This week in food: Toronto restaurant openings, closings, and our top picks

Aug 27 2019, 1:27 pm

This round-up spotlights Toronto’s newest restaurant and bar openings, upcoming closings, plus some special spots that should be on your radar.

Here what’s up in Toronto’s food scene right now:

Just Opened

  • Ryus Noodle Bar is now open at 699 Queen Street West, and the spot is shelling out free ramen on August 28 to celebrate.
  • Jollibee is coming to 1 Promenade Circle this fall, and with the recent change in weather… that’s feeling awfully close.
  • Today / Tonight has opened up shop at 1704 Queen Street West, taking over where Dumbo Snack Bar used to be.
  • Bar Isabel alumni’s Queen West wine and snack bar, Piquette, is now open at 1084 Queen Street West.
  • Bar Ape is collaborating with Ace Hill for the rest of the summer at 915 Queen West, across from Trinity Bellwoods. It’s on Saturdays and Sundays from 1 pm to 9 pm, and is cash-only.
  • You can now find a Do Well Sandwiches pop-up at The Shore Leave at 1775 Danforth Avenue, with fierce glutenous treats on vacation.

See also:

Opening Soon

  • Chick-fil-A is gearing up to open its doors any day now at 1 Bloor Street East.
  • LOV, Montreal’s beloved, highly-Instagrammable, all-vegan restaurant, is soon to open a location at 620 King West, near Portland.
  • A spot called Laera Bakery, which currently does pop-ups, is slated to open on Queen West before the year is through.
  • Many more noodles will be available at Union Station when Sansotei Ramen arrives.

Our Top Picks


The opening menu includes Pâté en Croûte Richelieu. (John Cullen)

Under the direction of Grant van Gameren, the opening menu of small dishes is kept simple and fresh at this wine and snack bar, showcasing charcuterie from Scott Draper — local charcutier — alongside dishes by van Gameren himself. Plus, there are more than 80 labels of vino on rotation.

Address: 1084 Queen Street West


Bar Ape x Ace Hill


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Open Saturdays and Sundays beside Sam James Coffee Bar, this is a central spot to taste some of the best gelato the city has to offer. With bright and brilliant flavour combinations on rotation, and vegan options always available, everyone will find something to love here. Don’t bring cash, they won’t take it.

Address: 915 Queen Street West


Do Well


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Popping up at The Shore Leave, this is the place to get your hands on some fierce and creative handhelds. Love a Reuben but don’t love the heavy feeling you get after downing stacks on stacks of meat? Give the kale-filled version this spot’s slingin’ a go.

Address: 1775 Danforth Avenue


Last Call

It’s coming up to closing time on these establishments. You don’t have to go home, but you can’t stay here.

  • It’s coming up to the end for Harry’s at 160 Springhurst Avenue in Parkdale; the iconic eatery’s last day is October 5.
  • Golden Gecko shared on Instagram that they’ll be shuttering their Gladstone Avenue location on August 30.

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