“After 18 years of business it is time for change,” chef Anthony Rose wrote in an Instagram post, announcing that restaurants Rose and Sons and Big Crow are closing.
The chef wrote a long and heartfelt caption explaining that this isn’t goodbye forever, but that what comes next will be something different.
In the explanation, Rose compares the restaurant business to love, closing up a spot to heartbreak, and running an eatery to art.
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“Don’t you ever get tired of doing the same thing everyday day in and day out. Don’t you get tired as an artist of painting the same nude or landscape or portrait constantly?” he wrote, before answering his own question with: “Well we certainly do.”
And in wanting to experience something new and different for themselves, those behind the scenes are gearing up to offer something different for guests.
“There is a story in here, and it is a deep story of the dining scene in Toronto. Restaurants are closing left right and centre. We are closing but we are reinventing ourselves to something bigger and better and more interesting to us and for you,” Rose wrote.
He shared that the last service at Big Crow will be October 6, and that starting on October 3, Rose and Sons will be recreating classics.
“Ours and your favourite dishes,” he wrote.
So make sure you swing over to 176 Dupont Street in the next few days to get your fill.
And watch this space to see what comes next.
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Hi Guys It is with heavy heart but excited spirits that I tell you today that Rose and Sons and Big Crow is closing. This is not goodbye however. After 18 years of business it is time for change. From the beginning we have poured our hearts into these restaurants. From Pork Fried Rice and Patty Melts, to DR. Pepper Bacon and JW Chicken, we have seen the gamut. There is a story in here, and it is a deep story of the dining scene in Toronto. Restaurants are closing left right and centre. We are closing but we are reinventing ourselves to something bigger and better and more interesting to us and for you. I am a lover at heart. A deep and sensitive, generous and caring lover. I fall in love, I go through the thralls of immersive glorious good times, followed by hard times and heartbreak and then I do it all over again. Some people never have Love or Heartbreak. I have it all and then more. How very lucky I am. All my restaurants are my loves. Through the inception to the running of them, to the successes and constant ups and downs. It is all so very personal. My greatest loves are those that fail. I learn so much more from the heartbreak than anything else. I will love again and it will be deep, I know no other way. I have more love to give and Robert and myself are not even close to done. Don’t you ever get tired of doing the same thing everyday day in and day out. Don’t you get tired as an artist of painting the same nude or landscape or portrait constantly? Well we certainly do. As Rose and Sons and Big Crow closes we make room for a new restaurant, a sweeter lover and a more spectacular piece of art. I am heart broken again, but only for the chance to love again. I will wait patiently to be in the energy of your sweet embrace and the presence of your smile once more. And I bid you goodnight. As of this Thursday the 3rd of October. To celebrate 18 years of Rose and Sons we will be recreating the classics – ours and your favourite dishes. Please come in over the next month or so and enjoy a bite and a martini with us. The last service of Big Crow will be this Sunday October the 6th. We could not have loved with out you, our glorious patr