RIP list: 107 Toronto restaurants that closed in 2019
It’s was end of a decade, but the start of an age, and these Toronto restaurants weren’t destined to be a part of it.
This year-end recap rounds up all the Toronto restaurants that have closed in 2019.
From beloved spots that’ll we’ll mourn forever, to flashes in the pan we almost missed entirely, here are 107 Toronto restaurants that shuttered over the last year.
Parts & Labour
This iconic hangout technically made it through 2018… but they were officially done on January 1. Breaking hearts and taking names.
Shuttered its doors without much word. Officially closed up shop end of January.
This beloved uptown spot hosted its last service on March 6.
Sweet a la Mode
This Stockyards staple has served up their last batch of pastries.
Home of the Brave
This King West hub closed its doors for good this winter.
This Moroccan spot on Dupont Street closed its doors on March 16.
Chef Hiro Yoshida announced that his restaurant would close in February due to his retirement.
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Rosen’s Cinnamon Buns
This spot closed up their College Street shop to work on developing frozen buns, which can be bought and baked at home from The Night Baker.
This Kensington spot closed “due to a variety of factors and circumstances.”
This hand-rolled sushi spot wasn’t on Ossington for long, but it was loved by those who got the chance to try it.
Sweet Addictions Candy Co.
This sweet spot closed their doors on Dundas and relocated to Mississauga.
This caffeine hub in Liberty Village didn’t open its doors due to an obstacle encountered
with the structural compliance of the building.
This booming Queen West cocktail bar announced its closing in January, finishing their Instagram caption with “until we meet again!”
This French spot at Dupont and Spadina closed up shop amid the frigid days.
Bar Lisa Marie
This beloved Queen West spot shuttered in the spring.
This Spadina Avenue spot has been replaced by Lazy Bones Snack Bar.
The closed doors at this Church Street piano bar mean you’ll need to enjoy music and booze elsewhere.
This College Street spot has been converted into a Beerocracy location, serving ample brews and Tuesday night comedy.
Yeah Yeahs Pizza
This Summerhill spot closed to make room for additional Boxcar Social seating.
Pacific Park Social
Paninis, salads, espresso, gelato and pastries are no longer at this cozy Junction hangout.
Potbelly Yonge Street
This retro-style sandwich spot has been replaced by a new Basil Box location.
Animal Liberation Kitchen
This vegan spot shuttered its Queen East location, but has since re-opened in new digs at 100 Broadview Avenue.
Hy’s Steakhouse and Cocktail Bar
New York steaks, a lengthy wine list and high ceilings are no longer found on Adelaide, but this spot has re-opened close to it’s original home.
Little Italy’s Doma has shuttered to make way for “something exciting.”
Aft Kitchen and Bar
This east-side spot closed after five years, with the promise that something new is to come that’ll feature cocktails and BBQ.
This Leslieville spot is permanently closed, but Spring 2020 will see something new from the folks behind it.
After nearly 10 years serving the Trinity Bellwoods neighbourhood, beloved Italian restaurant at 832 Dundas Street West plated its final pasta.
The Thirsty Duck
The beloved establishment at 972 Queen Street East closed up shop, citing a rent increase as the reason.
This gluten-free and vegan spot, previously located at 1726 Avenue Road, is no longer.
The end of December will see the end of days for this Moss Park staple.
This Greek eatery closed up their 1405 Queen West shop to make way for Clove Apple Cafe.
This Bloor West eatery has officially shuttered.
This east-end fried chicken hub announced and executed its closure at 722 Queen Street East in the spring.
Only a little over a year after opening, this phone-free snack bar in Parkdale closed its doors at 1704 Queen Street West.
After 10 years on Queen West, Arepa Café closed its doors. “A success coming to an end, and we are celebrating a great project,” it’s written on the eatery’s website.
Gloria Espresso Bar & Cafe
This Roncesvalles coffee shop is no longer.
Katz’s Deli shuttered its doors at 3300 Dufferin Street, after 49 years of serving delicious food to the neighbourhood. Yeesh.
This pasta-slingin’ eatery is no longer at 80 Western Battery Road in Liberty Village, but they’re seeking a new location. Watch this space.
This restaurant, serving up Indigenous fare, is no longer at 581 Mt. Pleasant Road. But they’re planning to open a new location that’s more central.
The Wild Pigeon
This Etobicoke spot is no longer wildin’.
This eatery, previously in North York, has closed up shop. It may be converting into something called Sweet Bites, by the looks of Instagram.
Chopstick on Bloor
Chopstick is no longer on Bloor. Or anywhere else, for that matter.
Call a Chicken
You can no longer call a chicken on Queen West – the spot closed up shop after less than a year.
This cozy, bare-brick hangout, serving in saucy Korean-style fried chicken beer and cocktails, closed up its 500 Queen Street West shop.
Jack Astor’s – St. Lawrence Market
The popular eatery has been replaced by Duke’s Refresher.
Starbucks – Cabbagetown
The neighbourhood’s only Starbucks, at the corner of Parliament and Aberdeen, served up its final cappuccino this spring.
Cookie Martinez at Market 707
The Market 707 location of this eatery has shuttered, but you can still get your fill of yum eats and insects on Dupont Street.
Through Being Cool Vegan Baking Co.
Another vegan spot that survived spring but didn’t get to know summer: a post shared to Instagram says that while it was “an extremely difficult decision,” the bakery would shutter on June 30.
Citing ongoing construction on Eglinton as the cause, this gastropub’s midtown location is no more.
“As I’m writing this post, tears are flowing and there are a lot of them,” the closing-announcement reads, before citing the need for some self-care as the reason behind the closure of this 1115 Castlefield Avenue spot.
Woodfire Sandwich Co.
This Etobicoke sandwich shop at 3797 Lakeshore Boulevard has morphed into an ice cream shop, now called The Loop Creamery.
This iconic delicatessen shuttered on December 1, after 47 years in business.
This cute little sweet spot, previously located at 235 Spadina Avenue, is now extinct. Which means the same fate for its unicorn lattes.
TIO’s Urban Mexican
“All good things come to an end” — including this spicy midtown spot.
Coq of the Walk
No longer in the middle of Little Italy, this spot walked away from its original 488 College Street location. But it’s headed somewhere new! Watch this space.
Away Kitchen + Cafe
This vegan spot’s College Street location is longer.
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.
This vegan eatery closed up shop on June 23. By the same folks, Avelo is now open downtown.
This King and Dufferin staple shuttered over the summer, leaving Parkdale missing their roti.
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.
This uptown eatery is no longer, as of early September.
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 has settled into a new spot on the corner of Dundas West and Sheraton.
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.
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 aimed to relocate 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.
This Baldwin Village gem served up its final un-seafood dish this summer, to many a vegan’s disappointment.
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.
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.
This little eatery slingin’ Aussie meat pies has closed their Duncan Street location. No more flaky pies in the Entertainment District.
This Danforth Avenue pizza and spaghetti house closed in August, after 53 years.
The announcement came in the summertime; The Gabardine only got to know the first inkling of fall before shuttering after nearly nine years in the financial district.
Grand Electric Trinity Bellwoods
This spot shuttered only to have a new all-vegan taco spot, by the same owners, open in its place mere months later. The reason? Sustainability.
Technically surviving 2019, this spot’s last hurrah will be New Year’s Eve.
Sorelle and Co. Yorkville
This gluten-free, nut-free, soy-free, sesame-free, and vegan café and bakeshop is no longer.
Ruby Soho Bar, described as a “relaxed neighbourhood bar and eatery,” will soon take over the space at 587 King Street West.
Schmaltz Appetizing Ossington
This Dundas and Ossington bagel joint shuttered to be replaced by a taco spot called Gordy Smiles, also by Chef Anthony Rose.
Rose & Sons, Big Crow
Chef Anthony Rose was busy this year, also swapping out Rose & Sons and Big Crow for a new project called The Grand Elvis.
Speaking of swap-outs: Grant van Gameren’s Harry’s Charbroiled shuttered in the fall, but staff of the original Harry’s re-opened the spot under the name Originals Dining Lounge. Meta.
This Parkdale spot is temporarily closed following a three alarm fire that ripped through the restaurant’s address.
Pick 6ix Sports
This Drake-affiliated restaurant closed due to flooding — or unpaid rent — or perhaps a combination of both.
The Spoke Club
After more than 14 years serving members in Toronto’s downtown core, this spot will close — albeit temporarily — after New Year’s Eve for a full venue renovation.
This Roncesvalles spot has shuttered.
This refreshing spot’s 652 Queen Street West location is now closed.
Rag Doll Eatery
“You gotta live like you’re on vacation,” – KISS, and, apparently, this spot… which is on a permanent vacay.
Those who love restaurants with a little je ne sais quoi are going to need to find a new spot to brunch, because this spot will celebrate its final night of service this New Year’s Eve.
On New Year’s Eve, 3 Brewers will close four locations across the GTA, leaving only the Yonge Street and Oakville restaurants in operation.
A fire has forced this restaurant to close until further notice, but they’re working towards reopening.
Bier Markt King West
The space at 600 King West hasn’t been empty long, but a new Mexican joint has already popped up. The neighbourhood awaits the opening of Añejo.
Known across the city for attracting both Tom Hanks and Ryan Gosling during consecutive TIFF runs, this spot closed its doors on October 27.
Bean and Baker Malt Shop
This old-fashioned eatery’s last day of service will be December 24, Christmas Eve.
Dundas West’s lovable joint closed its doors for good following a final Halloween service.
This spot shuttered and underwent major renovations. Dropping “diner” from its name, Mythology is now a “resto-bar.”
The Thompson Diner
This spot will close permanently after New Year’s Eve, as the hotel undergoes a major makeover.
King and Dufferin McDonald’s
The city’s most infamous McDonald’s location shuttered in the fall.
PORCHETTA & Co.
This eatery’s original Dundas West location closed up shop in late September.
This relaxed hangout closed after 19 years on Queen Street West. The end of an era.