There’s a lot going on in restaurants right now. So much so, it’s impossible to keep up (this coming from someone who does it 24/7).
In between the frenzy of openings and closings, a slew of unique news stories often go unnoticed. They may not make the headlines , but they’re fascinating nonetheless.
Check out this month’s roundup of resto news you likely didn’t read elsewhere:
1. Iqbal Halal Foods (2 Thorncliffe Park Dr.) is selling the Rotimatic, the world’s first fully integrated solution that measures, mixes, kneads, flattens, cooks, and puffs up fresh rotis in just minutes. It’s gonna cost you though. $$$$
2. Does it get any better than dogs and beer? Nope. Which is why you need to get to Leslieville’s new dog-friendly craft brewery Black Lab Brewing (818 Eastern Ave.) ASAP.
3. Catching a Leafs or Raptors game at Scotiabank Arena (40 Bay St.) and want to nosh? Visit the stadium’s new and only COR certified kosher food stall Bay St. Deli, brought you by the owner of EDO-ko (425 Spadina Rd.).
4. Did you know Toronto is tops when it comes to booze experts? Sake sommelier Michael Tremblay of ki modern Japanese + bar (181 Bay St.) is a legit “Sake Samurai,” Jennifer Huether was Canada’s first female Master Sommelier, and the only Master Cicerone® (beer sommelier) in Toronto is Mirella Amato. Cheers!
5. If you prefer to pay for your meal with cryptocurrency, you’re in luck. A number of Toronto restaurants now accept digital-currency as payment including: Figures (Bitcoin), Kibo Sushi (T.O.S.), and BTZ by Bunz is honoured at a number of breweries and coffee shops around town.