Open/Closed: Toronto Restaurant News Feb 28 – March 6, 2019

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There’s a lot to catch up on this week, including a slew of big closures.  

Here’s the very latest:


Roncey just got a bagel and vegan cream cheese destination: AM Bagel (53 Roncesvalles Ave.) by Bryce Taylor-Vaisey, owner of Penny Candy Jam.  

Winter seems a little less harsh with Taiwanese tea and noodles in hand. Head to Awas Tea Noodle (307 Spadina Ave.) for Spicy Beef Noodle Soup and fine loose teas.

Pour Boy (583 College St.) is now Beerocracy. Brought to you by the same owners, look for new branding, menu items, and rotating beers.

Market 63 by Coppa’s (1 York St., 2nd Fl.) debuted Tuesday. The new grocery store by Coppa’s Fresh Market features mainly fresh and prepared items, ideal for people on the go.

After a short closure, Quetzal (419 College St.) reopens Tuesday.

Shamrock Bowl & Restobar (280 Coxwell Ave.) is set to open doors today. The oldest five pin bowling alley in Toronto features eight lanes, and includes a new restobar complete with booze, European sandwiches, and döner kebabs. 


Sunday is the final day to get your John A. McDonald and other faves by Big House Pizza (962 Danforth Ave.). However, the seven-year run may not be over – a new location hasn’t been ruled out. Stay tuned.

Copetin (107 King St. E.) is currently closed.

Emerson (1279 Bloor St. W.) is closed for renovations. In the meantime, you can head to their sister spot, Sugo (1281 Bloor St. W.) right next door.

After thirty years, esteemed chef Hiro Yoshida has retired, closing up Hiro Sushi (171 King St. E.) for good.

Kensington Market’s hemp-themed café Jodie’s Joint (225 Augusta Ave.) has shuttered.

Maizal (133 Jefferson Ave.) is currently “not operating” after six years in Liberty Village.

Yutaka Japanese Cuisine (157 Dundas St. W.) has been completely gutted, soon to be transformed into Gyubee Japanese Grill.


Toronto-based ‘Bao’ by animator Domee Shi won an Oscar. If you didn’t feel like dumplings before, you will now.

Toronto council voted on 9am booze sales for brunch this week. Find out the results.


This week, The Spotlight is all about your new winter staple: fondue. Find where to get your hygge on this winter with bubbling hot pots of melted cheese + chocolate now.

There’s a new brunch in town and it’s unlike any other. You won’t find pancakes, bacon, or Nutella anything on the menu here.

This month’s installment of The Feed includes insects, beer yoga, and sexy calamari. 


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