The RIP List: 31 Toronto restaurants that didn't survive summer 2019

Sep 19 2019, 1:42 pm

While many restaurants are pulling out their pumpkin spice recipes and prepping their patios with all-weather heaters, some spots won’t get to enjoy the annual cool-down.

From fancy vegan spots to namesake bars, the city bids adieu to a long list of great eateries over the last few months.

So pour one out for these places that didn’t make it through Summer 2019:

Brooklynn

Brooklynn Bar announced its impending shut-down on Instagram, reminiscing about 10 years of memories before sharing that its last day of service would be June 22, right after the summer solstice.

Awai

This vegan eatery closed up shop on June 23. By the same folks, Avelo is now open downtown.

Island Foods

This King and Dufferin staple shuttered over the summer, leaving Parkdale missing their roti.

Portland Variety

Technically making it through summer, this spot won’t come to know fall. “Our final service will be on Saturday, September 28,” reads an Instagram post, before offering eternal thanks to patrons for support through 2019, which was “difficult for the entire Portland family.”

Superpoint Express

This pizza-slingin’ eatery has shuttered its doors at 269 Dunn Avenue.

Dogs & Coffee

The pup-friendly cafe Dogs & Coffee, located at 616 Queen Street West, closed almost a year to the day after celebrating its grand opening.

Cava

This uptown eatery is no longer, as of early September.

Cadillac Lounge

The news came out in a to-the-point Instagram post, with a caption that read “Last Day of the Cadillac Lounge is July 14th.”

Through Being Cool Vegan Baking Co.

A post shared to Instagram said that while it was “an extremely difficult decision,” the bakery would close up shop on June 30.

Camarra’s Pizza

This eatery shuttered after serving Toronto for nearly 62 years.

Olympic 76 Pizza

This Gloucester Street institution closed in July as a construction project was set to take over its space.

Golden Gecko Café

This eatery shuttered its Gladstone Avenue location, but the one on Lansdowne lives on.

Fred’s Not Here and The Red Tomato

These King West establishments shuttered in late August, after more than 31 years.

The Good Fork

This spot has moved out of its Bloor West home, but will settle into a new spot on the corner of Dundas West and Sheraton very soon.

Steambox Dumplings

Steambox Dumplings officially closed its Dundas West doors, due to a health crisis.

Julie’s Cuban Restaurant

This adorable eatery shuttered on the last day of August, escaping the chill of September.

The Wheat Sheaf

With an intention to eventually re-open, this spot closed over the summer for major renovations.

Urban Herbivore

This Eaton Centre eatery served up their last meal this summer. The vegan hotspot is no more, but you’ll find their other location in Kensington Market.

Mean Bao Leslieville

This eatery has left their Leslieville home, but will be re-locating only a stone’s throw away at 753A Queen Street East.

Dundas West KFC

The Kentucky Fried Chicken that previously occupied the corner of Dundas West and Grove Avenue has been demolished.

Vegetarian Haven

This Baldwin Village gem served up its final un-seafood dish this summer, to many a vegan’s disappointment.

Cosmic Treats

And this vegan treasure, beloved in Kensington Market, also shuttered.

Track & Field

The popular hangout shared on Instagram early in the summer that they would be out of their basement spot at 860 College on August 3. ‘Twas a sad goodbye.

Pixels and Pints

This Broadview Avenue hangout shuttered less than a year after opening.

Jugemu

This cozy Carlton street spot is no longer, but it was fully booked up for days until close.

Kitson & Co.

This Queen West sandwich joint shuttered recently, much to the neighbourhood’s dismay.

Harry’s Charbroiled

Closing at the very beginning of fall, this popular Parkdale burger spot says the departure is due to rent increases and maintenance cost at their location.

Kanga

This little eatery slingin’ Aussie meat pies has closed their Duncan Street location. No more flaky pies in the Entertainment District.

Gerrard Pizza

This Danforth Avenue pizza and spaghetti house closed in August, after 53 years.

The Gabardine

The announcement came in the summertime; The Gabardine will only come to know the first inkling of fall before shuttering after nearly nine years in the financial district.

Bier Markt King West

The King West outpost of this eatery shuttered in early September.