Open/Closed: week of August 17-23, 2017

I've got 18 new spots for you this week. And you thought you had nowhere new to go. Pffft.

Here’s the very latest:


British-inspired pub The Anne Boleyn (117 Peter St.) opens today. I’ll have a closer look soon.

Bray’s Hamburgers (845 Lakeshore Rd. E.) – a Detroit diner that started in the ’50s – just opened in Mississauga. On the menu: burgers, fries and breakfast, naturally.

Celebrity chef Rodney Bowers new resto Bunnys (912 Queen St. E.) in Leslieville offers brunch, lunch, dinner and drinks.

North Yorkers can now indulge in their love of fried chicken, without having to leave the ’hood, at Hot Star Large Fried Chicken (5525 Yonge St.).

The folks in Riverside and Leslieville have a new place to shop for cheese and pick up $5 sandwiches, thanks to Good Cheese (614 Gerrard St. E.).

Kellys Landing Bar Grill Hub Restaurant (123 Front St. W.) opens this Monday, August 21 at 11 am.

After what feels like forever, Kensington Brewing Company (299 Augusta Ave.) has finally flung open the doors to their retail shop. Currently, there are seven bottled brews to choose from ($6-$7.50), and from the merch section: Beer Soap ($6)!

Feast on bulgogi and cold noodles just south of Bloor on Yonge at Kobi Korean Restaurant (710 Yonge St.).

Maiz  (3220 Yonge St.) has created arepas, tacos, burritos and bowls made with organic, fresh ingredients, including hormone- and antibiotic-free halal meat, as well as gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan options.

Greek, Mediterranean and Middle Eastern restaurant Mayrik (1580 Bayview Ave.) launched Tuesday.

Dine on fresh fish, shrimp, calamari, crab and lobster with torshi (pickled veg), hummus, tahini and baba ganoush at Mermaid Fish and Grill House’s (44 St. Clair Ave. E.) second location.

Morso Me (850 King St. W.) is serving up pizza, pasta, sandwiches and gelato next to Stanley Park at King and Niagara.

Get your hands on Japanese cheese tarts and frutes (smoothie-like beverages) at Pablo Cheesetart (114 Dundas St. W.), opening tomorrow at 4 pm. Head’s up: expect lineups similar to Uncle Tetsu.

Fulfill your pho fix (say that ten times fast) in Koreatown at Pho 88 (594 Bloor St. W.).

Ryus Noodle Bar (786 Broadview Ave.) was one of the businesses affected in the recent Baldwin St. fire. Find them in their sleek new location, conveniently located across from Broadview station.

Are you following a Paleolithic diet? Eating as our ancestors did? Paleo-inspired café/restaurant The Simple Kitchen (73 Roncesvalles Ave.) will make life easier.

Riverside’s Sugar Loaf (1062 Gerrard St. E.) has expanded into Leslieville. Doors opened Tuesday.

86’d (1321 Dundas St. W.) isn’t just a cocktail bar. They’re “an exceptionalreataurant [sic] with a food menu that changes daily.” On a recent menu: Roasted Mushroom and Sardo Toast ($7), Oyster Fish and Chips ($14) and Fettuccine Carbonara ($14).


Another Hepatitis scare , this time in Scarborough.

The CNE opens tomorrow. I’ll have a closer look at all the new foods for you tomorrow. And  don't miss the first-ever East Coast Kitchen Party (Aug 19 & 20) offering Maritime fare, entertainment, East Coast brews and spirits, including Newfoundland Screech. 

Restaurants are starting to go cashless.

Eddie Huang loves Toronto food. Puffy shirt. Master of your domain. Cartwright. YOU had wooden teeth! If these things mean anything to you, you’ll want to be at Field Trip Café (3 Westmoreland Ave.) this weekend for their Seinfeld Pop Up, complete with themed drinks and snacks, and art by Jenny Klonteig.

Drake’s OVO owl is on a restaurant billboard downtown. Cue pandemonium.


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