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Feb 7, 2014 08:36 AM

"The Forth" - Pape & Danforth

Just read about this new venture coming this spring to The Danforth. Nervous about such a big space. Seems ambitious. 8,000 square feet! Really hope it does well.

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  1. I used to program in Forth over 30 years ago. Maybe they should call it J++. It will be interesting to see what they offer, but I can't imagine a restaurant of that size doing well.

    If I want Canadian influenced food on Danforth, we still go to Globe Bistro. And can't beat the 7 day a week happy hour (4 to 6 pm) with $1 oysters and 1/2 price draft.

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    1. re: foodyDudey

      What??? Why did I not know of this!!!

      1. re: roostermom

        You didn't know of the happy hour at Globe? Now you do. In the summer, we are there for happy hour on the rooftop patio at least twice a week. Here is the website:

        1. re: foodyDudey

          I knew about it in the summer but it slipped my mind now that the snow is here. Dh and I have had a few free late afternoons and have spent them at Prohibition or the Only. I think now we'll go to Globe - been there many, many times, just not for this event. I also enjoyed their $15 burger/beer nights.

          1. re: roostermom

            $15 beer/burger nights at Globe Bistro or the other places you mentioned above? I have not heard of those deals at Globe, and I get their emails.

              1. re: roostermom

                Sunday is a good day to go for Happy Hour and then 1/2 price bottles of wine for dinner

    2. People equate the Danforth with safe and boring greek food, but with patios.
      I'm curious as to how PL does, since it is patio-less.

      Not sure if this venture will fly.

      think it's about time, though, that we call that area the Danforth and it loses its Greektown moniker. Greektown's been shedding its greekness for the past 5+ years. fewer Greek stores and restaurants, smaller Greek population in the area.

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      1. re: atomeyes

        If you mean Pizza Libretto, it's doing just fine, packed solid every day I walk by. So Greek food is boring? Like more boring than driving to Oshawa for some takeout BBQ? There are interesting things to eat on Danforth, all the way from Globe Bistro at the west end to various places east of Pape.

        1. re: foodyDudey

          Burgers, BBQ and beer are exciting, foodyDudey. The Toronto trifecta of excitement.

        2. re: atomeyes

          Allen's has the best selection of whiskies in Toronto, the best patio and in my opinion, the best burger in town. A real New York bar...not very Greek.

          1. re: atomeyes

            Does the greektown moniker ruin your dining experience? Yes the area isn't as Greek as what it once was but lets not Exagerate, the greektown portion of the danforth still boasts over 30 greek restaurants/cafes and many businesses that don't trade under the Greek theme anymore are still Greek owned, when the danforth is reduced to half a dozen Greek restaurants your point will be more valid. As it stands Greektown still has life in it, both as a greek area and the diverse mix that compliments it.

          2. Hate to sound all negative but the fact that it's on the 2nd floor seems odd, makes me think of banquet halls.

            I had to look up Brasserii because the name did not ring any bells which isn't a good sign either.

            Having said that, I am hoping they do well. I really am.

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              1. re: foodyDudey

                Millygirl I'm not so sure Brassaii is known for its food as much as its Thursday night / Bay street expense account / bottle service / meat market.

              2. re: millygirl

                I know someone who has planned to have her wedding reception at The Forth, so The Forth certainly plans to be an event space as well as a restaurant. Trinity Taverna has also been marketing itself as an event space for wedding receptions and holiday parties.

                I think there's a need for an upscale restaurant that can act as an upscale banquet hall/event space for wedding receptions and baptism receptions, that can seat 150, in East York. It'll be nice to have a banquet hall/event space option on the Danforth and on the subway line.

                1. re: prima

                  There is probably a need for a decent size event space but that location is not in East York, it's in Toronto. Now we'll have to wait and see if they will serve Burgers, BBQ and Beer or only souvlaki, sliders and sambuca

                  1. re: foodyDudey

                    I'm guessing The Forth with be serving a lot of mixed greens, beef tenderloin and panna cotta at its receptions. Hopefully its regular restaurant menu will serve tasty and interesting food. Would like to see something along the lines of a 2014 equivalent to the Pan of the late 90s.

                    1. re: prima

                      Did you try Pan in it's first few years? It had started it's decent by the late 90's, but was still good enough that I took Mrs fD there on our first date and was engaged 4 months later. And she hasn't left yet! I first ate at Pan in 1993, after trying some of their food at the first Taste of the Danforth. Even though it is not as innovative as the early 90's, it is still serving decent food.

                      1. re: foodyDudey

                        I ate at Pan in 1998 or 1999, before it was sold to its current owners.

                        I agree, the food at Pan is still decent. By decent, I mean decent, safe and boring Greek food.

                        1. re: prima

                          I took Mrs fD there in June of 1998. Yes it is safe and boring, but you can do much worse. The $25 fixed price (I don't know how you say that in Greek) is a good deal for what you get.

                          1. re: foodyDudey

                            My tongue is planted in cheek when I label Greek food safe and boring. Pan's mezes and mains are arguably less boring than most Danforth Greek options. They tend to use more interesting combinations of herbs and spices than Pantheon, Megas and Kalyvia, in my experience.

              3. This place is opening today, according to their Twitter feed:

                Website looks... fancy

                They won't pull me away from Libretto or Wren but interested to check it out!

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                1. re: LemonLauren

                  I can't wait to order the $59 chicken for two!

                  Here is a gem from the website: Our website is now live! Head over and lock in your rezzos for our opening night TOMORROW!

                  (from urban dictionary)
                  the motion of moving ones' hand back and forth whilst keeping the arm straight. This is usually done when a person has come out with a great line usually being an innuendo. the term "Rezzo" is short for "resonate" and comes from the rhyme "arm straight... and resonate!"
                  Male 1: "dude, I just got laid!"
                  Male 2: "Good lad" (actions a Rezzo)
                  Male 1: (also actions a Rezzo)

                  Male 1: "mate, look at the size of that head on your beer!"
                  Male 2: "best head ive had in ages!
                  Male 1 & 2: (action a Rezzo)

                  1. re: foodyDudey

                    I don't understand why their website isn't more mobile friendly. Drives me nuts.

                  2. I went to The Forth for a wedding reception a couple weeks ago, and was impressed. The same family that owns Spirale Banquet Hall owns The Forth. Nice space for a wedding or private function . Appetizers included an antipasto bar and grilled lamb chops. Good salad. Beef tenderloin was fine for a banquet of 150 people. Sticky toffee pudding was a good version.

                    I haven't been for the regular a la carte menu yet. They are also serving brunch, and some of the brunch dishes look interesting (based on online photos).

                    If anyone needs a hall for a wedding reception on the subway line, The Forth is worth considering.