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2014 Restaurant and Food Store CHANGES and CLOSINGS

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Dean Tudor Dec 31, 2013 09:53 PM

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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    rationallawyer Jan 3, 2014 10:52 AM

    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.

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      millygirl Jan 5, 2014 06:21 AM

      Pastis is now closed. George has retired.

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

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        CocoaChanel Jan 5, 2014 01:16 PM

        Nooooooo. :(

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

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          Googs Jan 8, 2014 12:59 PM

          Double NOOOOOOOOoooooooooooooooo

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          pourboi Jan 5, 2014 08:50 AM

          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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            pippineast Jan 6, 2014 01:19 PM

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

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              JennaBean Jan 9, 2014 09:56 AM

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

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                atomeyes Jan 9, 2014 03:56 PM

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

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                bytepusher Jan 7, 2014 03:26 PM

                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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                  TorontoJo Jan 7, 2014 03:45 PM

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

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                  Main334 Jan 8, 2014 12:52 PM

                  Origin Liberty Village is closed

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                    ylsf Jan 8, 2014 08:10 PM

                    Wow, interesting. Anyone know the story behind this?

                    I wonder what kind of restaurant LV needs?

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                      Tatai Jan 8, 2014 08:26 PM

                      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.

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                        justxpete Jan 8, 2014 09:00 PM

                        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. estufarian Jan 9, 2014 05:19 AM

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

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                      Frids Jan 9, 2014 09:51 AM

                      What was that? 6 months?

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                        estufarian Jan 9, 2014 11:36 AM

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

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                      Sam I Am Jan 9, 2014 10:24 AM

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

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                        okuk Jan 11, 2014 03:51 AM

                        They are renovating.

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                          ljamunds Feb 18, 2014 09:06 AM

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

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                        cheesymama Jan 9, 2014 11:54 AM

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

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                          foodyDudey Jan 9, 2014 12:08 PM

                          and it was reported closed last month

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                          Dean Tudor Jan 9, 2014 12:13 PM

                          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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                            foodyDudey Jan 9, 2014 12:41 PM

                            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.

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                              Dean Tudor Jan 9, 2014 03:22 PM

                              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."

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                              CocoaChanel Jan 9, 2014 06:49 PM

                              Quince is staying open

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                              bluefirefly Jan 9, 2014 05:50 PM

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

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                                emq Feb 22, 2014 12:08 PM

                                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.

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                                bluefirefly Jan 14, 2014 06:36 PM

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

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                                  magic Jan 18, 2014 01:29 PM

                                  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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                                    petek Jan 18, 2014 01:43 PM

                                    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.

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                                      magic Jan 18, 2014 01:46 PM

                                      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.

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                                        petek Jan 18, 2014 01:50 PM

                                        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!

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                                          magic Jan 18, 2014 01:51 PM

                                          Agreed!!

                                  2. foodyDudey Jan 18, 2014 06:46 PM

                                    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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                                      bytepusher Jan 22, 2014 05:33 PM

                                      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.

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                                        julesrules Jan 29, 2014 11:45 AM

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

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                                          KhaoSanRoad Jan 29, 2014 12:07 PM

                                          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

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                                      pourboi Jan 22, 2014 12:43 PM

                                      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.

                                      http://www.cp24.com/polopoly_fs/1.165...

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                                        pourboi Jan 23, 2014 10:58 AM

                                        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..

                                         
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                                        schmecks Jan 22, 2014 04:53 PM

                                        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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                                          KhaoSanRoad Jan 22, 2014 07:42 PM

                                          you are joking right?

                                          - khao san road

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                                          bluefirefly Jan 22, 2014 07:11 PM

                                          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.

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                                            bluefirefly Jan 25, 2014 04:39 PM

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

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                                              HandPay Jan 28, 2014 01:18 PM

                                              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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                                                millygirl Jan 28, 2014 02:28 PM

                                                Yeah, pretty crappy if you ask me.

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                                                  LemonLauren Feb 18, 2014 09:03 AM

                                                  good riddance.

                                                2. justsayn Jan 28, 2014 01:54 PM

                                                  Murray's Sandwich is papered up on Queen W.

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                                                    ramenramen Jan 29, 2014 07:15 AM

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

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                                                    Snarf Jan 29, 2014 06:44 AM

                                                    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. kwass Jan 29, 2014 05:25 PM

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

                                                      1. foodyDudey Jan 29, 2014 05:36 PM

                                                        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.

                                                        http://www.torontolife.com/daily-dish...

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

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                                                          CocoaChanel Jan 29, 2014 06:08 PM

                                                          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.

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                                                            foodyDudey Jan 29, 2014 06:12 PM

                                                            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!

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                                                          Dean Tudor Jan 31, 2014 03:28 PM

                                                          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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                                                            disgusti Jan 31, 2014 04:12 PM

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

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                                                              Calam1ty Feb 16, 2014 04:51 AM

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

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                                                            Dean Tudor Jan 31, 2014 04:25 PM

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

                                                            1. justsayn Feb 3, 2014 07:12 AM

                                                              Late report but Kekou is closed for the winter.

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                                                                Gary Feb 8, 2014 05:42 AM

                                                                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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                                                                  pourboi Feb 8, 2014 05:48 AM

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

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                                                                  BIGeater100 Feb 8, 2014 07:07 AM

                                                                  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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                                                                    foodyDudey Feb 8, 2014 06:33 PM

                                                                    Where did you read it? Here? http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/963359

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                                                                      BIGeater100 Feb 12, 2014 07:09 AM

                                                                      I think I read it online at Toronto Life

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                                                                    CarNut Feb 8, 2014 09:03 AM

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

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                                                                      pourboi Feb 8, 2014 09:35 AM

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

                                                                      Guess we are not the city for eggs...

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                                                                        KhaoSanRoad Feb 8, 2014 12:35 PM

                                                                        maybe we are too high and just need lowered eggspectations.

                                                                        - khao san road

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                                                                          justsayn Feb 8, 2014 12:38 PM

                                                                          Or maybe the place sucked....eggs.

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                                                                            Dean Tudor Feb 8, 2014 01:09 PM

                                                                            Eggzactly my thoughts.

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                                                                            trane Feb 12, 2014 08:12 AM

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

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                                                                          Gary Feb 8, 2014 12:52 PM

                                                                          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.

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                                                                          magic Feb 8, 2014 06:07 PM

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

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                                                                            justsayn Feb 8, 2014 06:16 PM

                                                                            Bout time?

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                                                                              magic Feb 8, 2014 06:27 PM

                                                                              There you have it.

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                                                                              CarNut Feb 8, 2014 08:46 PM

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

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                                                                                magic Feb 9, 2014 05:58 AM

                                                                                Thanks CarNut.

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                                                                                happycamper Feb 9, 2014 09:33 AM

                                                                                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.

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                                                                                CuriousCat Feb 9, 2014 09:21 AM

                                                                                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.

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                                                                                  pourboi Feb 11, 2014 08:55 PM

                                                                                  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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                                                                                    magic Feb 12, 2014 06:41 AM

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

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                                                                                    juno Feb 12, 2014 07:44 AM

                                                                                    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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                                                                                      foodyDudey Feb 12, 2014 08:03 AM

                                                                                      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.

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                                                                                        trane Feb 12, 2014 08:11 AM

                                                                                        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.

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                                                                                          magic Feb 12, 2014 08:18 AM

                                                                                          Too bad. German food is fantastic.

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                                                                                            foodyDudey Feb 12, 2014 09:43 AM

                                                                                            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.

                                                                                             
                                                                                             
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                                                                                          millygirl Feb 12, 2014 08:55 AM

                                                                                          and.....how was it fD?

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                                                                                            foodyDudey Feb 12, 2014 09:32 AM

                                                                                            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:
                                                                                            https://twitter.com/DasGasthausTO/status/428318909976956928

                                                                                            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.

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                                                                                              321canada Feb 19, 2014 05:03 PM

                                                                                              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.

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                                                                                            estufarian Feb 12, 2014 09:46 AM

                                                                                            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.

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                                                                                              foodyDudey Feb 12, 2014 09:53 AM

                                                                                              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!

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                                                                                                estufarian Feb 12, 2014 10:03 AM

                                                                                                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.

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                                                                                                321canada Feb 19, 2014 05:24 PM

                                                                                                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 :-)

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                                                                                                julesrules Feb 18, 2014 09:02 AM

                                                                                                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.

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                                                                                              disgusti Feb 13, 2014 12:10 PM

                                                                                              scarpetta in the thompson is closing

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                                                                                                kwass Feb 13, 2014 12:27 PM

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

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                                                                                                  pourboi Feb 13, 2014 12:39 PM

                                                                                                  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.

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                                                                                                    kwass Feb 13, 2014 12:43 PM

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

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                                                                                                      pourboi Feb 13, 2014 12:46 PM

                                                                                                      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...

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                                                                                                        kwass Feb 13, 2014 12:48 PM

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

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                                                                                                          justsayn Feb 13, 2014 12:54 PM

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

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                                                                                                      justsayn Feb 13, 2014 12:54 PM

                                                                                                      Can't disagree enough with all those excuses.

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                                                                                                        kwass Feb 13, 2014 01:04 PM

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

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                                                                                                    ylsf Feb 13, 2014 02:17 PM

                                                                                                    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:

                                                                                                    http://www.blogto.com/deadpool/2014/0...

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                                                                                                      kwass Feb 13, 2014 03:29 PM

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

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                                                                                                        MissBingBing Feb 13, 2014 03:35 PM

                                                                                                        Tell me about it!

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                                                                                                          pourboi Feb 13, 2014 03:45 PM

                                                                                                          so you are the reason they closed! :-)

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                                                                                                            kwass Feb 13, 2014 04:10 PM

                                                                                                            Must be ;)

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                                                                                                        bluefirefly Feb 21, 2014 10:15 AM

                                                                                                        To be reopening as Colette Grand Cafe.

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                                                                                                          foodyDudey Feb 21, 2014 10:40 AM

                                                                                                          There is a bit more info in this press release

                                                                                                          http://www.marketwired.com/press-rele...

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                                                                                                        bytepusher Feb 13, 2014 04:30 PM

                                                                                                        Brockton General is to close, last service March 9th

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                                                                                                          kwass Feb 13, 2014 04:35 PM

                                                                                                          Now that's sad.

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                                                                                                            LexiFirefly Feb 14, 2014 10:47 AM

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

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                                                                                                              bytepusher Feb 14, 2014 10:50 AM

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

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                                                                                                                LexiFirefly Feb 14, 2014 10:55 AM

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

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                                                                                                              happycamper Feb 14, 2014 12:59 PM

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

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                                                                                                              pourboi Feb 16, 2014 03:12 PM

                                                                                                              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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                                                                                                                foodyDudey Feb 16, 2014 06:29 PM

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

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                                                                                                                  pourboi Feb 16, 2014 08:55 PM

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

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                                                                                                                bluefirefly Feb 16, 2014 06:35 PM

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

                                                                                                                1. Nevy Feb 16, 2014 09:45 PM

                                                                                                                  Just read that Petite Thuet in Financial District is closing

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                                                                                                                    pourboi Feb 16, 2014 09:53 PM

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

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                                                                                                                    millygirl Feb 17, 2014 01:38 PM

                                                                                                                    I think Locale on the Danforth has closed down.

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                                                                                                                      bluefirefly Feb 17, 2014 01:49 PM

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

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                                                                                                                        millygirl Feb 20, 2014 07:30 AM

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

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                                                                                                                        foodyDudey Feb 17, 2014 03:03 PM

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

                                                                                                                        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/9297...

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                                                                                                                        BIGeater100 Feb 18, 2014 07:44 AM

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

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                                                                                                                          foodyDudey Feb 18, 2014 08:09 AM

                                                                                                                          The website says "closed for renovations".

                                                                                                                          http://www.sher-e-punjab.ca/

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                                                                                                                            BIGeater100 Feb 18, 2014 08:31 AM

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

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                                                                                                                          magic Feb 18, 2014 04:43 PM

                                                                                                                          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.

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                                                                                                                            BIGeater100 Feb 19, 2014 06:36 AM

                                                                                                                            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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                                                                                                                              happycamper Feb 20, 2014 07:37 AM

                                                                                                                              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!

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                                                                                                                              Dean Tudor Feb 20, 2014 12:20 PM

                                                                                                                              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. kwass Feb 20, 2014 01:09 PM

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

                                                                                                                                http://metronews.ca/news/canada/94842...

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                                                                                                                                  Nevy Feb 20, 2014 03:21 PM

                                                                                                                                  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.

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                                                                                                                                    disgusti Feb 20, 2014 03:42 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                    Wino In Training Feb 21, 2014 11:33 AM

                                                                                                                                    No!!! Not the Walnut Crunch!!!

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                                                                                                                                      Michael N Feb 21, 2014 02:16 PM

                                                                                                                                      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.

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                                                                                                                                        Wino In Training Feb 22, 2014 08:52 AM

                                                                                                                                        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.

                                                                                                                                        Damn.

                                                                                                                                  3. damonster Feb 21, 2014 08:16 AM

                                                                                                                                    Thought It was worth mentioning that the Cookbook Store is closing.
                                                                                                                                    http://www.cook-book.com/

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                                                                                                                                      magic Feb 21, 2014 08:30 AM

                                                                                                                                      Wow, that is SAD :(

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                                                                                                                                        justsayn Feb 21, 2014 08:33 AM

                                                                                                                                        retail and commerce is a chang'n...

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                                                                                                                                        Dean Tudor Feb 21, 2014 01:05 PM

                                                                                                                                        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...

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                                                                                                                                          Breadcrumbs Mar 15, 2014 02:53 PM

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

                                                                                                                                          http://www.theglobeandmail.com/life/f...

                                                                                                                                          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.

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                                                                                                                                            rstuart Mar 15, 2014 03:43 PM

                                                                                                                                            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!

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                                                                                                                                          bluefirefly Feb 21, 2014 02:25 PM

                                                                                                                                          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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                                                                                                                                            peddlefood Mar 19, 2014 09:57 AM

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

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                                                                                                                                            magic Feb 22, 2014 06:48 AM

                                                                                                                                            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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                                                                                                                                              justsayn Feb 22, 2014 10:52 AM

                                                                                                                                              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.

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                                                                                                                                                magic Feb 22, 2014 12:23 PM

                                                                                                                                                That's right, they were there.

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

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                                                                                                                                                  justsayn Feb 22, 2014 02:00 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                              magic Feb 24, 2014 06:37 AM

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

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                                                                                                                                                wylie1 Feb 28, 2014 05:18 AM

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

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                                                                                                                                                pourboi Feb 25, 2014 10:41 AM

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

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                                                                                                                                                  magic Feb 27, 2014 09:48 AM

                                                                                                                                                  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. happycamper Feb 28, 2014 05:10 AM

                                                                                                                                                    Grace on College has closed.
                                                                                                                                                    http://www.torontolife.com/daily-dish...

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                                                                                                                                                      bluefirefly Feb 28, 2014 03:57 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                      pourboi Mar 3, 2014 04:06 PM

                                                                                                                                                      Patachou - both locations closing this May 3rd.

                                                                                                                                                      http://www.thegridto.com/blog-post/cl...

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                                                                                                                                                        kwass Mar 3, 2014 04:22 PM

                                                                                                                                                        That's so sad!

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                                                                                                                                                          millygirl Mar 3, 2014 04:27 PM

                                                                                                                                                          Wow! That is sad....

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                                                                                                                                                            petek Mar 3, 2014 05:38 PM

                                                                                                                                                            35 years is a very good run.

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                                                                                                                                                          magic Mar 3, 2014 06:25 PM

                                                                                                                                                          First Pastis and now this.

                                                                                                                                                          Depressing.

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                                                                                                                                                            pourboi Mar 3, 2014 06:27 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                              kwass Mar 3, 2014 06:33 PM

                                                                                                                                                              What is going on in this city?

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                                                                                                                                                                Dean Tudor Mar 3, 2014 06:38 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                  kwass Mar 3, 2014 06:58 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                    pourboi Mar 3, 2014 07:21 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                      kwass Mar 3, 2014 07:23 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                    disgusti Mar 3, 2014 07:05 PM

                                                                                                                                                                    jesus christ, no it's not

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                                                                                                                                                                    MissBingBing Mar 4, 2014 06:02 AM

                                                                                                                                                                    Shocking, isn't it?

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                                                                                                                                                                      kwass Mar 4, 2014 06:51 AM

                                                                                                                                                                      Sad more than anything.

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                                                                                                                                                                        millygirl Mar 4, 2014 06:54 AM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                Wino In Training Mar 4, 2014 06:58 AM

                                                                                                                                                                Nooo!!!!

                                                                                                                                                                Where am I supposed to get Bostock now?!?

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                                                                                                                                                                pourboi Mar 6, 2014 04:36 PM

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

                                                                                                                                                                http://toronto.en.craigslist.ca/yrk/b...

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

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

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                                                                                                                                                                  happycamper Mar 6, 2014 04:53 PM

                                                                                                                                                                  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.

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                                                                                                                                                                    camerlog Mar 22, 2014 05:41 PM

                                                                                                                                                                    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.

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                                                                                                                                                                    bytepusher Mar 7, 2014 05:16 AM

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

                                                                                                                                                                    Shame, it was by all accounts a hidden gem.

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                                                                                                                                                                      syoung Mar 11, 2014 02:52 PM

                                                                                                                                                                      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.

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                                                                                                                                                                        BigBabyYeezuS Mar 12, 2014 03:33 PM

                                                                                                                                                                        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.

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                                                                                                                                                                          syoung Mar 22, 2014 10:18 PM

                                                                                                                                                                          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.

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                                                                                                                                                                      magic Mar 9, 2014 06:45 AM

                                                                                                                                                                      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.

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                                                                                                                                                                        bluefirefly Mar 11, 2014 08:34 PM

                                                                                                                                                                        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.

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                                                                                                                                                                          pourboi Mar 13, 2014 12:20 PM

                                                                                                                                                                          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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                                                                                                                                                                            foodyDudey Mar 14, 2014 08:10 AM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                              Gary Mar 16, 2014 06:15 AM

                                                                                                                                                                              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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                amsuka Mar 19, 2014 05:52 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                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.

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                                                                                                                                                                              peddlefood Mar 19, 2014 09:53 AM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                bytepusher Mar 24, 2014 09:41 AM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                  boxcarira Mar 24, 2014 09:54 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                  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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                                                                                                                                                                                    MeMeMe Apr 6, 2014 06:09 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                    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. petek Mar 27, 2014 11:10 AM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                      foodyDudey Mar 27, 2014 01:14 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                        petek Mar 27, 2014 01:16 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                        Nope..the store is closed and for lease.

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                                                                                                                                                                                          foodyDudey Mar 27, 2014 01:22 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                          Then Marlon's Meat's is NOT for lease

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                                                                                                                                                                                            petek Mar 27, 2014 01:26 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                            That's what I said.

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                                                                                                                                                                                              pourboi Mar 27, 2014 01:32 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                petek Mar 27, 2014 01:37 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                How do you know the whole building is for lease?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                  pourboi Mar 27, 2014 01:52 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                  How do you know its not?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                    petek Mar 27, 2014 01:56 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                    I never said I did.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                      foodyDudey Mar 27, 2014 01:59 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                        pourboi Mar 27, 2014 02:03 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                        You sold me a dead parrot!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                          LexiFirefly Mar 27, 2014 02:06 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                          No, no it's just sleeping.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                            petek Mar 27, 2014 02:06 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                            "It's not dead it's resting"

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                                                                                                                                                                                                            petek Mar 27, 2014 02:04 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Just takin' the piss..

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                                                                                                                                                                                          bluefirefly Mar 28, 2014 05:17 AM

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

                                                                                                                                                                                          1. kwass Mar 28, 2014 03:25 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                              foodyDudey Mar 28, 2014 03:46 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                kwass Mar 28, 2014 03:52 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                Lol

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                                                                                                                                                                                                magic Mar 28, 2014 04:44 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                  kwass Mar 28, 2014 04:49 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                  Ted Richards Mar 30, 2014 01:56 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                  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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                    magic Mar 30, 2014 04:53 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Thanks for that info, good to know.

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Surely it can't only be takeout?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                      Googs Mar 31, 2014 11:35 AM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                        Ted Richards Apr 1, 2014 08:28 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                        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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                          Snarf Apr 1, 2014 08:48 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                          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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                      Googs Mar 31, 2014 11:32 AM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                      magic Mar 29, 2014 12:01 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                      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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                        bluefirefly Mar 29, 2014 03:49 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                        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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                          GoBuds99 Mar 29, 2014 06:01 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                          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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                                                                                                                                                                                                            petek Mar 31, 2014 03:20 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                            <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)

                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. mrsleny Mar 29, 2014 08:50 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                            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?

                                                                                                                                                                                                            cheers!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                              ylsf Mar 31, 2014 11:50 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                              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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                KhaoSanRoad Mar 31, 2014 01:02 PM

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                - khao san road

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                bytepusher Apr 1, 2014 04:34 PM

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. kwass Apr 3, 2014 07:22 AM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                    jacquieF Apr 3, 2014 11:40 AM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                      pourboi Apr 4, 2014 03:23 PM

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      http://www.thegridto.com/blog-post/fo...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                        bluefirefly Apr 4, 2014 05:50 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        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!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                          bluefirefly Apr 5, 2014 07:33 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                            schmecks Apr 8, 2014 06:44 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                            LeeMina Apr 7, 2014 07:33 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            https://www.facebook.com/ruelo.toronto

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                              JDAWG Apr 8, 2014 10:58 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              http://www.ilpanettone.ca/about-us.html

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                foodyDudey Apr 8, 2014 07:51 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                magic Apr 12, 2014 06:14 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  petek Apr 12, 2014 07:05 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    magic Apr 12, 2014 07:32 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Yes sir.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      petek Apr 12, 2014 08:09 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        magic Apr 13, 2014 03:08 AM

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. rosieintoronto Apr 13, 2014 05:54 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    bluefirefly Apr 13, 2014 07:49 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Teatro at 505 College has closed.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      magic about 19 hours ago

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

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