The RIP LIST: 27 Toronto restaurants that didn't make it through the winter

Mar 13 2019, 5:39 pm

Spring is in the air.

And while most Toronto restaurants rev-up to celebrate the end of winter hibernation and the onset of patio season, it’s already too late for some establishments which closed before winter’s end.

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From short-lived spots to Toronto institutions, pour one out for these now shuttered restaurants.


This Junction spot shuttered its doors in November. No more whole food soul foods, for now.


The restaurant on Elm Street closed in December after the owner announced her retirement and sold the building.

Petit Nuage

The French-patisserie in a shipping container at Market 707 closed for good on Christmas Eve.

Bombay Street Food

This spot, known for bold flavours and affordable prices, closed up just before Christmas time.

The Golden Apple

Six-years in, the confection shop in Liberty Village shuttered its retail operations after Christmas Day.

Peoples Eatery

The beloved Kensington spot held its final dinner service on November 2, and people left with full tummies and sad hearts.

Nota Bene

Chef David Lee is shuttering the doors of Nota Bene on New Year’s Eve with a new Planta project in mind.

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.

The Station

This beloved uptown spot hosted their 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 is closing its doors on March 16.

Hiro Sushi

Chef Hiro Yoshida announced that his restaurant would close in February due to his retirement.

Rosen’s Cinnamon Buns

This spot closed up their College Street shop to work on developing frozen buns, which can soon be bought and baked at home. In their place is The Night Baker.

Jodie’s Joint

This beloved Kensington spot closed in Kensington “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.

Arvo Coffee

This caffeine hub in Liberty Village didn’t open its doors due to an obstacle encountered
with the structural compliance of the building.

Rush Lane

This booming Queen West cocktail bar announced its closing in January, finishing their Instagram caption with “until we meet again!”

Bar Begonia

This French spot at Dupont and Spadina closed up shop amid the frigid days.


The closed doors at this Church Street piano bar mean you’ll need to enjoy music and booze elsewhere.

Pour Boy

This College Street spot has been converted into a Beerocracy location, serving ample brews.

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.

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’s re-opening on Bay Street this summer.

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.