Open/Closed: Toronto Restaurant News September 26 – October 2, 2019
As you’ll see from this week’s 18 arrivals, it’s not so much about independents launching; lately it’s all about the expansion of established eateries.
And oh, the closures. Get ready. It’s a doozy this week.
Here’s the very latest:
Doors opened Saturday for Boba Boy (368 Broadview Ave.) in East Chinatown. Currently serving up bubble tea and desserts (tiramisu, macarons), expect swish coffees and Asian fusion fare to be ready for service by next week.
The Combine Eatery on Danforth debuted in 2011 and shuttered Q1 of last year. The Combine Reboot (162 Danforth Ave.) is baaaaack, as its name denotes. This time ‘round, expect dinner items such as Fried Chicken Sandwich ($18), Beyond Meat Bolognese ($16), Shrimp and Salami Malfada ($18), and Classic 6oz Burger ($20), with brunch on Sundays.
Cocktail bar Daisy (563 Queen St. W.) has taken over what was once popular watering hole, Rush Lane & Co.
The Good Fork (1550 Dundas St. W.) recently relocated, leaving behind Bloor West for Dundas West. The new digs in Brockton Village comes with drool-inducing brunch and dinner items: Stuffed Eggplant ($12), Lemon Fried Chicken ($15), and Crispy Lamb Nuggets ($14), for instance.
Grillies (149 Dundas St. E.) commences service in the Garden District (Dundas & Jarvis) today.
AYCE Japanese BBQ just landed at Dundas & Bay, by way of restaurant group Gyubee Japanese Grill (157 Dundas St. W.).
Mississauga will soon have a contemporary pub, thanks to Jester's Gastropub (1107 Lorne Park Rd.). Doors open Tuesday.
Snack bar Kintori Yakitori (668 Bloor St. W., 2nd Floor) has returned to its previous digs, this time with Chef Masanori Miura at the charcoal grill. The newest addition to the Kinka Family restaurant group comes with an array of authentic bamboo skewers, premium tapas [Yaki Onigri (grilled rice ball), Asari (clam) Ramen], Japanese cocktails, and selection of rotating local craft beer. Doors open Saturday.
Raw fish lovers have a new destination: North Poké at Richmond Adelaide Centre’s (120 Adelaide St. W.) food court.
Walkers Line and Dundas just got a Pita Boss (1566 Bloor St. W.).
The sixth location of Pizzeria Via Mercanti (2075 Yonge St.) lands where Coquine Restaurant used to be.
Somun Superstar (998 Kingston Rd.) may be a bit off the beaten path, but something tells me this Bosnian bread, baked fresh daily in wood-fired oven, will be worth the trip. Enjoy it on its own, stuffed with sandwich fixins (i.e. fried eggs & kale salad, ćevapčići sausages) or cut into wedges served with crème fraîche with plum butter. Doors open today.
True True Italian Diner (169 King St. E.), the new concept taking over from True True Pizza, features a “culinary exploration of Italy and beyond,” with Chef Suzanne Barr (Avling Brewery, Saturday Dinette) crafting the menu.
Amber (119 Yorkville Ave.) nightclub is calling it quits this weekend, after a staggering 20 years.
Bar Altura (571 Queen St. W.) says “Arrivederci” to their Italian vision, soon to be replaced with “a new snack bar concept with dishes from Kay Pacha,” their Peruvian outpost on St. Clair West.
After 30 years, Broadview Bakery and Deli (728 Queen St. E.) has shuttered. They thanked the neighbourhood for its support with messages of gratitude written by hand on the windows.
Queen Street West has been the home of La Hacienda (640 Queen St. W.) for over 30 years. They close for good at the end of the month.
There’s a bailiff’s business card stuffed into the door jam at M’Eat Resto Butcher (806 Queen St. E.).
The last day of service for Porchetta & Co.’s first location (825 Dundas St. W.) is Saturday. The remaining three locations remain open.
Portland Variety (587 King St. W.) concludes service after five-and-a-half years this Saturday.
Suki Japanese Restaurant (48 St Clair Ave. E.) is all papered up, with new concept On The Stick soon to take over.
Toronto Oktoberfest takes over Ontario Place this weekend.
How much fried chicken can you eat at once? You’re about to find out at The Fried Chicken Fest this weekend.
According to New Food Magazine, “Canada’s largest kosher meat plants, Ryding-Regency Meat Packers, a Toronto-based company, have had their licenses suspended.”
There have been a rash of restaurant break-ins this summer, with a recent surge in The Junction.
If you’re old enough to have watched The Beachcombers, you might be interested in purchase this restaurant.
After reading this, maybe tortilla throwing is in your future.
Meat-lovers rejoice: The Telegraph reports that based on research by Johns Hopkins University (JHU), consuming some meat is better than being full-on vegetarian.
McDonald’s is getting in on the Beyond Meat game.
Canada is getting Postmates!!!! Stay tuned…
Did you know Canis Restaurant is Feast On Certified?
Get a sneak peek of new tasting restaurant Ést.
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