Open/Closed: week of October 4-10, 2018

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There are so many changes happening in restaurants right now. Blink and you’ll miss it.  

The proof? The insane amount of openings (18!), and shocking closings (notably in the Dundas West ‘hood – what’s going on?) just this week alone. 

Here’s the very latest: 

OPEN

Basil Box softly opened at Yonge Sheppard Centre (4841 Yonge St.) Monday.

From dim sum and sushi to AYCE lunch and dinner, Asian fusion restaurant Blooming Orchid (525 Eglinton Ave. W.) has got you covered. 

Cafe Luna (2800 Dundas St. W.) is serving up healthy Mediterranean eats in The Junction.

Self-explanatory Coffee and Clothing (348 Pape Ave.) celebrated their grand opening this weekend. 

Colds and flus don’t stand a chance this season with healthy juices and remedies from ELXR Juice Lab’s new location - concourse atrium level of Scotia Plaza (40 King St. W.).

Head to Hotspot (672B St. Clair Ave. W.) for homemade burgers, pasta, and pizza. 

Labora Restaurant and Bar by Chef Rob Bragagnolo has taken over the entire Campo Food Hall (433 King St W.) space. See below for more info.

The menu at French diner Le Swan (892 Queen St. W.) by Jen Agg (Grey Gardens, Rhum Corner) includes oysters ($36/doz.), Quarter Rotisserie Chicken ($18), Cobb Salad ($17), Chicken Fried Steak ($19), cocktails, milkshakes and dessert.

Moberly Natural Foods (688 St. Clair Ave. W.) continues its expansion with a second location in Hillcrest Village.

Old Town Bodega (402 King St. E.) is open in Corktown, though hours are varied until their liquor license comes through.

The fourth Organic Garage (42 Hanna Ave.) launches in Liberty Village on Wednesday.

You may be taking more coffee breaks now that Pablo Mini by Pablo Cheese Tart has landed in the Financial District at Scotia Plaza (40 King St. W.).

And just when you didn’t think this week could get any better, Rudy (69 Duncan St.) debuted their second location downtown.

The Food Dudes just launched Clay at the Gardiner Museum in August. Now they’re accepting limited reservations for opening week of Sara (98 Portland St.), “Rasa’s sister restaurant,” today.

Bloordale has a new watering hole. Say hello to Seoul Shakers (1241 Bloor St. W.).

You have to make resos to attend Slate Restaurant & Bar’s (2237 Queen St. E.) sneak peek event taking place until Friday. 

The second Thor Espresso Bar premiered in Spaces Queen West Event Space (180 John St.) earlier this week. 

“Innovative Euro-Asian bakery” 7Baker (3 Wellesley St. W.) is offering 15 per cent off purchases until Sunday to celebrate opening week.

CLOSED

Campo Food Hall (433 King St W.) has been reimagined just a year after opening. It’s now Labora Restaurant and Bar by Chef Rob Bragagnolo. Previously, Labora was one of a few venues occupying the space, but the restaurant now occupies the full 3000+ square feet.

H2 Kitchen (204 Queen St. W.) is on the move less than a year after opening. They’ve left Queen West and are looking for a new space. Stay tuned. 

Oak Island (121 Ossington Ave.) has a “For Lease” sign in the window. 

Smoke Signals Bar-B-Q (1242 Dundas St. W.) shockingly shuttered this weekend, but will still offer catering.

This weekend was the last for Three Hands (1532 Dundas St. W.). 

EVENTS 

Head to Toronto Pumpkinfest this weekend.

Get tickets now for George Brown College Centre for Hospitality and Culinary Arts epic event, “In Conversation with Magnus Nilsson,” happening November 6.

All proceeds of Empty Bowls taking place October 11, go to Anishnawbe Health Toronto, a “culture-based native center committed to changing lives through traditional healing practices.” 

Cookbook lovers, get your tickets now for Canada's Table: A Celebration of Cookbooks on October 13.

Have you made reservations for Restuarants for Change on October 17 yet?

For the month of October, this award-winning restaurant is offering up some of its favourite dishes as part of #SummerhillxRestoPopUp at Summerhill Market.

NEWS

There was a celebration of iconic chef Albert Schnell’s life and legacy.

Deli sandwiches are to blame for the most recent Listeria infection at Druxy’s Princess Margaret Cancer Centre location.

“Bitcoin ransom” was the demand from hackers cyber attack on a line of Canadian chain restaurants.

Nohonhon Tea Room was set to open on Dundas West, but a  storefront isn’t happening after all.

Congratulations to Mulberry Bar (#2), Paris Paris (#6), and Godspeed Brewery (#7) for making Air Canada enRoute Canada’s Best New Bars.

“Wheatless and meatless” chain Kupfert & Kim has expanded with a location in Montreal (407 Rue Notre-Dame West).

Is this the next pizza trend we can expect to hit Toronto?

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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 – writerscramp@stephaniedickison.com.