The recent rash of restaurant closures
Ever since Hudson Kitchen - a beloved restaurant by diners, critics and celebrities - closed back in January, there has been a spate of restaurants being shuttered. And big ones.
Crush Wine Bar just announced they’ve closed. Fishbar on Ossington has shuttered. Le Petit Castor is no more, Gilead is up for sale and Vita Sociale didn’t last long at all. The Dominion on Queen was just sold.
Toronto is going through a deep change. We are too busy for long fine dining meals, but have tired of fast, casual meals already. Neighbourhoods such as Leslieville, Yonge and Eglinton, Roncesvalles, St. Clair and Yonge, Ossington and The Danforth are trying to accommodate the former residents while welcoming the new, as restaurants come and go.
Every Thursday, I cover the city’s restaurant openings and it’s riveting to see the activity happening weekly. Some weeks it’s almost too much to keep up with. But with new launches come closures, and it can be hard to let go of a restaurant that you frequented for years.
The new spots, however, can be just as captivating. Swan Restaurant may have closed, but it will breathe new life, thanks to Anthony Rose (of Rose & Sons, Big Crow, Fat Pasha and Schmaltz Appetizing), as Swan & Sons. I broke the news yesterday that stalwart Amaya the Indian Room on Bayview is closing after service on Sunday, July 26th. But not to worry, owner Hemant Bhagwani is cooking up an exciting new project for that same location. And while Table 17 is serving their last dinner this Saturday, it’s common knowledge that owners Erik Joyal and John Sinopoli are heading over to the Broadview Hotel (former home of Jilly’s) to open there, though they have to keep mum for now.
So while we've lost some epic spots, there are many new ones to look forward to. So stay tuned and keep an eye on our social media (Instagram, Twitter and Facebook) for breaking news and updates, because there is much, much more to come.
If there is an upside to all of this, it's that there is always somewhere new to eat. Always.