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Dean Tudor Dec 31, 2013 09:56 PM

It is a tough time of year to open, but if a resto closes, then its space can become another boite.

Has anybody noticed any new diners or places to eat, to buy food, including new online services for delivery and/or food purchases.????

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    magic Jan 1, 2014 07:26 AM

    Tap Kosher Market has its sign up on the site of the old Perl's location, at Bathurst/Lawrence.

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      ylsf Jan 1, 2014 11:12 AM

      Thanks for the new thread, one of my favourite around here. I will throw this link in here. BlogTo's top 10 expected new spots. I think most if not all were mentioned in the 2013 thread at some point but it is good to have a reminder of what to look out for in 2014!

      http://www.blogto.com/eat_drink/2013/...

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        Dean Tudor Jan 1, 2014 12:15 PM

        ylsf -- I agree, and thanks for posting this reminder and link!!!

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        Sagesse Jan 1, 2014 08:50 PM

        In the former "Big Fish" space at 406 Queen West (basically across from Burger's Priest) there's a hanging sign that says "Rose City Food Co." (or something like that) that's been up for about a week. I can't find any info on google but a name that comes to mind is Anthony Rose. Anyone know anything else?

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          justsayn Jan 1, 2014 09:36 PM

          http://instagram.com/p/ijKLkXArIg/

          Rosecitykitchen.com

          Gourmet bitches

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            ylsf Jan 2, 2014 06:09 AM

            Good find. And from that instagram post:

            " Gourmet Middle Eastern fare . Freshly made Pita , home made sauces , pickles etc ."

            Only had food from their food truck once and it was "okay". Always good to have more options in that area in case the line is too long at Burger Priest, closed at BMB or just don't feel like a burger at P & L burgers!

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              KhaoSanRoad Jan 2, 2014 07:09 AM

              that space was in very high demand and is barely larger than a foodtruck.

              spadina & queen is sandwich central: hero, bqm, priest, p&l, mcds, a&w, bmb, le gourmand, rose city, subway, nora kabob, quiznos, burro burrito.

              - khao san road

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                justxpete Jan 2, 2014 08:30 AM

                How's Nora kabob?

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                  JennaBean Jan 14, 2014 11:56 AM

                  I like Nora's but it is usually after a show at the Horseshoe so take it with a grain of salt!

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          ylsf Jan 2, 2014 06:07 AM

          Sky Blue Sky with a current location in the Annex is opening up a 2nd one at the old Sun Media building on King down the street from George Brown...

          Via NOW magazine:

          http://www.nowtoronto.com/food/story....

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            millygirl Jan 2, 2014 06:47 AM

            Von Donuts on Danforth, just east of Pape. Haven't been myself YET, but getting some very good press and reviews from neighbours.

            Apparently the couple that own it are very sweet also.

            Their website features the Donuts of the Day list.

            1. petek Jan 2, 2014 01:57 PM

              Not sure if it opened in December or January but SIP Wine Bar is open(on Broadway just east of Yonge)

              1. kwass Jan 3, 2014 12:53 PM

                Kinton Ramen is opening a 2nd location on Bloor St. in Koreatown called Kinton Ramen 2. They're offering a choice between pork-based broth and chicken-based broth. I guess the chicken-based broths are catching on.

                http://www.postcity.com/Eat-Shop-Do/E...

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                  Food Tourist Jan 14, 2014 11:21 AM

                  There's also the new ramen shop opening by Kingyo owner, Ramen Isshin.

                2. kwass Jan 3, 2014 02:03 PM

                  A new Latin American Restaurant called Ricky Ricardo's just opened up on College St.

                  Here's a link to the BlogTo write-up:

                  http://www.blogto.com/restaurants/ric...

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                    ylsf Jan 4, 2014 07:14 PM

                    Curious to hear if it is any good if any CHers go. I was not a fan of the space before when it was Plaza Flamingo. Probably won't rush to this new place but I am still curious.

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                    ylsf Jan 4, 2014 07:15 PM

                    Snakes and Lattes is opening up "Snakes and Lagers" on College street in the old Smokeless Joe's location

                    http://www.blogto.com/eat_drink/2014/...

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                      justsayn Jan 4, 2014 11:35 PM

                      Genius!

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                        Food Tourist Mar 26, 2014 04:56 PM

                        Snakes 'n' Lagers serves fantastic food. It's a snack bar with cocktails ...that happens to have board games. Go! Some amazing sliders. Just be aware that there is still a $5 cover charge no matter how much food/drink you consume so be sure to play a few games and learn a few new games from the experts. At least their games aren't grimy and old like at their Lattes location!

                      2. num nums Jan 4, 2014 07:28 PM

                        There's a coming soon sign for a Japanese curry place next door to Sansotei on Dundas. I think it's called "Gyugyuya". Nice to see some more curry places opening to balance out all of the ramen places.

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                          Meggers12 Jan 7, 2014 07:18 PM

                          The Carbon Bar at Queen and Church, from the same guys behind Nota Bene.

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                            foodyDudey Jan 7, 2014 09:23 PM

                            Carbon Bar opened last year, not in 2014

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                              pourboi Jan 7, 2014 09:57 PM

                              I think when a place opens on like Dec 15th It deserves to cross over into the next years list... Just like I am sure it will be considered for inclusion in any best new restaurant of 2014 list...

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                                estufarian Jan 8, 2014 07:38 AM

                                No! No! No!
                                What if it opened on Dec 14th - does that qualify too?
                                If so, then 13th etc. etc.
                                The topic is 2014.

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                                  justsayn Jan 8, 2014 07:42 AM

                                  Shoot me now!

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                                    The Chowhound Team Jan 8, 2014 09:08 AM

                                    Folks, lets try not to be too rigid on this, please. These threads are divided up for convenience and it doesn't need to be a hard and fast rule that thou shalt not talk about anything from the year before. Thanks.

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                            laidoffhound Jan 8, 2014 11:56 AM

                            "Something Yummy" (or delicious, can't remember) is coming to St. Clair and Christie - few doors down from the Stockyards.

                            Also, technically 2013, but a new butcher opened on St. Clair a few weeks ago, just down from Pukka: Roast. This area has been dying for a place like this. I tried some prepared food (split pea soup was amazing) and some bone-in Berkshire pork chops (which were also quite good). Apparently they intend to sell peameal bacon sandwiches on Saturdays starting soon. Overall looks promising.

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                              kwass Jan 8, 2014 12:07 PM

                              That sign's been up for a while. Wonder what it's going to be?

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                                laidoffhound Jan 8, 2014 01:16 PM

                                That's not a good sign - doesn't look like any renos have commenced. Fingers' crossed for a KSR, sabai sabai type thai place.

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                                  kwass Jan 8, 2014 01:21 PM

                                  That would be nice. Nuit and Jeff are opening another restaurant, but I think it's going to be further downtown.

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                                    Full tummy Jan 8, 2014 06:17 PM

                                    Maybe Nuit and Jeff would consider east end. Leslieville, Beaches, Little India area really could use something wonderful!

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                              MorseCat Jan 8, 2014 12:56 PM

                              Union Social opened Monday at Yonge and St Clair - in the location that was Frans for many years, then something else, then Fionn Mc Cools then Harrys. The space was completely renovated before Urban Social opened. No menu is posted outside but there is another Urban Social when we google so I assume it is affiliated. No one from my office has been yet, but the weather has been very cold this week.

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                                ylsf Jan 8, 2014 08:47 PM

                                Interesting news on Now Toronto including this below:

                                http://www.nowtoronto.com/food/story....

                                Brad Moore of Liberty Village’s perpetually packed School has just announced that he will be launching six (!) new ventures in the new ART condo at the foot of Dovercourt. Grouped under the umbrella of Memory Lane and Company, they comprise Bar Bronson, the Recess and Jiffy Diners, the Soda Fountain & Ice Cream parlour, the Brown Bag Bakery and Farm & Foodical Natural Foods, the last four set to be open 24/7 once they’re up and running later this spring. Moore promises a retro 50s look to recall the days “before factories got hold of our food.”

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                                  Dean Tudor Jan 9, 2014 12:16 PM

                                  Little Sister (Indonesian snacks) to open April 2014 at 2031 Yonge street, helmed by the current owners of Quince.

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                                    Dean Tudor Jan 9, 2014 03:21 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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                                      hal2010 Jan 16, 2014 06:51 PM

                                      Looking forward to that one!

                                  2. Nevy Jan 10, 2014 05:00 AM

                                    This is a bit of a lame post for an opening but I was doing research for my upcoming business trip and I found out that Pearson is upgrading their restaurants. They are announcing several new restaurants run by local 'celebrity' chefs. These are all scheduled for 2014. Here is the official 'summary' from Pearson.

                                    The Hearth: Serving Terminal 1, USA Departures, The Hearth offers flavourful creations of hearth-fired flatbreads, fresh salads, sandwiches and small plates, in partnership with celebrity chef and celebrated cookbook author Lynn Crawford.

                                    Asian Kitchen by Susur Lee: World renowned chef Susur Lee brings bistro style entrees with modern Asian and French influences to Terminal 1, International Departures.

                                    Twist: Twist will offer a “global twist” on locally sourced North American comfort foods with menu items like Splat Scones, made with Devonshire cream, lavender honey, and peameal bacon; and the Roasted Cornish Hen with Moroccan spice rub, created by Toronto television host and cookbook author Roger Mooking.

                                    Paramount:Serving Terminal 1, Presecurity and Terminal 3, International Departures, these Middle Eastern restaurants will feature the freshest Ontario barbeque grilled halal meats, and favourites such as shawarma, freshly baked pita bread, hummus, sandwiches and pizza, part of a family of well-known Toronto restaurants.

                                    Caplansky’s Deli and Caplansky’s Snack Bar: Toronto favourite Zane Caplansky brings traditional Jewish deli offerings including breakfast plates, heaping deli sandwiches and home-style dinner entrees to two locations, one in Terminal 1, Presecurity and one in Terminal 3, Domestic Departures.

                                    Bar 120: Cuisine Transformed: Serving Terminal 1, Domestic Departures, Bar 120 will create a dining experience for travellers featuring recognizable food with a twist of modern molecular cuisine developed with Toronto’s renowned modernist chef John Placko.

                                    Barcuterie: A new concept, Barcuterie will feature a fine array of cured meats, cheeses, along with craft cocktails, local beers and wines, in Terminal 1, Presecurity.

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                                      TorontoTuna Jan 10, 2014 05:25 AM

                                      Sounds great...but it's still 8th-circle-of-Hell Pearson. For domestic flights and most routes to the States, I'll dine at Buca then jump on a Porter at relaxed Billy Bishop.

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                                        Food Tourist Jan 14, 2014 11:22 AM

                                        Paramount? You just made this Aeroplan member very, very happy.

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                                          Vinnie Vidimangi Apr 10, 2014 10:51 AM

                                          At the airport, Caplansky doesn't have to worry about customers not coming back .
                                          Does anyone know if an airport location equals a guaranteed profit?

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                                            KhaoSanRoad Apr 10, 2014 11:29 AM

                                            i believe they are licensing deals with consulting contracts. so as long as they arent selling their licensed product at a loss, all is good.

                                            - khao san road

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                                            hal2010 Apr 10, 2014 05:30 PM

                                            Chris Nutall Smith reviewed the first wave of new restaurants recently

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

                                            He was not so unimpressed with the biggest name places.

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                                              Nevy Apr 11, 2014 04:21 AM

                                              I haven't eaten at the good places but I agree the 4 in the international Terminal 1 area are mostly average to awful. I'll have to try the sandwich again at Fetta after reading the review.

                                              It's too bad all of my flights are out of this section of the airport. :(

                                              I heard Paramount is the first to go in this year as part of wave 2. I haven't figured out its location but I understand it's pre-security.

                                          3. ComerDemonio Jan 12, 2014 06:32 AM

                                            Has anybody been to Small Town Food Co in Parkdale?

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

                                            1. Food Tourist Jan 14, 2014 11:25 AM

                                              In New Toronto (Lake Shore west of Islington but east of Long Branch) there are a couple of opening soon signs up in windows: 850˚ pizza; and Ember Hot Stove and Social House opening February 2014. www.emberhotstove.com

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                                                Food Tourist Jan 16, 2014 08:21 PM

                                                I think BlogTO is stealing my thunder.

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                                                  FrenchSoda Jan 22, 2014 02:30 PM

                                                  I've been curious about the 850 pizza sign! I wonder when it is opening.

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                                                    Food Tourist Feb 11, 2014 05:22 PM

                                                    Ember looks open. The paper is down and I noticed 3 people seated inside.

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                                                      FrenchSoda Feb 20, 2014 02:37 PM

                                                      Has anyone been in?

                                                      Separately, has the Lakeshore Pizza e Pazi opened? There doesn't seem to be anything about it on their website.

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                                                        FrenchSoda Mar 4, 2014 06:04 AM

                                                        Answering my own comment - looks like they have closed down already. Something to do with landlord disputes? Disappointing :(

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                                                          foodyDudey Mar 4, 2014 09:25 AM

                                                          What has closed down? 850? Ember? Lakeshore Pizza e Pazi ?

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                                                            FrenchSoda Mar 4, 2014 10:05 AM

                                                            Oops - should have been more specific! Apparently Pizza e Pazi is closed already and not re-opening?!

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                                                              ylsf Mar 4, 2014 12:19 PM

                                                              Did Pizza e Pazzi even open up in Etobicoke? Wow, wonder what the issues were there, I hope they didn't sink a lot of money into renos.

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                                                      Food Tourist Mar 26, 2014 04:07 PM

                                                      Ember's menu is Canadian coast to coast. It's average food. Definitely not a shining example of Canadian cuisine but everything is homemade: fries (good), Halifax donair (not as good as Hopgood's Foodliner's fatter messier version), lobster mac 'n' cheese (average), prairie/Calgary ginger beef (tough and cold), chicken wings (great), cocktails ($10, strong).

                                                    3. Food Tourist Jan 14, 2014 11:28 AM

                                                      West Queen West is getting barbecue. Sign says Smoke & Mirrors BBQ. Tweeted menu http://3gamechangers.wordpress.com/20... apparently Texas-style.

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                                                        pourboi Jan 14, 2014 11:49 AM

                                                        Not Texas Style if you read their menu! I would call it Fusion!

                                                        Some of the items on their menu:

                                                        New Delhi smoke paneer burger, Smoked duck wings, smoked shrimp with jack cheese on a tortilla, smoked rashers, montreal smoked meat and to top it off cupcakes!

                                                        3 kids just graduated from Western with no cooking or restaurant experience and it seems they are taking over a Thai place...

                                                        Just read their blog (http://3gamechangers.wordpress.com/).. their first post on Sept 18th said:


                                                        WHAT UP, ROOKIES! I’m Luke, one of the 3 Game Changers (the sexy one, obviously). We’re super psyched to be EXPLODING onto TO’s resto scene, and sharing our all-star idea with you. We’re working like champs getting ready to open our first-ever restaurant: New Delhi Burgers. Fist pump!

                                                        So in a 4 months they have not opened and have totally changed their concept... sounds like a great start...

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                                                          pourboi Jan 14, 2014 01:52 PM

                                                          Oh then on Oct 26th they decided to drop burgers and do sandwiches! http://3gamechangers.wordpress.com/2013/10/26/33/

                                                          Then on Dec 13 they decide on BBQ .. http://3gamechangers.wordpress.com/2013/12/13/the-smokier-the-better/

                                                          "The more we use our monster of a smoker, the more we learn. Like last weekend, we were trying to make Montreal smoked meat, and it kept coming out Texas-style brisket!"

                                                          Oi Vey! I can see a "DeadPool" on the horizon..

                                                          Follow their twitter here: https://twitter.com/YippyKiYayTO

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                                                            Michael N Jan 14, 2014 02:15 PM

                                                            That blog is pretty rough. They come off a bit... well, I don't want to get into name-calling, but it's like the characters from Entourage became real people, moved to Toronto and decided to open a restaurant.

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                                                              pourboi Jan 14, 2014 02:36 PM

                                                              Here is their own description of one of the partners:

                                                              "Luke’s our wheeler & dealer. He’s using his biz background to let Torontonians know what makes us revolutionary, and legendary, and contemporary, and all the other “aries”. Plus, his dad is super connected, so don’t be surprised if you see us on TV, meeting rockstars and kissing babies."

                                                              Then to describe the other partners girlfriend:
                                                              "we’re taking it one day at a time with Jay’s cake-brained girlfriend who’s gone Yoko Ono on our asses. She’s eating up all of Jay’s time, plus she’s trying to turn us into a bakeshop instead of the sandwich empire we are. I think I speak for Luke, too, when I say she’s just not Game Changer material. The silver lining? The sitch inspired a great name for a new smoked sammy: The Bitch-wich. We’re gonna pay for that one…"

                                                              They don't even have their own domain name, their twitter account is a farce.. sounds like 3 rich kid graduates from Western who think they know it all and daddy is bank rolling them so why should they care...

                                                              But at least daddy bought them a nice smoker: http://3gamechangers.files.wordpress....

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                                                                LexiFirefly Jan 14, 2014 02:54 PM

                                                                That's ridiculous. The whole thing. I hope the foods good, but man they sound terrible.

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                                                                  justsayn Jan 21, 2014 11:52 AM

                                                                  I think the chances just got more slim that they will open a bbq place where the sandwich place was supposed to go and the burger place before that.

                                                                  Someone posted a message that their friend is opening a bbq spot on Queen W near 7-11, and that there was a possible connection to Adjey. (post went missing) We all assumed this could be the same people. Seems clear it isn't.

                                                                  It turns out a new BBQ place is opening right beside 7-11 to replace Gino's Pizza which is a block down from "Smoke and Mirrors". I suppose this is the Adjey place?

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                                                                    LexiFirefly Jan 21, 2014 11:59 AM

                                                                    Probably. Who knows? That was very obviously a shill, and I'm pretty sure if it was the smoke and mirrors guys they would have said so. They definitely aren't shy!!!

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                                                                      pourboi Jan 21, 2014 12:09 PM

                                                                      Their Twitter and blog also got really quiet... after tweeting over 100 times in one week they now have not tweeted once in almost a week...

                                                                      They must be trying to think up the next great idea!

                                                                      Any idea on the name of the "Adjey" place? Is there a sign or anything posted?

                                                                      From what I remember of the post that was deleted it did not say Adjey was a part of it just that they were friends with Adjey and also people from the Pitmasters TV show.

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                                                                        justsayn Jan 21, 2014 12:25 PM

                                                                        There is a sign in the window with a name but I was a passenger in a speeding car! You are right about the details on the deleted post - I had forgotten the exact wording.

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                                                                        baby23 Feb 8, 2014 08:51 PM

                                                                        I went to get food at the
                                                                        Greek and I noticed the sign is up at SmoQue n bones

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                                                                      frogsteak Jan 14, 2014 06:22 PM

                                                                      it's gotta be fake. this guy has got to be bat shit nutso

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                                                                        num nums Jan 14, 2014 07:15 PM

                                                                        It is crazy. I wouldn't believe it either. But I work right by this location and have seen the coming soon sign change from Delhi Burgers to Sammy's Sandwiches and then finally Smoke and Mirrors/Don't Mess with Texas.

                                                                        Nothing wrong with changing concepts. But why lease a location for so long when it hasn't been figured out yet? Can't imagine what rent is like on Queen West.

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                                                                          pourboi Jan 14, 2014 07:31 PM

                                                                          His twitter is worse than his blog... he has been tweeting everybody and anybody ... making bad jokes some even with sexist/racist connotations

                                                                          He tweeted Zane Caplanski (who is in Japan right now) told him: "bring some beautiful women back if u can. we'll love u long time."

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                                                                            LexiFirefly Jan 15, 2014 06:31 AM

                                                                            The Twitter is like a car accident. Ugh.

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                                                                        Food Tourist Jan 14, 2014 03:13 PM

                                                                        Are you sure you're not thinking of Wahlburgers? When does that open, anyway?

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                                                                          bluefirefly Jan 14, 2014 06:31 PM

                                                                          Not Wahlburgers as they are slated to open in the SoHo. Wahlburgers is reported to be open early 2014 / spring 2014. Of course, we know how often openings get delayed so should we say, the earliest will be this spring?

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                                                                            pakmode Jan 15, 2014 08:34 AM

                                                                            This reminds me a bit of of that Gangster Burger place.

                                                                            These are definitely high as kite, rich Western frat boys who have watched way too many episodes of Epic Meal Time while in a drunken stupor, who think that opening a restaurant is easy.

                                                                            They're probably for real, but this restaurant and it's money will die and go to money heaven soon enough.
                                                                            This place is DOA.

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                                                                              bluefirefly Apr 15, 2014 05:33 PM

                                                                              Just an update that Wahlburgers is set to open this summer at 46 blue jays way, as per today's Toronto Star article, but I would not be surprised if it's later.

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                                                                            laidoffhound Jan 21, 2014 01:14 PM

                                                                            http://3gamechangers.wordpress.com/ab...

                                                                            See pic? Definitely not Entourage.

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                                                                            Vinnie Vidimangi Apr 10, 2014 10:53 AM

                                                                            They should have just continued and changed the name to New Deli Burgers.

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                                                                            LexiFirefly Jan 16, 2014 06:41 AM

                                                                            Not to mention the name is brutal. There are 2 bbq teams and like 20 other businesses with the same name. Not very marketing savvy.

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                                                                            afong56 Jan 16, 2014 07:00 AM

                                                                            these guys certainly come off as douche bags, but there are plenty of those in the food industry, and some of them still manage to put out good if not great food.

                                                                            will reserve judgement until (if) they actually open shop and start doing covers. . .

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                                                                              estufarian Jan 22, 2014 08:02 AM

                                                                              Clearly they’re targeting April 1st as their opening date.

                                                                              And what a brilliant viral marketing campaign – I’m sure the recently departed (and expensive) Dyne would have loved all the publicity they’re garnering.
                                                                              If nothing else, this will make an excellent business case for Western’s MBA programme.

                                                                              And if they succeed – look how many people will have to eat their own words – although it’s not clear whether they will be BBQ’d (can’t wait for that authentic Texas Chocolate + Cherry sauce), or in a Sandwich, or New Delhi style. Can’t believe they won’t also offer Tacos.

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                                                                                pourboi Feb 3, 2014 03:26 PM

                                                                                Well they posted an update on their blog... does not sound like they will be opening anytime soon.. and maybe another change is in the wind...here is what they posted:

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                                                                                What up, brosefs,
                                                                                We’ve still got BBQ on the brain, and looks like we’re not the only ones! There’s a new joint opening up just down the street, next to the 7-11. BBQ and Bourbon? Rack and Jack? Some shit like that. Anyway, since everyone seems to want in on the grilling game, we’re gonna have to step it UP. So, we’re planning a trip to any place we can think of that’s famous for its BBQ (and when I say “we”, I mean me & Brock, cause Jay’s too busy being whipped).

                                                                                We’ll start with the obvious BBQ spots, like:
                                                                                •NYC
                                                                                •South Padre Island
                                                                                •Miami
                                                                                •LA
                                                                                •Tijuana

                                                                                But did we miss any? If so, let us know. We’ve got time to kill & money to buuuurn, what what?

                                                                                Peace up, T-town down,
                                                                                Luke

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                                                                                Their daddy must be proud the way they are burning through his money...

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                                                                                  petek Feb 3, 2014 03:30 PM

                                                                                  "We’ll start with the obvious BBQ spots, like:
                                                                                  •NYC
                                                                                  •South Padre Island
                                                                                  •Miami
                                                                                  •LA
                                                                                  •Tijuana"

                                                                                  hahaha! ya..these guys are real BBQ pro's.....What up brosefs?

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                                                                                    Food Tourist Feb 3, 2014 03:50 PM

                                                                                    There are only 2 bbq restaurants in South Padre, Texas! Blackbeards and Tejas. They must be going for the beverages a.k.a. Spring Break.

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                                                                                    ylsf Feb 3, 2014 03:31 PM

                                                                                    haha. I am definitely thinking April 1st for opening date too. This has to be an elaborate joke. I love their places famous for its BBQ list. I am sure these people (or one person) are laughing at us analysing their fake restaurant on this site.

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                                                                                      baby23 Feb 3, 2014 03:31 PM

                                                                                      Are any of those places bbq regions?!! They're known for great entertainment and restaurants.

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                                                                                        Food Tourist Feb 3, 2014 03:54 PM

                                                                                        Hold the phone -- did he say "grilling game"?! RIP Phil's Original BBQ.

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                                                                                          estufarian Feb 3, 2014 05:13 PM

                                                                                          That's the most hilarious thing I've read this year!

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                                                                                            petek Feb 3, 2014 05:18 PM

                                                                                            I agree with ylsf..this has got to be some kind of hoax.

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                                                                                              justsayn Feb 3, 2014 06:25 PM

                                                                                              The truthful part we know is that they have the space leased. They've put up signs for both Delhi Burgers and Sammies.

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                                                                                                petek Feb 3, 2014 07:03 PM

                                                                                                Should be interesting!

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                                                                                                  Food Tourist Feb 3, 2014 07:05 PM

                                                                                                  Neil Flambé, where are you? We need your help!
                                                                                                  (http://neilflambe.com)

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                                                                                                    justsayn Feb 3, 2014 08:11 PM

                                                                                                    HA!

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                                                                                                      num nums Feb 4, 2014 06:11 PM

                                                                                                      Or I wonder if these guys are consulting with:
                                                                                                      https://twitter.com/ChefGrantSoto

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                                                                                                    JennaBean Feb 5, 2014 08:32 AM

                                                                                                    I wish I was the one behind the joke. I would ratchet it up just a wee bit more for full impact. Geeze.

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                                                                                                      justsayn Feb 8, 2014 01:11 PM

                                                                                                      You asked to ratchet up the joke a wee bit more??? lol....how's this? Smoke and Mirrors now has a coming soon sign in the window along with "Become a Franchisee" !!!

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                                                                                                        JennaBean Feb 11, 2014 10:43 AM

                                                                                                        STFU!!!!! That's amazing. Truly truly amazing.

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                                                                                                          LexiFirefly Feb 13, 2014 07:20 AM

                                                                                                          Looks like daddy's trying to get some money back.

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                                                                                                            justsayn Feb 13, 2014 07:25 AM

                                                                                                            He didn't get rich being stupid! : P

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                                                                                                              barnes1852 Mar 2, 2014 05:46 PM

                                                                                                              any word on whether this place is opening? i live right around the corner and nothing seems to have happened in a long time. i wonder if they've run out of cash. smoke and mirrors. sounds like rob ford's election headquarters.

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                                                                                                                LexiFirefly Mar 3, 2014 03:42 AM

                                                                                                                There's been zero action on their Twitter or blog since the end of January. Who knows. *eye roll*

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                                                                                                                  foodyDudey Mar 3, 2014 06:58 AM

                                                                                                                  You missed this?

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                                                                                                                  http://3gamechangers.wordpress.com/2014/02/15/o-bbq-where-art-thou/

                                                                                                                  O BBQ, WHERE ART THOU?

                                                                                                                  February 15, 2014
                                                                                                                  Greetings from Tijuana, bromigos!

                                                                                                                  Ok, so we messed up just un poquito. There’s no shortage of meat here, but they don’t seem to be big believers in BBQ. Still, we’ve had some pretty sweet eats. Fresh salsa, fish tacos, Pismo clams, marlin ceviche, grilled octopus, yadda yadda yadda. Jay & his cupcake-making girlfriend are missing out. But guess what we don’t miss? Them!!!

                                                                                                                  Wish us luck! It’s off to Miami in the manana.

                                                                                                                  -B&L

                                                                                                                  http://3gamechangers.wordpress.com/20...

                                                                                                                  MMMMMIAMI

                                                                                                                  February 28, 2014
                                                                                                                  In the words of Will Smith, “Welcome to Miami!”

                                                                                                                  Our love for BBQ is unwavering. We just haven’t tasted any since we left TO! The closest we got were some beef short rib hot dogs from one of Miami’s famous food trucks, gastroPod. Stellar, yes. BBQ’d, not so much. Instead, we’ve been filling up on crab claws, cuban hamburgers, and an all-you-can-meet buffet of beautiful ladies. Take it from us, bros. Miami’s a gold mine!!! Jealous, Jay?

                                                                                                                  Anyway, back to biz. We’re still hoping our next stop, LA, will bless us with real, smoky, deep-south-style BBQ. Either way, we’re having a finger-licking-good time!!!!

                                                                                                                  Be home soon. Don’t do anything we’d do!

                                                                                                                  -B&L

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                                                                                                                  Still more smoke and mirrors. They say they didn't find any BBQ, and why travel from Mexico to Miami and then to LA unless you are a drug smuggler?

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                                                                                                                    petek Mar 3, 2014 07:23 AM

                                                                                                                    This is hilarious! Do these bros actually know where real BBQ comes from?

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                                                                                                                      pourboi Mar 3, 2014 07:24 AM

                                                                                                                      Strange that was not there earlier this morning... I checked after Lexi's post... Not sure if they are watching Chow and posted in response.. but anyway they are idiots and I have no expectation that they will ever open. They say they are looking for "Deep South BBQ" yet they are going to places that are not known for BBQ.. and even still I bet 10 min on Google and I could find the top 5 BBQ places in Miami.

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                                                                                                                        foodyDudey Mar 3, 2014 07:39 AM

                                                                                                                        I am convinced that it's just a game they are playing with people on CH. Nowbody goes to the places they visited for BBQ. (well, nobody I know). April 1st is less than a month away now, so lets see what they say then. Don't forget their motto and the places they "visited" so far. 3 HUNGRY DUDES WITH DOPE IDEAS

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                                                                                                                          pourboi Mar 3, 2014 07:47 AM

                                                                                                                          Good joke, rent a storefront on a major street for 6 months (at thousands of $'s per month) just to say April Fools to a bunch of people that you do not know on an anonymous website...

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                                                                                                                            foodyDudey Mar 3, 2014 07:51 AM

                                                                                                                            I am thinking that it could be owned by one of them or their family, and until they manage to rent it out, they are doing that. You think they are just really stupid?

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                                                                                                                              pourboi Mar 3, 2014 08:04 AM

                                                                                                                              Well it would be stupid to try to rent a place by not having a "For rent" sign in the window and instead having an "Opening Soon" sign right? And is is not listed online as being for rent in any of the usual places.

                                                                                                                              I honestly thing they are just really stupid and their family has a ton of money. Only other thing i could think of is that they filming some sort of comedy reality show BUT then people would have noticed cameras and film crews in the space...

                                                                                                                              Anyone have any word on the other BBQ place that is opeing just down the street from them?

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                                                                                                                                TheGroon Mar 3, 2014 08:21 AM

                                                                                                                                assumptions make an ass out of u and me

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                                                                                                                                  pourboi Mar 3, 2014 08:37 AM

                                                                                                                                  These are not assumptions but speculations based on all of the reported information that is available carefully considered and analysed then vetted through the Boson Schadenfreude algorthm (ie BS Filter) in order to reach a logical conclusion.

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                                                                                                                                  petek Mar 3, 2014 09:47 AM

                                                                                                                                  <Only other thing i could think of is that they filming some sort of comedy reality show>

                                                                                                                                  They should call it "Bromigos!!"...

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                                                                                                                                  barnes1852 Mar 3, 2014 08:12 AM

                                                                                                                                  i just found out that that whole strip (at least 50 properties) along queen street is owned by one guy (supposedly from hong kong), and he is really selective about who he leases his buildings too because he's trying to create a specific ambience to boost the value of his overall investment. he's worth well over 100 million dollars and i don't think he'd fool around. i really wonder what is going on.

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                                                                                                                                    pourboi Mar 3, 2014 08:32 AM

                                                                                                                                    Well they are not chinese - based on their profile picture on the site so probably not relatives.. but daddy is rich and in the food business (connections to loblaws according to their blog) so if he is backing the boys and a well respected business man that may be good enough for the landlord.

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                                                                                                                                      disgusti Mar 3, 2014 03:29 PM

                                                                                                                                      can anyone back this up? i... don't really believe it

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                                                                                                                                        LexiFirefly Mar 3, 2014 03:35 PM

                                                                                                                                        It does seem strange... I'll look into it, I know a few business owners down there. May take some time though as I'm pretty busy this week.

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                                                                                                                                      JennaBean Mar 3, 2014 12:53 PM

                                                                                                                                      I think they are just really stupid rich kids without a clue.

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                                                                                                                                LexiFirefly Mar 3, 2014 03:33 PM

                                                                                                                                OMG! Thank you so much, I'm working a trade show this week and I totally needed that! :) I now feel like I may make it home without passing out, and don't need to give them any traffic! Muhahahaha!!!

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                                                                                                                                  barnes1852 Mar 6, 2014 03:06 PM

                                                                                                                                  it's alive!!!!! on my way to work today i saw some construction type guys going into the building. maybe our bromigos are gonna be able to repay daddy after all. or maybe they just want to spend more of his money

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                                                                                                            num nums Mar 11, 2014 07:18 PM

                                                                                                            Just passed by the place tonight and guess what? Yet another concept: doughnuts and cupcakes! I walked by quickly so thought maybe I was mistaken. But then I checked out their blog:
                                                                                                            http://3gamechangers.wordpress.com/20...

                                                                                                            This has got to be a publicity stunt. There's no other explanation I can think of. Why is it that every concept is something that is available within the immediate area? I'm guessing by next week they'll change to a modern Greek place.

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                                                                                                              afong56 Mar 11, 2014 07:37 PM

                                                                                                              if it wasn't for the rent on that space, you'd swear this was a fake. . .no way that people are this shallow and clueless. . .

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                                                                                                                disgusti Mar 11, 2014 08:47 PM

                                                                                                                This has to be a really shitty hoax of some description

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                                                                                                                ylsf Mar 12, 2014 04:42 AM

                                                                                                                Haha. Definitely has to be a joke/hoax. Btw, I googled for Southern Pride smoker and the image they used for the smoker was from a 2010 auction :

                                                                                                                http://www.liveauctionworld.com/SOUTH...

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                                                                                                                  pourboi Mar 12, 2014 04:47 AM

                                                                                                                  Great Sleuthing!

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                                                                                                                  LexiFirefly Mar 12, 2014 04:43 AM

                                                                                                                  What the actual f*%@? ETA the Twitter seems to be gone.

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                                                                                                                    barnes1852 Mar 12, 2014 05:26 AM

                                                                                                                    just spotted the new sign on my way to work and nearly fell off my bike. was about to post about it and see that someone's beat me to it. according to the new sign, their twitter is now @cakeholeto

                                                                                                                    i'm still torn between thinking these guys are idiots or jokers.
                                                                                                                    at least they are entertaining. i'll ask my pal who runs a store along that strip for more info. he's the one who told me about the landlord being super rich. did you talk to any of your contacts down there lexifirefly?

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                                                                                                                      LexiFirefly Mar 12, 2014 05:28 AM

                                                                                                                      Haven't had the chance, I'm in Ottawa right now for March break.

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                                                                                                                        barnes1852 Mar 12, 2014 07:33 AM

                                                                                                                        oh wow. their new menu is up. ha. what's that quote about there being a fine line between genius and insanity?

                                                                                                                        http://3gamechangers.wordpress.com/20...

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                                                                                                                          ylsf Mar 12, 2014 09:00 AM

                                                                                                                          HAHA. That made me LOL.

                                                                                                                          I am not debating anymore if it is a joke or not after reading that menu.

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                                                                                                                            afong56 Mar 12, 2014 01:25 PM

                                                                                                                            that menu swings between amateurish, to revolting, to inane stupidity. . .the comment below the menu that totally called them on a liquor licence was pretty legit tho. . .lol

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                                                                                                                          pourboi Mar 12, 2014 07:34 AM

                                                                                                                          So according to their cornholio twitter account ( https://twitter.com/CakeholeTO )...

                                                                                                                          "sadly, no longer bbq cuz too much competition near by (smoque&bonez)...but better: donuts! Contractors tell us next wk or 2!"

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                                                                                                                            LexiFirefly Mar 12, 2014 09:33 AM

                                                                                                                            I can't even deal with this. As a hospitality professional these people are actually making my blood boil. If they are trolls I will burn down their bridge. I swear to god!

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                                                                                                                              radiopolitic Mar 12, 2014 01:37 PM

                                                                                                                              Why are you so upset?

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                                                                                                                                foodyDudey Mar 12, 2014 01:41 PM

                                                                                                                                if you were a firefly and someone was pulling your legs, wouldn't you be upset?

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                                                                                                                                  Helen Mar 13, 2014 05:40 AM

                                                                                                                                  :):)

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                                                                                                                      pourboi Mar 12, 2014 05:13 PM

                                                                                                                      Ok so they just posted on their blog that they are out of money and have started a Kickstarter campaign to raise money to convert their southern pride smoker into a big cupcake oven!!! Maybe this was the scam all along act like freaks build a buzz then beg for money!

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                                                                                                                        ylsf Mar 12, 2014 05:40 PM

                                                                                                                        Better than any sitcom. Here is the link to their Kickstarter with a pic of their window (never saw it myself):

                                                                                                                        https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/...

                                                                                                                        Looks like they used that red tape that is used for taping Tyvek type material. It sticks to everything but hard as heck to remove from windows/etc.

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                                                                                                                          petek Mar 12, 2014 05:46 PM

                                                                                                                          <Better than any sitcom>

                                                                                                                          This is the best! I'm hooked..

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                                                                                                                            pourboi Mar 12, 2014 05:47 PM

                                                                                                                            Did you see the picture of their cupcakes? Looks like turds I now am convinced its a scam of some unknown kind.... No way that is serious...

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                                                                                                                              kwass Mar 12, 2014 05:54 PM

                                                                                                                              Those cupcakes or muffins or whatever they were, did look pretty unappealing!

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                                                                                                                                Full tummy Mar 12, 2014 07:10 PM

                                                                                                                                And the Hawaiian promises candied Spam! Those cupcakes looked sad, the kind that nobody buys at the school bake sale.

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                                                                                                                                  barnes1852 Mar 12, 2014 07:35 PM

                                                                                                                                  holy s***!!!! did you guys see the rewards for donors? the video? and the bit about the Soviet uncle?

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                                                                                                                                    pourboi Mar 12, 2014 07:37 PM

                                                                                                                                    I like how they have no donations yet most kickstarters get family and friends to kick it of with some token donations...But I doubt they have any friends..

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                                                                                                                              pourboi Mar 19, 2014 05:04 AM

                                                                                                                              Just checked up on their Kickstarter campaign! The boys are doing amazingly well! To date they have raised...

                                                                                                                              $60 pledged of their $18,555 goal with 24 days to go!!!

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                                                                                                                                barnes1852 Mar 20, 2014 03:22 PM

                                                                                                                                ha. i think that your mention has driven them towards their goal pourboi. they are up to $78 and 4 backers. maybe enough to get the uncle a taxi to the airport.

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                                                                                                                                  kwass Mar 20, 2014 04:14 PM

                                                                                                                                  Wait it gets worse...I saw on Twitter last week that they solicited Ashley from GHD, to contribute to their venture. Why on earth would she want to contribute to something that she would possibly have to compete with?

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                                                                                                                                    petek Mar 20, 2014 05:38 PM

                                                                                                                                    <Why on earth would she want to contribute to something that she would possibly have to compete with"

                                                                                                                                    From the looks of it, she probably didn't "contribute" more than a sawbuck... I doubt she's worried about any competition from these jokers.

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                                                                                                                                      kwass Mar 20, 2014 05:44 PM

                                                                                                                                      Wishing them luck was the extent of her contribution...lol

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                                                                                                                                        petek Mar 20, 2014 05:49 PM

                                                                                                                                        If I'm not mistaken, GHD got some help from Kickstarter so maybe she's paying it forward.

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                                                                                                                                          kwass Mar 20, 2014 06:03 PM

                                                                                                                                          You're right. She did get help from Kickstarter, but I don't think she paid it forward to these guys. I'm sure she pays it forward in other ways.

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                                                                                                                                      happycamper Mar 20, 2014 08:28 PM

                                                                                                                                      For those who don't know (I didnt),
                                                                                                                                      GHD = Glory Hole Donut
                                                                                                                                      Ashley = Ashley Jabot De Boinod

                                                                                                                                      So no, I am not a donut fanatic.

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                                                                                                                                        kwass Mar 20, 2014 08:33 PM

                                                                                                                                        Oops! Sorry happycamper!

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                                                                                                                                          happycamper Mar 20, 2014 08:49 PM

                                                                                                                                          no, thank you kwass. I am totally trolling their updates.
                                                                                                                                          Hate to admit it, but whatever they are spinning, I will definitely pay a visit (when it happen).

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                                                                                                                                            kwass Mar 20, 2014 08:54 PM

                                                                                                                                            I think curiosity might get the better of us all ;)

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                                                                                                                                hal2010 Mar 12, 2014 07:39 PM

                                                                                                                                I think they just might be trolling this thread

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                                                                                                                                  barnes1852 Mar 12, 2014 08:09 PM

                                                                                                                                  are we that important?

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                                                                                                                                    szw Mar 20, 2014 08:34 PM

                                                                                                                                    They have to be trolling this thread. Nobody else gives a shit about what sign is on a closed store.

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                                                                                                                                  afong56 Mar 12, 2014 08:12 PM

                                                                                                                                  face it, we're all just rubbernecking at this point, waiting for the trainwreck.

                                                                                                                                  god help anyone who innocently throws kickstarter $ at this hot mess. . .doesn't anyone feel that it's a civic duty to warn people?

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                                                                                                                                    pourboi Mar 13, 2014 05:17 AM

                                                                                                                                    nope, if someone wants to waste their money on cupcakes that look like that and to fly a mysterious uncle out of Russia to convert a southern pride smoker into a cupcake oven they deserve to lose their money..

                                                                                                                                    One guy just threw in (out) $50...

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                                                                                                                                  barnes1852 Mar 13, 2014 11:30 AM

                                                                                                                                  so i just went to show a colleague that ridiculous kickstarter video and i see they have now posted have a drinks menu. i nearly spit my coffee into my keyboard. it's up on their blog as well.

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                                                                                                                                    petek Mar 13, 2014 11:32 AM

                                                                                                                                    The drink menu is just a rip off of a Tim Horton's donut menu....

                                                                                                                                    Hilarious!

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                                                                                                                                      foodyDudey Mar 13, 2014 11:59 AM

                                                                                                                                      who cares? It's a waste of time to even read their posts

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                                                                                                                                        petek Mar 13, 2014 01:26 PM

                                                                                                                                        <who cares? It's a waste of time to even read their posts>

                                                                                                                                        No more of a waste of time than you taking the time to post to tell everyone what a waste of time it is to read their posts...

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                                                                                                                                        JennaBean Mar 13, 2014 01:07 PM

                                                                                                                                        From the blog "...Listen though, we have one small problem…our trust fund princesses have gone south with the rest of the money. So while all the renovations are all paid for, we’re just missing one thing: a great big cupcake oven. Seems like a pretty big deal right? ... Lai xx"

                                                                                                                                        Priceless. Totally a waste of time but highly entertaining.

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                                                                                                                                          pourboi Mar 13, 2014 01:31 PM

                                                                                                                                          so instead of returning the southern pride smoker and buying a bread oven that is made for baking (steam injection etc)they want to spend another $15,000 (price of a new bread oven) to rip apart the smoker and frankenstien in parts to make it a cupcake oven... if it does not work they no longer have a smoker or a worthwhile oven.. idiots.

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                                                                                                                                            JennaBean Mar 13, 2014 01:41 PM

                                                                                                                                            I know! It is all really amazing in the worst possible way.

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                                                                                                                                              Michael N Mar 13, 2014 04:24 PM

                                                                                                                                              It sounds like there's been a rift between the part of the group that stayed here, and the part that went on the so-called BBQ trip. I suspect that this whole bakery thing and the conversion of the smoker is a big eff you to the guys on the trip, otherwise why ruin a very expensive smoker? I would not be surprised at all if the concept changes yet again when the "bromigos" return from their vacation.

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                                                                                                                                                disgusti Mar 13, 2014 05:05 PM

                                                                                                                                                i'm 100% convinced it's a joke (a really bad one) but i'm not sure exactly what the punchline could be yet

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                                                                                                                                                  hal2010 Mar 13, 2014 05:52 PM

                                                                                                                                                  As AAA bar noted on Twitter, the photo they posted of their new giant smoker was actually taken from an ad posted 4 years ago on an internet auction site. It's a wind-up.

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                                                                                                                                                    pourboi Mar 13, 2014 08:25 PM

                                                                                                                                                    Actually ylsf posted that info here (above) before the tweet was tweeted..

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                                                                                                                                                  pourboi Mar 13, 2014 05:21 PM

                                                                                                                                                  The tone and language of the posters on their blog are identical from post to post yet they are supposedly being done by different people. I think it is one person spinning stories to generate hype..

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                                                                                                                                                    barnes1852 Mar 13, 2014 05:58 PM

                                                                                                                                                    could be. though to be fair, my little cousin is studying at western and whenever something he posts on facebook pops up on my feed, all his friends sound like these guys. i think they sound ridiculous and then i realize that i'm getting old.

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                                                                                                                                            pourboi Mar 25, 2014 01:27 PM

                                                                                                                                            And it continues!!! Changed their concept again! Now called: God Bless ‘merica

                                                                                                                                            Toronto Life did an in depth expose... well tried.. http://www.torontolife.com/daily-dish...

                                                                                                                                            Most interesting line: "the real-estate agent who told us the building suffered structural damage a few years ago, making the space uninhabitable."

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                                                                                                                                              bytepusher Mar 25, 2014 02:05 PM

                                                                                                                                              I will just say this

                                                                                                                                              The "Chef Grant Soto" television program is currently filming, who knows if there is a connection but it wouldn't surprise me...

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                                                                                                                                                LexiFirefly Mar 25, 2014 02:11 PM

                                                                                                                                                I was thinking that last month, but I couldn't remember his name. The only question I would have is why the month long Twitter and blog gaps? I dunno.

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                                                                                                                                                  hal2010 Mar 25, 2014 04:01 PM

                                                                                                                                                  Could very well be a chef or two having fun!

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                                                                                                                                                    pourboi Mar 25, 2014 07:29 PM

                                                                                                                                                    No one has seen film crews yet people have seen construction workers in the space...

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                                                                                                                                                      barnes1852 Mar 26, 2014 11:51 AM

                                                                                                                                                      here's the story behind the story written by the guy from toronto life. seems like he went through a lot of trouble/did a lot of research and didn't get very far.

                                                                                                                                                      http://jonsufrin.wordpress.com/2014/0...

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                                                                                                                                                        petek Mar 26, 2014 12:05 PM

                                                                                                                                                        "Let the haters drink the haterade!! "
                                                                                                                                                        These brosefs are the best!

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                                                                                                                                                          petek Mar 27, 2014 11:36 AM

                                                                                                                                                          Ya..this has got to be a troll.

                                                                                                                                                          http://3gamechangers.wordpress.com/

                                                                                                                                                          check out the late night menu. copyright infringement much?

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                                                                                                                                                            barnes1852 Mar 27, 2014 11:53 AM

                                                                                                                                                            hey. those are the lyrics to the mcdonald's song from when i was a kid. i used to know all the words. these guys are funny.

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                                                                                                                                                              barnes1852 Mar 27, 2014 11:56 AM

                                                                                                                                                              maybe it is for april fool's?

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                                                                                                                                                                ylsf Mar 27, 2014 12:38 PM

                                                                                                                                                                Ha, I had to look it up. Youtube to the rescue.

                                                                                                                                                                https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XvhDw...

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                                                                                                                                                                Food Tourist Mar 27, 2014 07:03 PM

                                                                                                                                                                I'm laughing so hard right now! 4 waters pani puri! pocky stick! fried chicken stuffed crust! Great Depression food worthy of M.K. Fisher! OMG! I can't wait to see what s/he/they have in store for us next. Performance art meets foodie ridiculousness. Go team game changer! I nominate this for a Nuit Blanche interactive exhibit. Serve us the food!

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                                                                                                                                                                  abigllama Mar 28, 2014 01:42 PM

                                                                                                                                                                  The food descriptions for the 'murica menu are hysterical. The Milwaukee pizza has "Cheese and more cheese. Fried chicken stuffed crust".

                                                                                                                                                                  It's an excellent troll but they're pushing it into the red zone a bit.

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                                                                                                                                                              pourboi Mar 26, 2014 12:49 PM

                                                                                                                                                              Interesting! especially that Toronto life killed the original story...

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                                                                                                                                                                Michael N Mar 26, 2014 01:09 PM

                                                                                                                                                                Yeah, that was actually a really compelling read. I can't imagine why Toronto Life would kill it, unless... they're in on it (cue dramatic music).

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                                                                                                                                                                JennaBean Mar 27, 2014 12:30 PM

                                                                                                                                                                I love the Bobbsey Twins ref in the article.

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                                                                                                                                                          pourboi Apr 1, 2014 08:22 AM

                                                                                                                                                          Well its April first and no punchline yet!

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                                                                                                                                                            Food Tourist Apr 1, 2014 08:55 AM

                                                                                                                                                            I doubt "it" was scheduled for April 1st. Seems like a work in progress (a.k.a. enjoy the journey).

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                                                                                                                                                            num nums Apr 2, 2014 07:30 PM

                                                                                                                                                            They've changed the sign again. The new one is something like "Keep on Truckin". It's a food truck theme this time. Hardy har har.

                                                                                                                                                            Something is definitely up. The frequency of the changing has been picking up. And the concepts are now more obviously a shot at various food trends.

                                                                                                                                                            The end game/punchline better be good given how long this has been dragging out.

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                                                                                                                                                              barnes1852 Apr 3, 2014 06:16 AM

                                                                                                                                                              hahaha. i saw that on my way to work this morning too. just checked and they have a new menu up on that horribly designed website of theirs: http://3gamechangers.wordpress.com

                                                                                                                                                              and i saw on their sign this morning that they are on twitter too: http://twitter.com/WheelsKeepOn

                                                                                                                                                              agree that this is dragging out a long time, but it still is pretty funny.

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                                                                                                                                                                Snarf Apr 5, 2014 04:33 PM

                                                                                                                                                                Cuy asado, Jerk chicken perogies with sauerkraut, hoisin veal tongue sliders on injera. Injera don't slide, and cuy is guinea pig. Nice to see some effort going into the satire! Hope the impala comes with real corinthian leather.

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                                                                                                                                                                  barnes1852 Apr 5, 2014 05:18 PM

                                                                                                                                                                  Very funny. They have jobs posted on their website now too. They are hiring "sandwich board artisans" who are also bouncers, a driver for the food truck inside the restaurant and waiters who bicycle to your house on bixi bikes,then serve your meal and wash your dishes. The comments section below that last job post made me laugh so hard.

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                                                                                                                                                                    hal2010 Apr 5, 2014 09:11 PM

                                                                                                                                                                    It's very funny. They're satirizing the worst of the food trends in order. They just wait a few weeks and move onto the next big thing. Has to be someone in the industry who is doing this.

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                                                                                                                                                                      Food Tourist Apr 7, 2014 02:49 PM

                                                                                                                                                                      Latest job opening: food porn fluffer. http://3gamechangers.wordpress.com/fo...

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                                                                                                                                                                        LexiFirefly Apr 7, 2014 03:25 PM

                                                                                                                                                                        I really like the OCAD reference. :)

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                                                                                                                                                                  Food Tourist Apr 3, 2014 03:49 PM

                                                                                                                                                                  Life is a journey. Enjoy the journey. Power of Now. :)

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                                                                                                                                                                    Food Tourist Apr 18, 2014 11:33 AM

                                                                                                                                                                    Maybe Aziz Ansari should review The Masters. http://www.pastemagazine.com/articles...

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                                                                                                                                                                  num nums Apr 10, 2014 10:29 AM

                                                                                                                                                                  Sigh. Noticed another sign change. Only posting this for completeness sake.

                                                                                                                                                                  New concept is called "The Masters". Menu will be full of dishes from the world's best chefs.

                                                                                                                                                                  More interesting is that for the first time I saw workers actually going in and out with equipment/tools.

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                                                                                                                                                                    Food Tourist Apr 10, 2014 05:02 PM

                                                                                                                                                                    Speed dating Tuesdays! http://3gamechangers.wordpress.com/ti...

                                                                                                                                                                    Their twitter is updated to Masters but their blog isn't.

                                                                                                                                                                4. estufarian Jan 15, 2014 07:02 PM

                                                                                                                                                                  John & Sons Oyster House announced an addition to their Balmoral location last August. It finally appears to be close as a sign has been placed announcing John & Sons Fish & Chips (both eat-in & take-out).

                                                                                                                                                                  1. hal2010 Jan 16, 2014 06:56 PM

                                                                                                                                                                    At the top of Coxwell near O'Connor the generic Thai place that closed before Christmas is now occupied by Thai To-go. Brown and orange paint and signage that looks semi-professionally designed. It reminds me of Amaya's branding.

                                                                                                                                                                    Right across the street from Little Coxwell, which has new tables and chairs.

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                                                                                                                                                                      Gary Jan 17, 2014 06:05 PM

                                                                                                                                                                      Noticed signs in the window this week for a new location of South St. Burger Co. on the northeast corner of King St East at Princess St. This is right near Betty's bar, across from the former Toronto Sun building.

                                                                                                                                                                      The location was formerly Visitor Parking, a furniture store, and it seems pretty big for a burger restaurant. Could do okay with a lot of new condos in the area, though, as well as George Brown students. Would be nice if it was licensed.

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                                                                                                                                                                        LexiFirefly Jan 21, 2014 12:36 PM

                                                                                                                                                                        I saw people looking over architecture plans in the old licks at pape and danforth. Anyone got an inside scoop?

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                                                                                                                                                                          Deep Puddle Jan 26, 2014 03:15 PM

                                                                                                                                                                          The guys in the shawarma shop a couple of doors north say it will be an A&W, based on a conversation they had with a contractor who came in to get some food.

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                                                                                                                                                                            LexiFirefly Jan 26, 2014 04:12 PM

                                                                                                                                                                            Wow, when did a&w start expanding so much again?

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                                                                                                                                                                              ylsf Jan 30, 2014 10:44 AM

                                                                                                                                                                              Yeah, there definitely seems to be more of them lately and more and more ads for them. I have gone a few times to take advantage of the coupons (they have them online and you can access via your smartphone at www.awcoupon.ca ) a few times too many these last few weeks. Their $3 classic breakfast is pretty decent for $3 (with the coupon).

                                                                                                                                                                              I think the A & W will probably do well in that area. I had not been a fan of Licks for a long time so not really sad to see it go except for the franchisees that got screwed over.

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                                                                                                                                                                              foodyDudey Jan 30, 2014 10:22 AM

                                                                                                                                                                              Yes it is going to be an A&W, the signs were going up today.

                                                                                                                                                                               
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                                                                                                                                                                            ylsf Jan 21, 2014 01:29 PM

                                                                                                                                                                            Rakia Bar has taken over Hrvati and Bloor/Euclid. According to a comment on BlogTO the Hrvati people are still involved so they are still serving the burger that they were known for.

                                                                                                                                                                            http://www.blogto.com/restaurants/rak...

                                                                                                                                                                            1. Food Tourist Jan 27, 2014 04:20 PM

                                                                                                                                                                              Berbician: snack it! is opening soon on Dundas West near Kipling beside Anatolia. Nothing is set up yet but they already have sausages displayed in the window!

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                                                                                                                                                                                fryerlover Jan 29, 2014 08:20 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                Sounds interesting. Found this about them on Yelp:
                                                                                                                                                                                http://www.yelp.ca/biz/berbician-toronto

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                                                                                                                                                                                peppermint pate Jan 29, 2014 03:35 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                Greenhouse Juice Co., a new shop at 5 Macpherson Avenue. They make fresh organic juices and nut milks. Sweet little location, haven't been in yet to try it.

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                                                                                                                                                                                  kwass Jan 29, 2014 04:43 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                  Dying to try. Ive seen a few write-ups. It looks interesting!!

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                                                                                                                                                                                  ramenramen Jan 29, 2014 07:18 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                  Cumbrae's is opening on Queen West, next to Sud Forno.

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                                                                                                                                                                                    justsayn Jan 29, 2014 07:33 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                    Are they opening retail, or is it a steakhouse they're opening?

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                                                                                                                                                                                      BigBabyYeezuS Jan 29, 2014 07:51 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                      Retail from what I've been told. A steakhouse would be nice, but everyone's already serving Cumbrae's beef steakhouse-style to begin with and I'm sure that the retail margins end up being better than the restaurant margins.

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                                                                                                                                                                                        justsayn Jan 29, 2014 08:33 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                        Very exciting! Yes retail according to this old tweet as well... https://twitter.com/Cumbraes/status/3...

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                                                                                                                                                                                          happycamper Jan 29, 2014 08:56 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                          Very exciting news!!

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                                                                                                                                                                                            kwass Jan 29, 2014 10:36 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                            The sign's been up for a while though. Any idea when?

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                                                                                                                                                                                          justxpete Feb 3, 2014 09:32 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                          It's definitely a retail store. I was told they'll open some time in the spring.

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                                                                                                                                                                                            justsayn Feb 3, 2014 01:57 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                            As if not exciting enough.....more great openings will follow no doubt.

                                                                                                                                                                                      2. Food Tourist Jan 30, 2014 12:42 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                        There's a new cevaps place that looks open already on Evans Avenue (east of East Mall on the south side). Bebo … Grill. I will update when I have a menu in hand.

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                                                                                                                                                                                          num nums Jan 30, 2014 06:10 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                          That's pretty close to Royal Meat BBQ. My only experience with cevaps is there. Look forward to checking this new place out. Still need to try out Rakia Bar now in Koreatown.

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                                                                                                                                                                                            Food Tourist Apr 10, 2014 05:02 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                            They are still "opening soon" on Evans.

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                                                                                                                                                                                            ylsf Jan 30, 2014 06:50 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                            Not sure if mentioned in the 2013 thread but Just Sushi opened up recently in Etobicoke. Advertised as the world's first 100% ocean wise sushi restaurant.

                                                                                                                                                                                            http://www.thestar.com/life/food_wine...

                                                                                                                                                                                            1. kwass Jan 31, 2014 01:41 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                              According to Toronto Life Bite Bar is opening on College St.

                                                                                                                                                                                              Here is what they say:

                                                                                                                                                                                              "Bite Bar will be opening a new location next week (Feb. 6) at 235 College Street. The new shop will be smaller than the flagship store on Elm Street and will have a walk-up window for dessert lovers on-the-go."

                                                                                                                                                                                              And here is a link to the website:

                                                                                                                                                                                              http://www.bitebar.ca/

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                                                                                                                                                                                                bluefirefly Feb 2, 2014 12:25 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                Probably still a little early to announce, but Susur is opening up a restaurant in the SoHo Metropolitan (Peter and Wellington) called Luckee...restaurant aims to open in March but we know how opening dates tend to shift around.

                                                                                                                                                                                                1. kwass Feb 3, 2014 05:27 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Does anyone know anything about a new restaurant by Banh Mi Boys called Lucky Red? It was mentioned in NOW Magazine. Apparently, it's opening @ Dundas and Spadina:

                                                                                                                                                                                                  http://www.nowtoronto.com/food/story....

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                                                                                                                                                                                                    ylsf Feb 4, 2014 06:52 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Interesting how they just mentioned it in passing like it is a known fact! Wonder why they haven't written more about it. Maybe you should tweet to Dave at BMB and ask for details :)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                      kwass Feb 4, 2014 08:37 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                      He's not great @ replying to tweets, but I'll send him one anyway and see what happens :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                      UPDATE: I just tweeted him. Let's see what he says...or if he says anything @ all ;)

                                                                                                                                                                                                      UDATE #2: He replied and said that it's true. I asked him for some details, and am waiting to hear back.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                        Michael N Feb 4, 2014 08:55 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                        There's a bit more info about it on another Now story:

                                                                                                                                                                                                        "Down the road, but first we're launching an entirely new concept," says head Boy David Chau.

                                                                                                                                                                                                        To be called Lucky Red, the imminent resto promises a mix of the signature dishes with a more Cantonese card to reflect its funky Spadina and Dundas digs.

                                                                                                                                                                                                        "It's going to be mostly bao, but bao like we've never done them before. We're aiming for a late February opening, but it'll likely be closer to mid-March."

                                                                                                                                                                                                        http://www.nowtoronto.com/guides/eatc...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                          kwass Feb 4, 2014 09:00 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                          That sounds really interesting!! Thanks Michael!!

                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. justsayn Feb 3, 2014 07:59 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Shibui Robata Bar

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Now open - https://www.facebook.com/ShibuiRobata

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                                                                                                                                                                                                        bytepusher Feb 4, 2014 10:25 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                        I can't tell from the facebook page if it's just a Robotayaki, or kind of half sushi bar, half robotayaki

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                                                                                                                                                                                                          justsayn Feb 4, 2014 11:21 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                          I know. I am confused too. And I also wonder if there is a connection with Copacabana.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                          Snarf Feb 4, 2014 05:41 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Could it possibly be Styx-themed?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                            justsayn Feb 4, 2014 06:59 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                            I'm thinking it's a cover band...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                            Food Tourist Feb 4, 2014 07:46 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Who's gonna take one for the team and check if they have binchotan?

                                                                                                                                                                                                          3. kwass Feb 5, 2014 11:39 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                            It's not exactly an "opening", but apparently Anthony Rose of Rose and Sons is expanding. He just bought The Indian Rice Factory.

                                                                                                                                                                                                            http://toronto.eater.com/archives/201...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                              kwass Feb 5, 2014 01:36 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Update on Anthony Rose's new restaurant. It's going to be called Fat Pasha and will be a middle eastern restaurant.

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                              pourboi Feb 8, 2014 01:29 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                              From Post City: A new Eggspectation will open in about three weeks time and is located at 483 Bay St. While staying true to its ethos of serving all things eggy, this reboot will not only serve breakfast and brunch, but also dinner. It will also have a new design including a 100-seat patio.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                pourboi Feb 8, 2014 01:29 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                From Toronto Life: Toronto will soon be home to the largest year-round ice lounge in the world. Gresham Bayley is planning to open Chill Ice House in March at King and Bathurst.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Everything, except floor and ceiling, will be made out of ice including tables, chairs, the bar, glassware, and even curtains. Parkas will be provided so you can stay cozy in the lounge where the temperature will be between -5 and -10 degrees Celsius.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                The menu will include Canadian-style tapas featuring oysters and beef tartare and comfort foods like poutine.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                Might be good in August... but not a place I would like to spend time in February!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Full tummy Feb 8, 2014 02:45 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  And their target audience is...???

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                    pourboi Feb 8, 2014 02:47 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    People who want to re-live the week before Christmas...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Full tummy Feb 8, 2014 02:53 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I would think that would be a pretty small group of people. I can't figure out what the draw is. Seems like an extremely labour-intensive and costly exercise for nobody's benefit. And parkas? That would be a laundering nightmare.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                        pourboi Feb 8, 2014 03:42 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I thought same thing about the Dining in the dark place.. yet it is still open...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                      foodyDudey Feb 8, 2014 05:31 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      People from Siberia who are homesick

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Full tummy Feb 8, 2014 07:22 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Hahaha! Never heard of that particular homesickness...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                        ylsf Feb 9, 2014 08:23 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        They will definitely attract tourists. And, in the summer time I think it will be a novelty. I am sure they will get a lot of "events" too as corporate people/etc want unique venues. There was a winter "ice lounge" for a while at C Lounge in Toronto. I went to the Ice Hotel in Quebec and it was kind of cool (no pun intended) but it definitely isn't a spot I would feel a need to go back to on a regular basis. I am guessing this place wouldn't get a lot of repeat business but there are probably enough people "curious" to check it out at least once which might be enough to make them profitable.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    3. Nevy Feb 8, 2014 03:28 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Right beside Best Portuguese Chicken (BPC) on Queensway, there is a new espresso bar and bakery opening up. The sign was up as I drove my way to Costco.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                        pippineast Feb 9, 2014 07:11 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Fryhaus at Gerrard and Parliament is now open. Interesting location, but had a look at the menu and appears to be real deal as in German style fry truck with currywurst sort of stuff.We will try it soon as have a weakness for that strange curry saice with sausages! Anyone tried yet?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. justsayn Feb 11, 2014 12:59 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Let's Be Frank is opening on King west of Bathurst..

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Truck has been hanging around and the signs are now in the window.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          http://www.yelp.ca/biz/lets-be-frank-toronto

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Has anybody tried it?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          http://www.lets-be-frank.ca Serving Nathan's.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                            disgusti Feb 11, 2014 02:43 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            There is another one of these opening somewhere around college and ossington or something I think. I walked by a storefront with their paper in the window but I can't remember exactly where, I think this neighbourhood tho. Either way; who cares

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Dean Tudor Feb 11, 2014 03:55 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              It must be great to work in the paper lining business.....lots of evidence all over this city....no matter what the business is.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                CarNut Feb 11, 2014 06:30 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I think that this may a second location for Fancy Franks.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  justsayn Feb 15, 2014 03:30 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  $8 for a plain hot dog!!!!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  CarNut Feb 11, 2014 06:30 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Website says that the King West location is just a pop-up. Will be interesting to see how long it sticks around.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  sophie.brunet Feb 12, 2014 08:53 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I know this board is mainly focused on Toronto, but here is an opening in Gatineau, near Ottawa that might interest those of you in that are in the Ottawa region. I also posted it on the Montreal board, since Im never sure where to put info about Ottawa Gatineau places :

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  http://www.lapresse.ca/vins/actualite...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Veronique Rivest the somelière (2nd at the world championship of someliers last years) is opening her own wine bar this april, called Soif, which will be on the rue Montcalm, in the Vieux Hull neighbourhood.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Hope this works out it would be a great addition to the Gatineau food scene.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    MissBingBing Feb 12, 2014 09:43 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Isn't Gatineau in Quebec?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      foodyDudey Feb 12, 2014 09:46 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Yes it is, but it is very close to Ottawa and you don't need a passport yet.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      The Chowhound Team Feb 12, 2014 10:11 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Ottawa is covered on the Ontario board, so it's also fine to post here about restaurants in Hull.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Your link is broken, though, so people can't click for more info. You can still edit it yourself for another hour. If you don't get to it by then, please Flag it for us and leave the correct link in your comment and we can update it for you.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        sophie.brunet Feb 12, 2014 10:47 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Thanks I fixed it :)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          foodyDudey Feb 12, 2014 11:01 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I had tried the link when you first posted it and forgot to mention that it was broken. That is a confusing story, "he said/she said" It reminds me of this recent news story: http://news.nationalpost.com/2014/02/...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I guess that is what happens when you have someone who does not know the other (primary) official language doing the translation.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          "Thirst" wine bar is a unique name. Why not just call it the "wino bar" or as the say in Francais, "Bar Wino" ?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      ylsf Feb 13, 2014 07:30 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      BlogTo has posted that

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Rose City Kitchen should be opening up in the next few days (or even tomorrow). I think it was already mentioned in this thread. Middle Eastern Snack bar just a few doors down from BMB at Queen/Spadina area. I saw some pics/talk about it on twitter/instagram. Looks good

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Scaddabush, owned by Sircorp is set to open next week in between Duke's Refresher and Reds Midtown in the Aura building off Gerrard/Yonge.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      http://www.blogto.com/eat_drink/2014/...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. justsayn Feb 13, 2014 06:03 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Kinton ramen replacing Murray's. Sign in window.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          kwass Feb 13, 2014 06:09 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Wow! That's awesome news!!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            ramenramen Feb 13, 2014 06:12 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            OMG!!! I live around the corner and this is amazing news!!!!!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              kwass Feb 14, 2014 03:55 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Toronto Life just announced it. It's set to open in 6-8 months. Yay!!

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                justsayn Feb 15, 2014 12:59 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Says Kenzo Ramen not Kinton in the window. Huh?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  num nums Feb 15, 2014 06:06 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I came on here to post the same. I walked by last night specifically looking for a Kinton sign. So was surprised to see a sign for Kenzo.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  And then when I came here I saw the link to the Toronto Life article and they seem to have confirmed with Kinton a "3rd location on Queen".

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Not sure what's going on.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    justsayn Feb 15, 2014 09:24 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Doesn't get much more clear than this! http://www.kenzoramen.ca/index.php

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Did Toronto Life just run with my mistaken (wishful thinking) post? Did they really confirm this mistake with "Natsuki"

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Weird!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      ramenramen Feb 16, 2014 03:38 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      And yet Kinton Ramen has retweeted a number of people showing enthusiasm for the new Queen W location, so obviously they are aware of the article.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I wonder if maybe both Kinton and Kenzo are opening locations in the same area?? I hope that's the case.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        justsayn Feb 16, 2014 07:38 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Sounds like it. But Kenzo is 100% at Murray's.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        That may also explain why renos are expected to take so long. Maybe Kinton is not replacing a pre-existing restaurant.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I guess I had a premonition with my posting error.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          bytepusher Feb 16, 2014 09:53 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I'm wondering if were witnessing a fraud in progress, this has happened with apartments where a "landlord" collects first and last month deposits from multiple tenants then disappears.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          pourboi Feb 16, 2014 10:10 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          It could be that Kinton have an automatic Twitter retweet set up so when ever they are mentioned on twitter it is retweeted.. If nobody actually is paying attention to what people are saying this could go on for a while..

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            szw Feb 16, 2014 01:34 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Kinton probably is just retweeting anyone without really thinking about it.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              kwass Feb 16, 2014 01:45 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              That seems kind of irresponsible IMO.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                justsayn Feb 16, 2014 02:08 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                And it still doesn't explain the Toronto Life quote.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Nothing mentioned on their FB.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Through conjecture I believe that we have a case of broken telephone.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1) I saw the Kenzo sign at Murray's but wrote Kinton here on CH.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2) TL saw my posting and contacted Kinton to confirm so they could jump on the story.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                3) Kinton confirmed a Queen St expansion (maybe east, maybe west)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                4) TL writer filled in the blanks; rushed to conclusion; language barrier or who knows what but definitely failed at the finer details.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                5) TL wrote the article and perpetuated my typo.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                So now the question is; where is Kinton really opening their third location? I do not believe that the TL writer full out lied.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  num nums Feb 18, 2014 06:10 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  TL finally corrected the story:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  http://www.torontolife.com/daily-dish...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  So, it seems Kinton is only looking for a 3rd location on Queen and their plans were accidentally outed.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  It's odd how TL gives short shrift to Kenzo. They don't mention them at all as the ones actually opening in the former Murray's space.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    justsayn Feb 18, 2014 06:17 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    NO KIDDING! This writer completely ignored the actual story! WOW!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    No apology to screwing up Kenzo, let alone making the announcement. weird.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      bytepusher Feb 18, 2014 06:31 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Intern, let's be charitable and consider it failing forward. If you read her pieces they almost all seem to originate from rumors reported here, although this is a bit of a smoking gun.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Oh and she live tweets The Bachelor...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    num nums Apr 1, 2014 05:49 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Finally spotted where Kinton 3 will be actually opening. Just walked by a papered up storefront that's just a few doors down from Banh Mi Boys on Queen. There's a liquor application sign with "Kinton 3" as the applicant. I live right by Queen and Spadina so this is very happy news. Soon won't need to travel "all the way" to Baldwin for a good ramen fix.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    ylsf Feb 13, 2014 08:25 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    WOrth mentioning in this thread that The Chase is taking over the Scarpetta space in the Thomson Hotel. See the closing thread for comments on their closing.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      bytepusher Feb 13, 2014 08:55 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      It's the same people who run The Chase but it won't be another Chase location, it will be called Colette and it will be French, there will also be a bakery/coffeeshop on the ground floor.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        justsayn Feb 13, 2014 09:09 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        HELLO!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          kwass Feb 13, 2014 09:13 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I know...bakery/coffeeshop...that makes me happy too :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. j3n Feb 20, 2014 02:31 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I noticed the Buca logo in the windows of the Four Seasons' residence building, ground floor on Yorkville.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Anyone know anything more?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        pourboi Feb 20, 2014 03:00 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        This logo has been there for over a year... [ http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/8866... ] ... As far as I know they are putting in a Caféish Buca there but there does not seem to be much work going on.. The last place also seemed to take forever so who knows if it will ever come about or if they just have to many other things going on at the moment.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          paulj Feb 27, 2014 12:32 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          oops - wrong thread

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. kwass Feb 21, 2014 02:29 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Apparently, Mark McEwan is opening up a 2nd Grocery Store downtown.

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          juliewong Feb 23, 2014 02:13 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Susur is opening a new restaurant in the Soho Hotel on Wellington called Luckee. Anyone have any info?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            bluefirefly Feb 25, 2014 04:30 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I posted about it earlier this month above. :)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/929737#8724406 Supposed to open in the spring and be a Chinese restaurant serving dim sum and other Chinese dishes.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            You can keep an eye on the website for more content later. http://www.luckeerestaurant.com/

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            pourboi Feb 25, 2014 10:44 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Jean-Pierre Challet will be opening a 40 seat restaurant in the Windsor Arms Hotel using the same concept and staff as Ici (which will be closed)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Dean Tudor Feb 25, 2014 10:49 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              J-P has gone back to his Toronto roots?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Full tummy Feb 25, 2014 03:41 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                This isn't the Onion. Is this for real?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  pourboi Feb 25, 2014 04:58 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Well sometimes this site stinks like an onion but.... http://www.thegridto.com/blog-post/op...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Full tummy Feb 25, 2014 07:14 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I see he's keeping the Ici space for now for maybe "another spot that's lighter". Interesting!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                pourboi Feb 25, 2014 10:45 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Jean-Pierre Challet will be opening a Bakery in the Market building on Queen West across from the City TV building. J-P’s croissants will be for sale there along with a selection of quiches and fruit tarts and pies

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  kwass Feb 25, 2014 12:01 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Wow!! That's awesome!!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    ramenramen Feb 25, 2014 01:30 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    This is great news. Hoping they can make that place work. It's been sitting empty for far too long.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      GoodGravy Feb 25, 2014 06:57 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      How is that Market building not packed with street food type stalls opened all night for stoners and drunks? It's got like one vendor in it.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        pourboi Feb 25, 2014 07:25 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        High rent...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Interesting read: http://www.blogto.com/eat_drink/2011/...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          disgusti Feb 26, 2014 05:29 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I love how three years later it's still empty. What a waste of a great space

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            hal2010 Feb 26, 2014 06:48 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I worked down there in the mid-90's and that place was packed with food vendors and always very busy at lunch, What a wasted opportunity.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I also remember the smell that used to come out of it when it was a chicken butchers.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. kwass Feb 26, 2014 02:04 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Come and Get it is opening tomorrow.

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      ylsf Feb 26, 2014 02:39 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Fried chicken sandwich!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Definitely recommend people read the link that kwass posted. They are changing things up for version 2.0 as they say.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        justsayn Feb 26, 2014 02:47 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        No kidding. Who wants to camp out tonight?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        : P

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          kwass Feb 26, 2014 03:06 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Meet you there :)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Dean Tudor Feb 26, 2014 05:21 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I'll be the one with bells on..

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              MissBingBing Feb 26, 2014 05:30 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              !

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                CocoaChanel Feb 26, 2014 05:35 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Bowchickawow-wow!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                ;)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Dean Tudor Feb 26, 2014 05:55 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Actually, since they are open for lunch and dinner (and not brekkies), I'll line up at 11AM -- and take my chances with a press pass.....too cold outside!!!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    justsayn Feb 26, 2014 07:10 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    It's freezing out here!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      MissBingBing Feb 27, 2014 09:12 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I'll say!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        justsayn Feb 27, 2014 11:42 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Yes MBB, back to the coldest days again.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Good thing I didn't camp out....the place wasn't so packed even with the pent up demand! : 0

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Nice digs for the brand. They've grown up! Being licenced should really help keep them busy.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Welcome back!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. kwass Feb 27, 2014 10:05 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Susur Lee's Luckee is having a soft opening this weekend for friends and family.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        http://toronto.eater.com/archives/201...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        P.S. I started a thread for Come and Get It. If anyone went today, go to the new thread to let us know how it was :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. happycamper Mar 1, 2014 06:53 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Lipstick and Dynamite
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          992 Queen St West
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Toronto, Ontario M6J1 H1
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Formerly T.A.N coffee

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Bar serving vegetarian/vegan food. walked by last night - looked cozy, familiar wqueenw crowd. I will probably check it out soon.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          From their facebook page:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Everyone's most favourite place to be. Affordable local food and drinks.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          More fun than David Bowie's goblin dance party in "Labyrinth"

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            FrenchSoda Mar 3, 2014 10:07 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            100% PURE SPECULATION, but stuck in today's super-fun traffic jam, I noticed an Anjappar Chettinad-branded van parked in front of a mid-renovation building on the Queensway...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Snarf Mar 3, 2014 01:33 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Definitely to be encouraged. Best Indian I have had in GTA!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                FrenchSoda Mar 3, 2014 02:54 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Let's hope they weren't just making a special delivery to the construction workers!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              magic Mar 3, 2014 06:34 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              A new gourmet hot dog place called Bite Me will be opening soon at 538 Eglinton Ave W. according to the March edition Village Post advertisement they've placed.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              No specific opening date and I can't seem to find a web presence for them at first glance.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                radiopolitic Mar 4, 2014 06:32 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Yet another Middle Eastern inspired restaurant is opening soon -

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                http://viewthevibe.com/byblos-restaur...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Another Khabouth joint.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Byblos at 11 Duncan St in the Story's Building.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Seems to be the trend of the year so far.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  radiopolitic Mar 20, 2014 10:13 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  http://www.blogto.com/restaurants/byb...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Now open.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    kwass Mar 20, 2014 10:21 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I can't tell you how much I'm looking forward to trying this place!!!!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      estufarian Mar 20, 2014 10:22 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      You just did!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        kwass Mar 20, 2014 10:28 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        True :)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        radiopolitic Mar 20, 2014 10:50 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Let us know how it is :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I'll probably get around to trying it at some point but I'm not in any rush after taking a look at the menu.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          kwass Mar 20, 2014 10:53 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Will do!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. petek Mar 5, 2014 10:39 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Carl's Jr. coming to Canada

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      pourboi Mar 5, 2014 10:46 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Carl’s Jr., the U.S.’s raunchiest burger chain, is coming to Toronto - see link above...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        petek Mar 5, 2014 10:48 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Is it raunchy in a good way?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          ylsf Mar 6, 2014 06:12 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Funny, pourboi, you were quoted by BlogTO in their new restaurant roundup

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          http://www.blogto.com/eat_drink/2014/...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            pourboi Mar 6, 2014 06:55 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Not my quote.. I took the title from the Toronto life article that Petek posted and put it in my post because he originally forgot to put a description on his link (which he has now fixed). So I cant take any credit for this..

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              ylsf Mar 6, 2014 05:58 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              That is even funnier that they quoted you then and sourced it as "chowhound" . I didn't click the link myself.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                pourboi Mar 6, 2014 06:12 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                The state of "media" in Toronto...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  disgusti Mar 7, 2014 05:44 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  It's fucking blogto, a crowd sourced quasi-legitimate collection of inanity, not "the media in toronto". Get a grip

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    pourboi Mar 7, 2014 06:39 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    take a chill pill dude... lol.... did you not notice the quotes around media? Its a new thing I invented called sarcasm.. look it up in the dictionary after you lower your blood pressure...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Michael N Mar 5, 2014 04:35 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I was actually at a franchise show at the convention centre near the airport two or three years ago, and Carl's Jr. was there, so this has obviously been in the works for a while.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Tantalizingly, Steak 'n Shake was at the same show, though I have yet to see any evidence that we'll see them here anytime soon.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            burlgurl Mar 9, 2014 07:27 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Another US chain that I hadn't seen before, Papa Johns pizza is opening at College/Landsdown...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              KhaoSanRoad Mar 9, 2014 09:20 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              there is one in london iirc

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              - khao san road

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Pincus Apr 15, 2014 04:05 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                One in Waterloo too.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                abigllama Mar 28, 2014 01:54 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I noticed a bunch of Carl's Jr.s in the interior B.C. when we were skiing a couple of months back.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Used to eat this occasionally when I needed a quick lunch while working in California. It's decent but nothing really special. Sort of an advanced Burger King. I'd rather eat Carl's Jr. than Five Guys or Hero, but wouldn't go out of my way for one.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              ylsf Mar 6, 2014 06:14 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Walked by a sign on the old KO Burgers last night in the annex. Says Its All Greek is going in there.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              According to BlogTO a gyro place is opening up just around the corner -
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              "
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Cheap eats Greek restaurant, The Original Gyro Grill aka "OG Grill" has opened in the 362 Bloor Street complex (technically on Walmer Road)."

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              http://www.blogto.com/eat_drink/2014/...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Some other opening info there too.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. kwass Mar 6, 2014 04:47 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                A "family-style" steakhouse is opening @ Casa Loma

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  pourboi Mar 6, 2014 04:53 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  They say they found the original wine cellar behind a boarded up wall... they did not say if there was any wine left... probably not, but the unveiling would have make for a great Geraldo TV special!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. kwass Mar 7, 2014 02:11 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  A new mediterranean restaurant called District Oven is opening @ College and Ossington. It's from the guy behind 93 Harbord, and it looks really good!!

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  UPDATE: The restaurant is currently in a soft-opening phase. They will have their grand opening soon. Right now they're just open for dinner, but they expect to be open for lunch shortly.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    pourboi Mar 7, 2014 03:29 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    California Sandwiches is opening on Yonge across from College Park says a big sign in a window of an empty storefront...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      bluefirefly Mar 10, 2014 04:04 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      And a Gourmet Burger Company is going right in beside it...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      magic Mar 9, 2014 06:42 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Hazel's Diner looks to be opening on Eglinton, just west of Bathurst. Replacing a Piazzetta Trattoria that was there.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        kwass Mar 9, 2014 06:50 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Magic, any idea what happened to What A Bagel @ Yonge and Eg? The windows are papered up.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          magic Mar 9, 2014 06:54 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Oh are they??

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I did not know that. Gee, I hope they haven't closed, but that doesn't sound good.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Not sure, but if I find out I can report back. Thanks for the heads up.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            petek Mar 9, 2014 07:01 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            The whole NE corner of Y&E is being torn down to make way for condos.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              kwass Mar 9, 2014 07:09 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              So I guess that's the reason. It was just surprising to me because I thought What A Bagel did quite well.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                petek Mar 9, 2014 07:14 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Hopefully they'll reopen somewhere else in the neighborhood. The Burger King and Boston Pizza on Eglinton also shut down because of this condo.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  kwass Mar 9, 2014 07:19 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Kitchen Stuff Plus has also closed down

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    petek Mar 9, 2014 07:26 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Yup..not sure how far north on Yonge and east on Eg is being demolished. As long as they don't touch the Mc D's I'm good. :)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      kwass Mar 9, 2014 07:28 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      You're funny!!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Degustation Mar 9, 2014 12:04 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Think demolition is south of BMV books.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        foodyDudey Mar 9, 2014 08:28 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        The Yonge St store closed, but the KSP on Danforth just west of Pape re-opened this weekend after being closed for two months.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          kwass Mar 9, 2014 09:18 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I wonder why that store closed? Renovations?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            bytepusher Mar 9, 2014 02:38 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Frozen pipes burst, extensive flood damage

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              kwass Mar 9, 2014 02:44 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Wow! That's horrible! Thanks for the info bytepusher!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. KhaoSanRoad Mar 10, 2014 12:26 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              soon to open in the entertainment district:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              mevame where spring rolls once was

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              the trevor tavern where i think fusaros used to be

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              montecito: "an ivan reitman inspired menu by jonathon waxman"

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                pourboi Mar 10, 2014 02:34 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Fusaros is gone from Spadina?? NO!! loved going there when I worked on Peter St. Awesome place..

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Is "trevor" from trevor tavern the same trevor from trevor on Wellington & Church area?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  magic Mar 10, 2014 02:48 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Fusaro's is still there on Spadina. Phew. I just called.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Apparently they have a second location too, on Richmond at Sherbourne. Not sure if that location is still there? Forgot to ask.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  But 147 Spadina is still there, rest easy. Killer meatball sandwiches.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    KhaoSanRoad Mar 10, 2014 03:06 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    sorry, my mistake. its where a place called "steamys" was just south of the fresh.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      pourboi Mar 10, 2014 05:52 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      You should ask the admins to change that.. don't want people to find the original post and think they are closed...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        magic Mar 10, 2014 05:55 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        It's probably ok. It was cleared up immediately. It does happen from time to time.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        But yes, Fusaro's is defintely open.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                bytepusher Mar 11, 2014 06:44 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Two years and by appearances some burned bridges later, Nick Liu has finally found a place for his Gwai Lo concept. The space formerly occupied by Grace. He'll be in partnership with Anton Potvin so this is basically Niagara Street Cafe redux.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I enjoyed the food at a couple of the popups he did so hopefully it will be worth the wait for all concerned.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. kwass Mar 13, 2014 12:28 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  According to BlogTo, County General East opens today at 798 Queen St. East offering breakfast, lunch and snack bar menus.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    eller Mar 28, 2014 07:27 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I tried to have breakfast here this morning and the server was too busy with their painstaking latte craft to acknowledge me at the bar. Five minutes later and I couldn't be bothered waiting any longer and walked out.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    The room is weird. It looks like a bar where I'd contribute to furthering my cirrhosis, not eat brunch.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      JennaBean Mar 31, 2014 08:13 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I've had weekend brunch there twice since they open and both times service and food was great.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. kwass Mar 13, 2014 12:30 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Also according to Blog To, The Tavern by Trevor is currently in the works at 147 Spadina Avenue north of Richmond. The project is an extension of Trevor Kitchen and Bar.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      pourboi Mar 13, 2014 01:05 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I heard they are partnering with the owner of "Wide Open" and are calling it a "fine dining dive bar"...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        JennaBean Mar 13, 2014 01:09 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I hate to admit it, but I kinda love that...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          kwass Mar 13, 2014 01:15 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Wow!! That sounds awesome!!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Cat123 Mar 19, 2014 05:43 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          The website is up. No menus yet though.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          barneyvernon Mar 14, 2014 12:16 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Has anyone tried the Red Velvet Cake Company on Dufferin south of Lawrence?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            kwass Mar 14, 2014 12:23 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I just went on their twitter account, and apparently they've been open since July. But this is the 1st I'm hearing of them.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            UPDATE: Their Facebook page says they've been open since July 2012

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              barneyvernon Mar 14, 2014 03:43 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Well, if they've been open since July'12, they must have been operating somewhere else other than where they are now. I'm a regular in that area and its only been in the last few months that the building has been complete (it was under construction forever) and they've been open. Thanks for the info, however.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                kwass Mar 14, 2014 03:48 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                If you get there barney, can you please report back? I'd love to hear how it is!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. kwass Mar 16, 2014 03:36 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            A new restaurant revolving around hummus is opening. I think this sounds kind of neat :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            http://www.blogto.com/eat_drink/2014/...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              ylsf Mar 19, 2014 08:44 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Noticed the sign up at Burloak/QEW (Oakville) in a new building they are finishing off that says "Chop" - So, another location of the Chop Steakhouse. I am not sure if the building is a hotel but it looks like it could be.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                pourboi Mar 19, 2014 12:27 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Tatai Mar 19, 2014 05:18 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I noticed Bread & Bowl behind Toronto Rehab and Mount Sinai the other day. Have you tried it, pourboi? Is it eat-in, takeout or both? What type of food?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    ukers Mar 19, 2014 08:17 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    It's both eat in and take out. The staff are incredibly friendly. You can do customized salad bowls, sandwiches and fresh baked pizza. They have gluten-free bread and all the dressings are gluten-free. I've only had the club sandwich. It's pretty good if you are looking for something fresh and home-make like. It's not a taste explosion from what I can tell, but a nice option if you want something healthy in the area. Sandwiches are about $10 (you get a little coleslaw on the side). Decent espresso.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Tatai Mar 31, 2014 08:53 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I had an appointment at noon nearby Bread and Bowl today and decided to go there for lunch afterwards. I ordered their pulled pork sandwich. Incredibly, it was one of the best pulled pork sandwiches I've ever eaten (I've eaten the real deal in North and South Carolina).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Lots of very tender pork lightly tossed in a delicious house-made barbecue sauce (not too sweet, with really nice acidity and spice levels) with Swiss cheese (not traditional, but good) and very good creamy coleslaw. The homemade bun (choice of whole wheat or white) is sort of a cross between a hamburger bun and a slightly crusty roll. It held the filling perfectly and did not fall apart.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I'd definitely go back just for this, but also want to try their salads, soups, other sandwiches and pizza. The servers told me they make everything in house.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Just be forewarned that they're only open weekdays from 7am to 7pm.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      http://breadandbowl.com/

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. kwass Mar 20, 2014 11:08 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  According to BlogTo, a new fried chicken joint is set to open up inside Churchill's on Dundas West. They're likening it to the way Caplansky's first started by serving out of the Monarch.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Here's a link to the announcement:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  http://www.blogto.com/eat_drink/2014/...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    GoodGravy Mar 22, 2014 07:20 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I wonder who Luther is. Neither of the owners is named Luther.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    magic Mar 22, 2014 03:29 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Bagel House is now open on Eglinton (north side), just west of Avenue Road.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      bluefirefly Mar 26, 2014 04:56 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Spotted an awning with the words College Station Cafe Sandwich and Bake Shop. Sign said opening soon. Located between the Starbucks and W Burger at Yonge and College.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        ylsf Mar 27, 2014 07:36 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Recent mentions on BlogTo:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        http://www.blogto.com/eat_drink/2014/03/toronto_restaurant_openings_wilbur_mexicana_dutch_dreams_tacos_el_asador_kanga_yasu_sushi_tasting_bar/

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Kanga Aussie Meat Pies is taking over the old Fusia Dog space at 65 Duncan:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        http://www.eatkanga.com/

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Some other stuff listed on their including a second location of Fancy Franks, etc.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Food Tourist Mar 27, 2014 07:09 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I had a steak & bacon Kanga pie from Crema coffee. Yum.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. KhaoSanRoad Mar 30, 2014 01:19 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          a place called "feast" in the former preloved on queen west for the "allergic &sensitive" types will be opening one day.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Food Tourist Mar 30, 2014 07:12 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            They will attract customers who just want to prove them wrong. I have two to send them who won't be able to eat there, guaranteed.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            magic Mar 30, 2014 04:46 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I Went To Philly is opening a location on Eglinton just east of the Allen. Right next door to Frida (in the space where Tasty Chinese Restaurant was located, RIP).

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              ggom1 Mar 31, 2014 09:56 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Tavern by Trevor on Spadina is open now.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. barnes1852 Apr 1, 2014 10:23 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                saw a place up north on huntingwood in scarborough called mexico linda. had already eaten lunch but stopped in and grabbed a menu and talked to the owners. seems like they've been open 6 months and they are actually mexican. wasn't too busy and it was more of a takeout place but the menu looked interesting so next time i have a meeting up north i'll go there to eat.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                by the way. was in england for a friend's wedding this weekend. seems like heston blumenthal is moving the fat duck to melbourne for 6 months. the entire restaurant including staff and all starting in feb 2015. crazy.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  JennaBean Apr 1, 2014 10:33 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  weird I read yesterday that Noma is moving to Tokyo for six months starting in 2015.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    estufarian Apr 1, 2014 11:12 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    "Restaurant noma is moving to Japan for two months in the beginning of 2015."

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Above from a direct email from Noma - more detail available if anyone cares.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Maybe they want me to go back again!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    pourboi Apr 1, 2014 11:24 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    This really is not "moving" he is temp closing the restaurant in England and opening a pop-up in melbourne for 6 months. Same with Noma.. I would call these pop-ups moving implies something more permenant...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  3. kwass Apr 1, 2014 10:34 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Apparently, the Burger's Priest is opening up in Woodbridge @ Weston Rd and Hwy 7. Expected to open sometime in April.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      petek Apr 1, 2014 10:57 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      What about the BP that' supposed to open up on the Queensway?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        petek Apr 1, 2014 10:59 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Never mind.. their FB page says May opening

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Michael N Apr 1, 2014 03:50 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        That is weirdly close to the Holy Chuck in Woodbridge. I wonder if there's a story there.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          kwass Apr 1, 2014 03:58 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          There will be BP, HC and 5 guys, all within a 5 minute drive.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Let the burger wars begin!!!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      3. mariecollins Apr 3, 2014 10:08 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Two signs spotted on Danforth between Greenwood and Coxwell:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Sweet Serendipity - bakery
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Stock and Trade - butcher and kitchen

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Poorboy Apr 6, 2014 03:00 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I'm intrigued by Sweet Serendipity. Looking forward to it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. Full tummy Apr 5, 2014 09:27 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Fratelli Village Pizzeria second location opening where Crazy Tomato used to be at O'Connor and St. Clair!!! Now I don't have to make the drive.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            cheesymama Apr 7, 2014 02:10 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            A new place called Chicago Eatery is opening on Pape near Mortimer where King's Bar and Grill was.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              foodyDudey Apr 7, 2014 03:34 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I didn't even notice that "Kings Bar and Grill" had closed!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              rationallawyer Apr 10, 2014 08:10 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Denny's is opening on Dundas West, between the Eaton Centre and the Longos (sorry, don't have a street address).

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                ramenramen Apr 10, 2014 08:13 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Wow, is this the first one in Toronto proper?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Fat Pasha opens tomorrow...yay!!

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  radiopolitic Apr 10, 2014 11:13 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  https://www.dropbox.com/s/5wluejd8x7d...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  The menu hurts my eyes.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Vinnie Vidimangi Apr 10, 2014 11:29 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    nothing in the link

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      radiopolitic Apr 10, 2014 11:44 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Try refreshing. Do you have a .pdf reader on your computer/device?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      kwass Apr 10, 2014 11:40 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Mine too!! That's horrible!!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      That said, the menu looks awesome :)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        radiopolitic Apr 10, 2014 11:44 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        The food looks good in concept but some of those prices are making my eyes bulge.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          kwass Apr 10, 2014 11:49 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I agree. It's definitely on the expensive side for one of his restaurants. But then again, Big Crow has some expensive dishes as well.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          foodyDudey Apr 10, 2014 12:37 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Are you going to be one of the first to try the $9 jelly doughnut?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            kwass Apr 10, 2014 12:44 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I will try it, but that's insane! It better be as big as my head for that price :)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Michael N Apr 10, 2014 11:55 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Wow, that might just be one of the worst designed menus I've ever seen. I get what they were going for, but reading that makes my brain hurt.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            ylsf Apr 10, 2014 12:07 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I just asked my sister to come and look at it and her response was "What the heck is that??" And then repeated with "What the hell" and then "That looks like a 5 year old made that, what kind of restaurant is this? Fat Pasta??"

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              kwass Apr 10, 2014 12:13 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              It really is a horrible design!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                millygirl Apr 10, 2014 12:37 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Wow, it really does hurt your eyes to read!!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Jacquilynne Apr 10, 2014 01:17 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I read the bit in the top corner and was all set to be in a snit about a restaurant that isn't even open yet declaring some of their dishes Famous. But then I realized it says Hummus.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                mrsleny Apr 10, 2014 03:08 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Eeeeek .... sensory overload. Menu looks like it could induce seizures in some people.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Seriously though, menu items sound interesting but the prices seem kind of high or maybe it's just me. Also what is the point of the arrows?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  foodyDudey Apr 10, 2014 03:10 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I noticed that chicken skin is $12! I wonder what it costs for the complete chicken.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  The style of the menu looks like what you may see in one of those Jewish-Russian beach restaurants in Goa. Looks to me like someone spent too much time there.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  http://www.tabletmag.com/jewish-news-...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  pourboi Apr 10, 2014 03:13 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  here is an image of the menu in question....

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    JennaBean Apr 15, 2014 12:18 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Worst menu design I've seen in a long time.