Open/Closed: week of April 20-26, 2017

April is a record breaker - 17 openings this week alone! – filled with weird, wild and wonderful options.

That brings the total to 43 for the month - and there’s still over a week to go.

I told you it was going to be busy.

Here’s the very latest:

OPENINGS

Chef Doug Penfold (Chabrol, Cava) has opened a French-Moroccan spot, Atlas Restaurant (18 Dupont St.), at the corner of Avenue Road and Dupont. The menu boasts Amlou of Almond & Argan Oil ($10), Sardine Kefta with Ras El Hanout & Celery ($10), Vadouvan Trout ($29) with escarole & Jerusalem artichoke purée, and Tagine of Roasted Goat ($35) with okra, chickpeas & squash. Stay tuned.

Bikini in Manila (361 Wilson Ave.), a restaurant, sports and karaoke bar combo, has opened in Wilson Heights.

Scarborough’s newest caffeine fix, BlackGold Café (2101 Brimley Rd.) is now open, with a grand opening to follow on May 6.

The Dundas General (1243 Dundas St. W.), a “modern, urban evolution of the beloved general store,” opens Wednesday in Little Portugal.

Mississauga has got your taco and churro cravings covered with new spot El Mariachi Tacos and Churros (233 Queen St. S). Doors open Saturday.

Load up on noodle pull photos at downtown’s GB Hand-Pulled Noodles (66 Edward St.).

New family-owned restaurant, George’s Greek Grill (622 Bloor St.), has opened in Mississauga.

Talk about secret. You have to walk through the door with a green light box in the Barber & Co. barbershop to get to the new Gift Shop (89 Ossington Ave.), a “cocktail den full of strange splendors,” with a barman known only as “H.”

Navayo Greek Bistro (2258 Kingston Rd.) in Scarborough opens today.

Oak Island (121 Ossington Ave.) is a pharmacy and soda fountain serving craft cocktails, handmade sodas, snacks, and “remedies & cures.”

Pizzano Pizza and Wings (900 Rathburn Rd. W.) has opened a second location in Mississauga, bringing with them their signature ‘za’s, including Butter Chicken and Meat Monster.

Get Jager and JD Tennessee Honey Party Shots for $2.43 “all day every day” at Prohibition Gastrohouse Midtown's second location (40 Eglinton Ave. E.).

Greenwood residents have a new option for Thai, thanks to Sala Modern Thai Kitchen(1262 Danforth Ave.).

Dig into Kimchi Pancakes and Pork Bone Soup at Seoulicious (590 Yonge St.),  just steps from Wellesley.

Looking for more plant-based options? Kensington Market’s Sweet Hart Kitchen (68 Wales Ave.) makes 100% plant-based fare, using natural sweeteners and healthy ingredients.

Twins Grill & Bakery (296-A Gerrard Ave.) specializes in rotisserie chicken to go.

Whole Foods Market Leaside (1860 Bayview Ave.) opens on Wednesday. Be one of the first 500 customers on opening day and receive a gift card.

CLOSINGS

The Beaconsfield (1154 Queen St. W.) has closed.

Flaming Bull (378 Bloor St. W.) in the Annex is papered up.

The Red Bench (611 Yonge St.) has shuttered.

NEWS

Chef and co-owner of Montreal's Joe Beef Restaurant, David McMillan, declared Toronto is the best place to eat.

Did Tim Hortons hoodwink you with their Perfectly Uncomplicated Lattes shop (634 Queen St. W.)?

Select Food Products Limited held a ribbon-cutting ceremony yesertday with Mayor John Tory for the unveiling of French’s new ketchup manufacturing line.

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Hear of a place that’s about to open or just closed? Have an upcoming food or restaurant event? Let me know.

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