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2014 Restaurant and Food Store OPENINGS!!

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

    1. 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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      1. re: ylsf

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

      2. 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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          1. re: justsayn

            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!

            1. re: ylsf

              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

                1. re: justxpete

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

        1. 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....

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

              1. 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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                1. re: kwass

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

                2. 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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                  1. re: kwass

                    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.

                  2. 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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                      1. re: ylsf

                        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. 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.

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

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                          1. re: Meggers12

                            Carbon Bar opened last year, not in 2014

                            1. re: foodyDudey

                              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...

                              1. re: pourboi

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

                                  1. re: justsayn

                                    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.

                          2. "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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                            1. re: laidoffhound

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

                              1. re: kwass

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

                                1. re: laidoffhound

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

                                  1. re: kwass

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

                            2. 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.

                              1. 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.”

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

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                                  1. re: Dean Tudor

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

                                  2. 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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                                    1. re: Nevy

                                      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.

                                      1. re: Nevy

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

                                        1. re: Nevy

                                          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?

                                          1. re: Vinnie Vidimangi

                                            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

                                          2. re: Nevy

                                            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.

                                            1. re: hal2010

                                              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.

                                            1. 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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                                              1. re: Food Tourist

                                                I think BlogTO is stealing my thunder.

                                                1. re: Food Tourist

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

                                                  1. re: Food Tourist

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

                                                    1. re: Food Tourist

                                                      Has anyone been in?

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

                                                      1. re: FrenchSoda

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

                                                        1. re: FrenchSoda

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

                                                          1. re: foodyDudey

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

                                                            1. re: FrenchSoda

                                                              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.

                                                    2. re: Food Tourist

                                                      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. 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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                                                      1. re: Food Tourist

                                                        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...

                                                        1. re: pourboi

                                                          Oh then on Oct 26th they decided to drop burgers and do sandwiches! http://3gamechangers.wordpress.com/20...

                                                          Then on Dec 13 they decide on BBQ .. http://3gamechangers.wordpress.com/20...

                                                          "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

                                                          1. re: pourboi

                                                            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.

                                                            1. re: Michael N

                                                              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....

                                                              1. re: pourboi

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

                                                                1. re: LexiFirefly

                                                                  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?

                                                                  1. re: justsayn

                                                                    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!!!

                                                                    1. re: justsayn

                                                                      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.

                                                                      1. re: pourboi

                                                                        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.

                                                                      2. re: justsayn

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

                                                                    2. re: pourboi

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

                                                                      1. re: frogsteak

                                                                        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.

                                                                        1. re: frogsteak

                                                                          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."

                                                                          1. re: pourboi

                                                                            The Twitter is like a car accident. Ugh.

                                                                      2. re: Michael N

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

                                                                        1. re: Food Tourist

                                                                          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?

                                                                          1. re: bluefirefly

                                                                            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.

                                                                            1. re: bluefirefly

                                                                              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.

                                                                          2. re: pourboi

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

                                                                          3. re: pourboi

                                                                            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.

                                                                          4. re: Food Tourist

                                                                            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. . .

                                                                            1. re: Food Tourist

                                                                              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.

                                                                              1. re: estufarian

                                                                                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:

                                                                                ----------------------------------------------------

                                                                                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

                                                                                ---------------------------------------------------------

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

                                                                                1. re: pourboi

                                                                                  "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?

                                                                                  1. re: petek

                                                                                    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.

                                                                                  2. re: pourboi

                                                                                    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.

                                                                                    1. re: pourboi

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

                                                                                      1. re: pourboi

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

                                                                                        1. re: pourboi

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

                                                                                          1. re: estufarian

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

                                                                                            1. re: petek

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

                                                                                                1. re: justsayn

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

                                                                                                  1. re: petek

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

                                                                                                    1. re: JennaBean

                                                                                                      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" !!!

                                                                                                      1. re: justsayn

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

                                                                                                        1. re: justsayn

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

                                                                                                          1. re: LexiFirefly

                                                                                                            He didn't get rich being stupid! : P

                                                                                                            1. re: justsayn

                                                                                                              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.

                                                                                                              1. re: barnes1852

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

                                                                                                                1. re: LexiFirefly

                                                                                                                  You missed this?

                                                                                                                  ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

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

                                                                                                                  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

                                                                                                                  ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

                                                                                                                  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?

                                                                                                                  1. re: foodyDudey

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

                                                                                                                    1. re: foodyDudey

                                                                                                                      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.

                                                                                                                      1. re: pourboi

                                                                                                                        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

                                                                                                                        1. re: foodyDudey

                                                                                                                          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...

                                                                                                                          1. re: pourboi

                                                                                                                            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?

                                                                                                                            1. re: foodyDudey

                                                                                                                              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?

                                                                                                                              1. re: pourboi

                                                                                                                                assumptions make an ass out of u and me

                                                                                                                                1. re: TheGroon

                                                                                                                                  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.

                                                                                                                                2. re: pourboi

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

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

                                                                                                                                3. re: foodyDudey

                                                                                                                                  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.

                                                                                                                                  1. re: barnes1852

                                                                                                                                    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.

                                                                                                                                    1. re: barnes1852

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

                                                                                                                                      1. re: disgusti

                                                                                                                                        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.

                                                                                                                                    2. re: foodyDudey

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

                                                                                                                              2. re: foodyDudey

                                                                                                                                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!!!

                                                                                                                                1. re: LexiFirefly

                                                                                                                                  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

                                                                                                          2. re: Food Tourist

                                                                                                            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.

                                                                                                            1. re: num nums

                                                                                                              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. . .

                                                                                                              1. re: afong56

                                                                                                                This has to be a really shitty hoax of some description

                                                                                                              2. re: num nums

                                                                                                                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...

                                                                                                                1. re: num nums

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

                                                                                                                  1. re: LexiFirefly

                                                                                                                    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?

                                                                                                                    1. re: barnes1852

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

                                                                                                                      1. re: LexiFirefly

                                                                                                                        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...

                                                                                                                        1. re: barnes1852

                                                                                                                          HAHA. That made me LOL.

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

                                                                                                                          1. re: barnes1852

                                                                                                                            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

                                                                                                                        2. re: barnes1852

                                                                                                                          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!"

                                                                                                                          1. re: pourboi

                                                                                                                            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!

                                                                                                                              1. re: radiopolitic

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

                                                                                                                    2. re: Food Tourist

                                                                                                                      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!

                                                                                                                      1. re: pourboi

                                                                                                                        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.

                                                                                                                        1. re: ylsf

                                                                                                                          <Better than any sitcom>

                                                                                                                          This is the best! I'm hooked..

                                                                                                                          1. re: ylsf

                                                                                                                            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...

                                                                                                                            1. re: pourboi

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

                                                                                                                              1. re: kwass

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

                                                                                                                                1. re: Full tummy

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

                                                                                                                                  1. re: barnes1852

                                                                                                                                    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..

                                                                                                                            2. re: ylsf

                                                                                                                              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!!!

                                                                                                                              1. re: pourboi

                                                                                                                                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.

                                                                                                                                1. re: barnes1852

                                                                                                                                  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?

                                                                                                                                  1. re: kwass

                                                                                                                                    <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.

                                                                                                                                    1. re: petek

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

                                                                                                                                      1. re: kwass

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

                                                                                                                                        1. re: petek

                                                                                                                                          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.

                                                                                                                                    2. re: kwass

                                                                                                                                      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.

                                                                                                                                        1. re: kwass

                                                                                                                                          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).

                                                                                                                                          1. re: happycamper

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

                                                                                                                              2. re: pourboi

                                                                                                                                I think they just might be trolling this thread

                                                                                                                                  1. re: barnes1852

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

                                                                                                                                1. re: pourboi

                                                                                                                                  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?

                                                                                                                                  1. re: afong56

                                                                                                                                    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...

                                                                                                                                2. re: Food Tourist

                                                                                                                                  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.

                                                                                                                                  1. re: barnes1852

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

                                                                                                                                    Hilarious!

                                                                                                                                    1. re: barnes1852

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

                                                                                                                                      1. re: foodyDudey

                                                                                                                                        <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...

                                                                                                                                      2. re: barnes1852

                                                                                                                                        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.

                                                                                                                                        1. re: JennaBean

                                                                                                                                          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.

                                                                                                                                          1. re: pourboi

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

                                                                                                                                            1. re: pourboi

                                                                                                                                              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.

                                                                                                                                              1. re: Michael N

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

                                                                                                                                                1. re: disgusti

                                                                                                                                                  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.

                                                                                                                                                  1. re: hal2010

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

                                                                                                                                                2. re: Michael N

                                                                                                                                                  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..

                                                                                                                                                  1. re: pourboi

                                                                                                                                                    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.

                                                                                                                                          2. re: Food Tourist

                                                                                                                                            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."

                                                                                                                                            1. re: pourboi

                                                                                                                                              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...

                                                                                                                                              1. re: bytepusher

                                                                                                                                                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.

                                                                                                                                                1. re: bytepusher

                                                                                                                                                  Could very well be a chef or two having fun!

                                                                                                                                                  1. re: bytepusher

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

                                                                                                                                                    1. re: pourboi

                                                                                                                                                      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...

                                                                                                                                                      1. re: barnes1852

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

                                                                                                                                                        1. re: petek

                                                                                                                                                          Ya..this has got to be a troll.

                                                                                                                                                          http://3gamechangers.wordpress.com/

                                                                                                                                                          check out the late night menu. copyright infringement much?

                                                                                                                                                          1. re: petek

                                                                                                                                                            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.

                                                                                                                                                              1. re: petek

                                                                                                                                                                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!

                                                                                                                                                                1. re: Food Tourist

                                                                                                                                                                  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.

                                                                                                                                                            1. re: barnes1852

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

                                                                                                                                                              1. re: pourboi

                                                                                                                                                                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).

                                                                                                                                                              2. re: barnes1852

                                                                                                                                                                I love the Bobbsey Twins ref in the article.

                                                                                                                                                        2. re: Food Tourist

                                                                                                                                                          Well its April first and no punchline yet!

                                                                                                                                                          1. re: pourboi

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

                                                                                                                                                          2. re: Food Tourist

                                                                                                                                                            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.

                                                                                                                                                            1. re: num nums

                                                                                                                                                              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.

                                                                                                                                                              1. re: barnes1852

                                                                                                                                                                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.

                                                                                                                                                                1. re: Snarf

                                                                                                                                                                  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.

                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: barnes1852

                                                                                                                                                                    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.

                                                                                                                                                                2. re: num nums

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

                                                                                                                                                                3. re: Food Tourist

                                                                                                                                                                  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.

                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: num nums

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

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

                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: barnes1852

                                                                                                                                                                          Ha, he must have loved our attempts at sleuthing on here. I guess in retrospect it should have been obvious that the space would be used for a new restaurant down the road that was seperate from the hoax. I wonder who the actual people were in the pics :)

                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: barnes1852

                                                                                                                                                                            I personally do not think it is "well played" basically it is an existing restaurant owner and frequent chowhound contributor making a fool out of everyone by providing false information to the public and the press. It gives the restaurant industry a black-eye IMHO.

                                                                                                                                                                            Many of the twitter posts were racist and sexist and if that is what khao san road finds "funny" all respect for him & his restaurant is now gone....

                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: pourboi

                                                                                                                                                                              Knowing people in the business who made decisions by the lies, I do not see it as being played well at all.

                                                                                                                                                                              I also believe there was no gain, but Tom Foolery. What a waste of money, energy, and an opportunity to do something equally creative but far more positive for a richer outcome.

                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: justsayn

                                                                                                                                                                                I am also not impressed. How is acting like a child, and making fun of the food industry in a city where tons of people lose everything funny? I loved his resto but will not be going again. Call me an under 30 buzzkill.

                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: justsayn

                                                                                                                                                                                  I'm curious what decisions you industry connections made based on these posts. Did they decide not to open a cupcake store or Indian burger place in the same area?

                                                                                                                                                                                2. re: pourboi

                                                                                                                                                                                  What did I tell you back on March 3 in my 11:39am post? But you didn't want to believe it. Looks like I was 100% correct. Now I'm just waiting for my free meal coupon for making the best guess.

                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: foodyDudey

                                                                                                                                                                                    No 100% you were thinking April fools joke.. it did not get busted till April 23rd... and who know how long he would have kept it up if it was not for super sleuth!

                                                                                                                                                                                    But you still deserve a cupcake cooked in a smoker...

                                                                                                                                                                                3. re: barnes1852

                                                                                                                                                                                  So I was fairly dormant on this thread. In fact, I only read it a few months ago, and ironically, today.

                                                                                                                                                                                  This stuff is comedic genius. It's very South Park'ish and to be honest I think Monty is brilliant for pulling it off.

                                                                                                                                                                                  Reading through some old Blog Posts it's funny,
                                                                                                                                                                                  Notice how the BBQ Restaurant is called:
                                                                                                                                                                                  Don't Mess With Texas Smoke N Mirrors BBQ.
                                                                                                                                                                                  http://3gamechangers.wordpress.com/20...

                                                                                                                                                                                  For anyone upset at this, you either have egg on your face or no sense of humour.
                                                                                                                                                                                  But you got Punk'd. We all got Punk'd.
                                                                                                                                                                                  And it was comedy gold.

                                                                                                                                                                                  I'm still giggling at the not being able to put a Food Truck IN a restaurant because of Toronto`s 50metre by-law. Lol.

                                                                                                                                                                                  Good job KSR.

                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: pakmode

                                                                                                                                                                                    So we got trolled..lighten up. Plenty of things worse than this happening on the interwebs. It was good for a laugh.

                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: pakmode

                                                                                                                                                                                      So I guess you missed the tweet to Caplansky while he was in Japan to "bring some beautiful women back if u can. we'll love u long time." As someone who owns a Thai restaurant making jokes about the Asian sex trade is not something I expect or condone...

                                                                                                                                                                                      It was bad enough when I thought it was a 20yo kid!

                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: pourboi

                                                                                                                                                                                        Suddenly I'm getting flashbacks to the whole #CancelColbert flap. There's a big difference between legitimately making a comment like that, and making it under the guise of satire. I think the whole thing was hilarious and, like any good satire, sharply insightful -- but to each their own.

                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Michael N

                                                                                                                                                                                          If KSR had a show on the Comedy Network then IMHO your point would be valid. As far as everyone knew at the time the comment was not under the guise of satire but was in fact portrayed as legitimate.

                                                                                                                                                                                      2. re: pakmode

                                                                                                                                                                                        I agree - the final bit about a new concept of putting a food truck inside a restaurant was 'laugh-out-loud' funny. A couple of the earlier postings were a bit cringe-inducing or sophomoric - but that didn't stop them from being funny.

                                                                                                                                                                                        As for 'boycotting' a restaurant because of the views of its owner - humorous; political; religious or other presumed slight - that strikes me as far more sinister than having a different sense of humour.

                                                                                                                                                                                        And, for the record, I recall a comment maybe a year ago on Khao San Road, which 'accused' them of using Chinese chefs, not Thai chefs. The comment from Khao San Road was "All of our chefs are Canadian" which, for me, was one of the best replies ever on Chowhound.

                                                                                                                                                                                        That's a viewpoint I am proud to support.

                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: estufarian

                                                                                                                                                                                          To each his own.. Rob Ford says he wants to cut Taxes - That's a viewpoint I am proud to support.

                                                                                                                                                                                          He also smokes crack so I will never vote for him.. the two are not at odds..

                                                                                                                                                                                          KSR view on staff is a viewpoint I can support - if he thinks its funny to post jokes about the asian sex trade and calling women "bitches" - I will never step into his restaurant..

                                                                                                                                                                                          My money, my choice

                                                                                                                                                                                        2. re: pakmode

                                                                                                                                                                                          I didn't get punk'd. But he made it obvious how easy it is to fool many of the Chowhounders. It shows that people believe whatever they want to believe, when the truth is staring right at them.

                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: pakmode

                                                                                                                                                                                            Looking for BBQ experts in the cities they chose was when I knew positively that it was a joke of some sort - but I didn't understand what was going on, I admit that. And I thought the food concepts/menus were awesome. I was inclined to believe it was a university project of some sort.

                                                                                                                                                                                            For me, the confusion and the reveal do not entice me one bit to care about the next step and that's why I think it was a fail from a marketing perspective. From a Tom Foolery perspective he must have had a hell of a great laugh enjoying every detail.

                                                                                                                                                                                            Bottom line, as a marketer, I feel he simply missed the boat with all that [wasted] energy and opportunity.

                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: justsayn

                                                                                                                                                                                              It was pretty obvious it was a joke aimed at this thread....I personally didn't find it very funny or entertaining, but I'm glad the owner had fun doing it. Please put up the fake signs inside the new restaurant.

                                                                                                                                                                                          2. re: barnes1852

                                                                                                                                                                                            This was a great for a laugh and interesting how closely so many people followed this even after silly comments were made by 3gamechangers to the point where people had to have known it was a joke.
                                                                                                                                                                                            I am a female and took zero offense from any of it. I found it funny and I actually may drive all the way from Mississauga to try KSR after this.

                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: barnes1852

                                                                                                                                                                                              Funny stuff. I wish it had gone on for a few more iterations. The food truck inside a restaurant concept was hilarious. They'd just reached their stride when it got busted.

                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: hal2010

                                                                                                                                                                                                I got a kick out of it...

                                                                                                                                                                                                FYI, the recent Good Food show at Direct Energy Centre (just before Easter) had food trucks and a common seating area, much like a food court. The 7 or 8 trucks, including a Wines of Ontario tasting truck, encircled the benches, and provided a respite. Good idea....

                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: Dean Tudor

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Lol @ the people that want to boycott KSR for playing a prank. Purely awesome. Adds to the hilarity.

                                                                                                                                                                                          3. 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. 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.

                                                                                                                                                                                              1. 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.

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: LexiFirefly

                                                                                                                                                                                                    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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Deep Puddle

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: LexiFirefly

                                                                                                                                                                                                        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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. re: Deep Puddle

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. 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. 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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                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: Food Tourist

                                                                                                                                                                                                            We had been Opened since Feb. 1st. Specialized in Halal game meat value added products such as bison burgers, venison ravioli, rabbit + orange soup and more.

                                                                                                                                                                                                            facebook.com/berbician for more updates and product details.

                                                                                                                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. 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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                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: peppermint pate

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

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: ramenramen

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: justsayn

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: BigBabyYeezuS

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: happycamper

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: justsayn

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: justxpete

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. re: ramenramen

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      According to this Instagram post they will be opening this Wednesday (Sept 24). Looks like in addition to the retail butcher side, there will also be takeaway prepared food like the rotisserie chicken in this image:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      http://instagram.com/p/tLOjx0g04D/

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    3. 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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Food Tourist

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Food Tourist

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          They are still "opening soon" on Evans.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. 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. 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/

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. 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. 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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: kwass

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  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 :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: ylsf

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: ylsf

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      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...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Michael N

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        That sounds really interesting!! Thanks Michael!!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Michael N

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          walked by today and they do have paper up in the window but no mention of any opening date

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. re: kwass

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Grand opening of Lucky Red is this Wednesday. Can't wait to try this place!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: justsayn

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: bytepusher

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. re: justsayn

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Could it possibly be Styx-themed?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: Snarf

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. re: justsayn

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            3. 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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: kwass

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                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...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. 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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. 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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: pourboi

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    And their target audience is...???

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Full tummy

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: pourboi

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Full tummy

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. re: Full tummy

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        People from Siberia who are homesick

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: foodyDudey

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Hahaha! Never heard of that particular homesickness...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. re: Full tummy

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          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. 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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. 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. 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-...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Has anybody tried it?

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: justsayn

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: disgusti

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: disgusti

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: justsayn

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. 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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: MissBingBing

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. re: sophie.brunet

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: sophie.brunet

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            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" ?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      3. 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. Kinton ramen replacing Murray's. Sign in window.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: justsayn

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: justsayn

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

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: kwass

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Says Kenzo Ramen not Kinton in the window. Huh?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: justsayn

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: num nums

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      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!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: justsayn

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: ramenramen

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: justsayn

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. re: ramenramen

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            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..

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: ramenramen

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: szw

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                That seems kind of irresponsible IMO.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: kwass

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: justsayn

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: num nums

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

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: justsayn

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        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...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. re: justsayn

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    3. 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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: ylsf

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: justsayn

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. 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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: j3n

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: pourboi

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Walked by today and the front door was open with construction guys milling about.. only thing dione on the inside that I could see was the hood vent seems to be installed. Everything else looked to be dry dusty concrete...

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

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

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: juliewong

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I posted about it earlier this month above. :)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/9297... 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/

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. 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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: pourboi

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  J-P has gone back to his Toronto roots?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: pourboi

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: pourboi

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. 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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: pourboi

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: ramenramen

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: pourboi

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: disgusti

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: kwass

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Fried chicken sandwich!

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: ylsf

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            No kidding. Who wants to camp out tonight?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            : P

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: CocoaChanel

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      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!!!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: MissBingBing

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            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. 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. 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"

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. 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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: FrenchSoda

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Snarf

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. 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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. 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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: radiopolitic

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: kwass

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: petek

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: pourboi

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

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