Open/Closed: week of October 5-11, 2017

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There’s a lot to celebrate this week – it’s the long weekend, Thanksgiving, ice cream and patio weather, AND there’s an astounding 15 new eateries this week.

Here’s the very latest:

OPENINGS

Chef Patrick Kriss of Alo Restaurant softly opened Aloette (163 Spadina Ave.) on Tuesday. No doubt it will be as in demand as upstairs.

Leaside got a new brewery/restaurant combo on Monday. Amsterdam Barrel House (87 Laird Dr.) comes with a two-tier patio, seats over 200, and features exclusive barrel-aged beers and FarmHouse ales.

From Arnavut Ciğer (fried seasoned cubed beef liver, $6) and Karides Güveç (shrimp casserole stew, $13) to Chicken Fettuccine Alfredo ($17) to Café De Paris Bonfile “Tenderloin” ($36), Scarborough’s Barans Turkish Cuisine & Bar (2043 Eglinton Ave. E.) offers a host of lunch and dinner options.

Beach Hill Smokehouse (172 South Main Street) opens on Saturday. Their specialty? Low ’n’ slow Texas barbecue.

Harbord and Spadina is now home to Mediterranean takeout Croutons (652 Spadina Ave.).

Frankfurter-focused Fancy Franks has landed in Cabbagetown (484 Parliament St.). Doors opened yesterday.

From the folks behind Kupfert & Kim comes cozy sit-down spot Hello 123 (1122 Queen St. W.). Stay tuned.

On the menu at Kanda Izakaya (2140 Yonge St.): sushi, sake and ramen.

You now have two locations to dine at Tibetan, Nepalese and Indian restaurant Karma’s Kitchen(300 College St.). Enjoy 25% off until October 8 (restrictions apply).

Cravings for Cuban fare can now be satiated eastside, thanks to La Cubana’s third resto (1030 Gerrard St. E.).

“Breakfast, wedding cakes and cookies” are the focus of Mocha Cafe and Pastry (1290 Danforth Ave.).

From falafel wrap ($5.30) to lamb chops with salad and rice ($13.95), dining at Nora Shawarma & Kabob (339 College St.) costs less than $20.

Tuck into homemade Mexican fare such as Seafood Cocktail ($11) and Braised BBQ Chicken ($12) at Pico de Gallo (214 Augusta Ave.).

Rolltation wants you to have a good Thanksgiving. This holiday Monday, they’re launching their new location (3 Carlton St.) with free Rolltation Sushi Burritos – first come, first served; one Signature Roll per person while quantities last – from 11 am to 3 pm.

Simmer Huang (456 Spadina Ave.) isn’t your typical hot pot spot (say that three times fast). Simmer pots don’t contain water or soup, and food is cooked right at your table. Each pot comes with 10 veg to start, then you can customize it or choose a preset combo (Vegetarian $39.50- Deluxe $53.50).

CLOSINGS

Masseria (now called Pizza Nova Masseria) is closed for renovations at 577 King St. W.

NEWS

Want to raise chickens? You need to live in these areas.

Harry’s Charbroiled (160 Springhurst Ave.) is celebrating their first birthday with free burgers today from 12 to 4 pm, with all donations going to the Parkdale Community Food Bank, and Harry’s matching donations up to 5K.

This Sunday, EDIT is holding a Thanksgiving Feast for 5,000 folks, in hopes of cutting global food waste in half by 2030.

While some cafés and restaurants are banning screens, others are tuning their eateries into workspaces during the day.

Should dogs be allowed in restaurants? This woman thinks so.

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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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