Open/Closed: week of September 13-19, 2018

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A whopping 20 places from A to Z have opened. Which means more closures.

Here’s the very latest: 


Just months after launching Away Kitchen + Café at 680 College St., the vegan eatery has opened a second location (536 Queen St. W.) Bonus: Order plant-based flavours of Death In Venice Gelato here, made in-house.

Live near Warden and Kingston Rd.? There’s a new spot for take-out in the ‘hood: The Barkhouse Grill (1470 Kingston Rd.).

Insta-fave Burgers n’ Fries Forever “softly “launches this weekend at Ossington and Dundas (182 Ossington Ave.). Pay $5 up front to reserve your spot Friday and Saturday night. It’s then credited to your meal, which is 50 per cent off this weekend.

Cafe Bora, the wildly popular dessert chain from Korea with purple sweet potato at the heart of its menu, has “softly” opened in Yorkville (87 Yorkville Ave.). Grand opening is this Saturday. Doors open at 11am.

North York has a new barbecue destination: Chainsmoker Urban Smoked Meats (3513 Bathurst St.)

Looking for somewhere that both you AND your dog can chill? Dogs & Coffee (616 Queen St. W.) has you covered. For the furry ones, there’s “natural health solutions.” For you, there’s coffee, beer, and wine. Win-win.

Oodles of Lanzhou beef noodles have arrived in Leslieville, thanks to Golden Noodle Bar (1024 Gerrard St. E.).

A slew of healthy options are springing up in Etobicoke. The latest - Green Geek Co. (3288 Lake Shore Blvd. W.) – offers smoothies, cold-pressed juices, and nutritious fare.

iQ Food Co moved on up. The swanky new venue at Yorkdale Shopping Centre (3401 Dufferin St.) - their largest to-date - is the mall’s first health-focused, fast casual dine-in eatery.

Chicken lovers, get ready. London Fried Chicken - home of UK-style fried chicken, chicken burgers and chicken wings made with halal, grain-fed Canadian birds – is almost here. Grand opening (2916 Lakeshore Blvd. W.) takes place tomorrow.

Pfft. Nacho Bar (699 Danforth Ave.) doesn’t just serve nachos. The wide-ranging menu includes: Old El Paso Tacos ($11), Pizza Bread ($9), Fried Calamari ($11), Wings ($13), Korean Fried Chicken ($13) and Pulled BBQ Jackfruit Sandos ($13).

Golden Square Centre (4040 Creditview Rd.) in Mississauga is home to 40 specialty shops and restaurants. Newcomer Nian She (Unit 3B) has +120 items on the menu. Start with their specialties - Taiwanese fried chicken and fruit tea - and go from there. 

Noodles of every variety (hand-pulled, hand-shaved, hot, cold, with broth, without) are the main event at Mississauga’s Noodle Me (720 Bristol Rd. W., Unit 2).

Pi Co. continues their ‘za expansion across the city with their latest addy dropping at Queen and Spadina (130 Spadina Ave.).

If being served by a robot excites you, visit North York’s Robo Sushi (865 York Mills Rd., Unit 9).

After long delays, See-Scape Sci-Fi Bar & Gaming Café is throwing a bash tomorrow to celebrate their new location (347 Keele St.).

Siempre Restaurant (348 Front St. W.) has breakfast options galore, including Pink Panther Eggs Benedict ($13.95) and Tutti Frutti Waffle ($11.95).

Omakase has arrived midtown, so get yourself to Yukashi (643A Mount Pleasant Rd.) ASAP.

Whether you’re a home cook or industry, chances are you need a new knife. Head to Zwilling J.A. Henckels inside Square One (100 City Centre Dr., Level 2) for professional blades, shears, cookware, tableware, tools, and more.

The 6ix Jamaican Cuisine (2344 Dufferin St.) offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner specials in addition to the low-priced regular menu.


El Riconcito Mexicano (636 Church St.) was forced to close after three years, due to “construction of a new residential building.”

Just shy of celebrating two years, Revere (804 Danforth Ave.) closed up shop. 

Spoon & Fork Plus (865 York Mills Rd., Unit 9) may have closed, but you can still visit six locations of Spoon & Fork across the GTA. 

Sayōnara Sushi on Gerrard (1024 Gerrard St. E.).


Starting tomorrow until the 22nd, enjoy the suds at Toronto Beer Week.

St. Clair Gardens BIA presents Corn Fest on St. Clair Saturday from noon to 5pm.

Eat your way through Roncesvalles Polish Festival this weekend.

Sunday, head to the Toronto Garlic Festival.

Cider enthusiasts will want to be at City Cider on Sunday afternoon.


Ryan Gosling popped up a few places this week: Grinder Coffee and Summerhill Market.

Congratulations Ryuichiro Takahashi, chef and owner of Ryus Noodle Bar.


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