Open/Closed: week of May 4-10, 2017

This week offers a hodgepodge of cuisines, but most importantly – ice cream!

Here’s the very latest:


Brett’s Ice Cream (1698 Queen St. E.) starts scooping some of their 28 flavours tomorrow from 2 to 10 pm (Saturday 11 am to 10 pm, and Sunday 11 am to 9 pm). Their all-natural ice cream comes in vegan-, dairy- and gluten-free options, and includes Salted Caramel, Cherry Cheesecake, and Wild Blueberry Lavender.

The Chef Upstairs (555 N. Rivermede Rd., Unit B) has opened a second location in Vaughan. Grand opening celebrations take place on Sunday.

From New York City hot dog cart on West 53rd & 6th Ave. in 1990 to North American chain, the wait in Toronto is finally over. The Halal Guys (563 Yonge St.) open Friday at 11 am to serve their famous American Halal food.

Right across the street, Mr. Tonkatsu (548 Yonge St.) opens the doors to their second location today at 4:30 pm.

Choose from a range of sandwiches, salads, soups and pastas in an old-fashioned setting at Piccadilly Delicatessen (547 Danforth Ave.).


Against the Grain Urban Tavern (87 Laird Dr.) in Leaside is no more.

Axis Gallery and Grill (3048 Dundas St. W.) has closed.

Kobo Nobu (786 Broadview Ave.) is boarded up.

Chinatown’s popular Lee Garden (331 Spadina Ave.) has closed, just shy of their 40th anniversary.

Rione XI (672 St Clair Ave. W.) is up for lease.

Mississauga’s STIR Kitchen and Beverage Co. (10 Kingsbridge Garden Circle) has shuttered.


Great news for Beach residents – Toronto City Council voted unanimously to change a 30-year size restriction on restaurants on Queen East.


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