Open/Closed: week of September 7-13, 2017


Despite the short week, there’s still a heap of choices, including ice cream. Because we’re not ready to let go of summer quite yet.

Here’s the very latest:


From the same folks that brought us Belfast Love, the Donnelly Group is back – this time, West Queen West with Death & Taxes Free House (1154 Queen St. W.). On the micro menu? Avocado Toast ($9), a variety of pizzas on sesame seed crust ($11 ea.) and Kale Caesar ($8). Weekends and holidays, tuck into the AYCE brunch buffet ($16).

Keep the CNE feels going with Saturday’s grand opening of Funnel Cake Express (8 Wellesley St. E.). This month’s feature flavours include: Oreo, Hershey’s S’Mores, Maple Bacon, and Jack’s Hot with Monterey Jack and Sriracha ($13 ea.).

Katsuya’s (66 Gerrard St. E.) second location brings their popular Japanese fusion tonkatsu downtown.

ND Sushi & Grill (370 College St.) is back, opening today at noon. Note: there’s no booze until their liquor license comes through – expected to arrive in November.

Philthy Philly’s Cheesesteak (372 Yonge St.) has arrived at Yonge and Gerrard. Just in time for back-to-school.

All matcha, all the time, café/bakery Tsujiri (4909 Yonge St.) has landed a second outpost in North York.

Untold’s (1581 Bayview Ave.) salad bar, soup and chimney-style ice cream cone eatery has already drawn the Leaside crowd.

Just down the block from Untold is popular new eatery 2 BROS Cuisine’s second location (1549 Bayview Ave.). Local folks are giving their shawarma, poutine and other fare rave reviews.


Another tipping practices story has made the news, this time about a restaurant in Cabbagetown.

TIFF begins today. From Festival Street festivities filled with food trucks, extended patios and more, to the hottest bars + restaurants for celeb spotting, we’ve got you covered (check out 4 am extended last calls below).

On Friday, The Italian Cultural Institute presents “Extra Virgin Olive Oil,” lecture and oil tasting by Gaia Massai.

@chefgrantsoto is throwing a “El Bogo Fring’s IOU Warehouse bash this Sunday, with proceeds to benefit The Northern Cancer Foundation.

The famous Jerusalem Market Ezer Mizion's Shuk Machane Yehuda Visits Toronto takes place this Sunday.

From Latkes to Laffas – an exhibition about Jewish restaurants and eateries from 1900 to 2017 – is on until March 2018.

CoolN2 (Nitrogen Ice Cream) is donating all profits from the sales of their Storm in the Six ice cream to Hurricane Harvey disaster relief.

4 am extended last calls for TIFF 2017 have arrived. Enjoy late, late night drinks at these bars, restaurants, hotels and clubs:


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