looks like it was in the last year or so.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: foodyDudey

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Holy cow that's some major violations. That place was always super busy when we were there, but that definitely explains things.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. Another restaurant that did not make it too much past the 1 year mark. Ardor Bistro on Ossington has closed. One less Peruvian restaurant in the city. I did try it out in the fall and found the food tasty, but a little pricey. In any case, guess we'll have to wait and see which new restaurant takes its place.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: bluefirefly

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    And going into its place will be a restaurant called Borealia. According to their website: "Our menu draws inspiration from the historic foods of the natives, early settlers, and subsequent immigrant groups who arrived in the 18th & 19th centuries." Opening this fall.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. Highland Farms on Dufferin, south of Steeles, now seems to be called Coppa's Fresh Market.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      COPPA’S FRESH MARKET: A NEW BRAND. A NEW VISION

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Stepping into the Coppa’s Fresh Market on Dufferin Street in Toronto, you immediately notice something different from your typical grocery store – a produce department that would appear to have every kind of fruit and vegetable imaginable.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      “We take pride in having the best produce assortment in the city,” says John Louie Coppa, President of Coppa’s Fresh Market, “in our rebranded stores, the product is the hero, and the department signs say it all – we’re all about variety and freshness”.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Coppa’s Fresh Market is the new brand created for three former Highland Farms stores that, last year, separated to become an independent chain. The stores include the former Highland Farms locations on Dufferin Street, Rutherford Road and Bennett Road in the Greater Toronto Area.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      “When we decided to set our own course, it was really all about making sure our customers got a great shopping experience, with the best variety and customer service possible”, says Coppa, “using our family name to brand the stores was our way of telling customers, ‘you can count on us to deliver the best’”.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Other changes to the store are plentiful. The décor has been refreshed with colourful signage and contemporary wayfinding that bring a modern, yet authentic feel to the environment. The most striking feature is a barn board wall treatment in the produce department that includes the company’s new “O” logo and the phrase “a World of Food” in a glowing, illuminated sign.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      “a World of Food” is our brand essence and new tagline,” says Frances Coppa-Gabriele, Vice President at Coppa’s, “it captures the spirit of what we’re all about – bringing the very best, freshest food from around the world – and around the corner – to our customers”.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Recognizing that today’s consumers appreciate quality but are also value-conscious, the stores present a dominant price signage program on end caps and throughout departments. “We have terrific prices, and we wanted to make sure we got credit for it,” explains Coppa-Gabriele, “our new price signage program showcases our value and helps customers easily find great deals”.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      A new name and cosmetic changes to the store aren’t the only things different at Coppa’s Fresh Markets. An invigorated focus on customer service and engagement are part of the DNA of the new brand. “We want to be known for being the destination for food discoveries, healthy options, and expert advice,” says Coppa-Gabriele, “our store associates are critical to helping our customers find the food they love – and discover new tastes”.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      To help define and execute their new brand, Coppa has retained Rodmell & Company – a Toronto-based agency with deep experience in grocery retail – to tackle everything from the new name and brand, to store design, website, brand launch and marketing.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      “Creating and executing this brand is a real treat”, says Patrick Rodmell, President at Rodmell & Company, “walking into their stores, I knew they had something special; it was just a question of defining their new brand in a way that gave them the credit they deserved”.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Rodmell cites the depth of product variety and ease of shopping as key features of Coppa’s success. “The synergy between product display, signage and negative space in the new stores make them very comfortable shopping experiences. It makes you want to explore, which is one of the luxuries of shopping”.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Creating a brand look and feel that was accepted by existing customers – but could also attract new market segments – was a priority for Rodmell. “That’s really the magic of successful rebranding,” says Rodmell , “when existing customers embrace change and new customers are compelled to trial, you know you’ve hit a home run”.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      The official launch of the Coppa’s Fresh Market brand was April 26th, but most of their customers knew the name was changing to Coppa’s long before that. “Over the past year, every step has been carefully planned to make the transition as smooth as possible for our customers”, says Coppa.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Customer reaction to the new name and creative expression of the brand have been overwhelmingly positive. “I’m walking the floors every day, and all I hear are compliments”, says Coppa, “they say the product looks terrific, they really enjoy our new flyer, and the stores feel modern and authentic. It’s exactly the reaction we were hoping for”.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Building on the positive momentum of the new name, Coppa’s has signed a deal for a new location in the GTA, with plans to expand to other locations in the very near future.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      “A new store is a blank canvas, so we can create the ideal Coppa’s Fresh Market concept exactly the way it should be. That’s really exciting”, says Rodmell.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      When asked about the specific location for the first ground-up new Coppa's store, John Louie Coppa replies, “Our concept will stack up well against the competition. But they’ll just have to wait a while to see where we’re going next”.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: magic

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        As I understand it, two of the HF that broke off from the others are now called this. Same owners.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. That dive sports bar, north of Eglinton on Yonge "Main Event" is closed with a sign for a new Korean joint coming soon(Korean Cowboy or something like that)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. Latinada, a Latin American grill resto at 1671 Bloor near Parkside/Keele has closed after many years. There was a note in the window thanking its past customers. Maybe if they had come in more often....

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. Yours Truly has announced that they will close at the end of September

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: bytepusher

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              BlogTo announced this morning that YT will close at the end of September... :-)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. BlogTo has also announced that Starfish Oyster Bed and Grill will be closing down at the end of August and relaunching in October as Pearl Diver. Seems like they are trying to catch on to the trend (is it still a trend?) by offering "Asian-inspired seafood dishes, including lobster bao and seafood ramen as well as more traditional surf-and-turf dishes and a new craft beer menu."

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              They will also interestingly be offering shucked oyster delivery, though I don't know how well that will be taken up...who knows how long it will be sitting in someone's bike?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. Kanji, the sushi restaurant/lounge in Parkdale (1346 Queen Street west) has closed. Going in its place is Duggan's Brewery Parkdale with Jamie Kennedy as executive chef.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. The Coffee Mill in Yorkville will be closing on September 7th after 51 years.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: bluefirefly

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Never heard of the place but looks interesting. Maybe I will try it out before it closes for good.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: ylsf

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Have been going there since I was a Hippie in the 70's. It's a wonderful gem hidden away in a beautiful courtyard. Sit outside. The goulash soup and the schnitzel are wonderful. It's quite old school with a European flare. I think once you go you will be sorry you only just found out about it. Sorry to see it closing, but I'll always have fond memories. Enjoy.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: farmgirl1836

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I don't know how it is now, but in the late 70's and early 80's my car club friends and I would often spend a few hours there after a car event. I can remember sitting outside at a table with them, it was always a good time.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: farmgirl1836

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I've been going to the Coffee Mill for 20 years. While the goulash hasn't been as good this past year as it once was (at least partly due to non-Hungarian kitchen staff, as far as I can tell), I'll stop by for a bowl of goulash and some palacsinta before it closes.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. re: bluefirefly


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        That SUCKS.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Love their food, and their vibe, and service.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Jeez.... it's been around a half century.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      3. I heard that Danforth Pizza House is back in operation under new ownership.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: caviartothegeneral

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Oh no! When did that happen Went twice over the spring/summer and really liked it..

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: caviartothegeneral

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Interesting... One of the many places that I meant to try but never got around to it. Wonder what will take over that space.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: ylsf

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Hopefully not a bad, overpriced rip-off of a successful NYC restaurant.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. re: caviartothegeneral

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I'm surprised it lasted as long as it did. I thought it was horrible!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              3. Maggies, the hole-in-the-wall brunch spot at 20 Charles St. E., has closed. There’s a notice posted from landlord Toronto Parking Authority terminating the lease due to failure to pay $25K rent.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I had grown fond of the greasy spoon. For years, I stopped by each weekend, sometimes on both Saturday and Sunday during patio season. I liked the fruit selection they included in most brunch dishes and their garlicky fries. Their patio had its charm on a nice day. I certainly didn’t go for the service.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                The departure of their long-time cook a little more than a year ago heralded the long, slow decline of Maggies. The restaurant went through a rapid succession of meh-to-bad cooks with accompanying inconsistency of their food. How much garlic do I use on the fries today, much or none? These fries aren’t too burnt to serve, are they? Do I really need to use fresh fruit or does a little mold add character?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Maggies could serve as a case study for George Brown College’s Hospitality and Culinary Arts program: How not to run a restaurant.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Start with service that had always been hit or miss. Use the most competent of the two wait staff as a fill-in cook. When the restaurant is busy make sure the two wait staff spend most of their time chatting with each other rather than serving patrons. When it’s really busy during weekend brunch, choose that time, repeatedly, to send one waitress on a shopping trip to Rabba to buy groceries.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                When it’s slow and there are only two tables occupied during weekend brunch (an all too common scenario in the last few months), ensure the one waitress still on duty spends 95 per cent of her time chatting with her friends at one table, while deftly ignoring frantic hand waves from me at the other table for a coffee refill. If prospective patrons walk in at 2:50 p.m. to a virtually empty restaurant, shoo them away because the posted closing time is 3:30 p.m. Who wants to deal with possible laggards who could delay a quick departure?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                My weekly visits slowed to every other week, then once a month or so, mainly to see if Maggies could change course and avert the impending train wreck. I noticed the once long, 30-minute lineups for weekend brunch service melted away. The small 30-seat restaurant was rarely even half-full at what were formerly packed, peak times. Chairs were falling apart. The smashed glass in a door was patched with a board for months, until the end.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I’ll miss Maggies, but the Maggies of three or four years ago, not what it had become. I hope some restaurateur can make better use of this space.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: rickster

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Very sad to hear about this. This was in our 'hood and we went regularly. But also noticed the decline in the last year.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    We always got the eggs benedict with the gypsy sauce. This was a delicious carrot, tomoato, garlic sauce that could cut through the worst of hangovers.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Anyone know another place that does this? The eggs benedict with gypsy sauce was one of my favourite things to eat for brunch in the city.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. PicNic Wine Bar on Queen East in Riverside/Leslieville seems to be closed. I first noticed the windows papered over a few weeks ago, today I crossed the street to read the notice and it was simply a "thank you for your support" message. It didn't say unequivocally that they were closed forever, but it sure looks that way.