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

Nov 28 2019, 7:03 pm

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

Here’s what’s up in the city’s food scene right now.

Just Opened

  • Chantecler Boucherie has reopened following a fire that shuttered the restaurant last week. The main eatery remains closed for the time being.
  • Blackbird Baking Co.’s second location has opened at 635 Queen Street East, offering the Riverside neighbourhood boule loaves and croissants of buttery glory.
  • The team behind Mamakas Taverna and Agora has opened Bar Koukla, an intimate Greek snack bar tucked away at 88 Ossington Avenue.
  • Hush Hush Bar is now serving up drinks and secrets at 2952 Dundas Street West, Friday to Sunday, from 8 pm ’til late.
  • Hamers Coffee is slingin’ caffeine at 870 Dundas Street West… and sandwiches are coming soon!
  • Treat yourself to coffee and yoga in one spot at AM Coffee Studio, now open at 2233 Dundas Street West.

Opening Soon

  • Something called Añejo looks to be taking over the north-east corner of King and Portland, where Bier Markt used to be.
  • Strange Love is opening a new location inside the Beverley Hotel at 335 Queen Street West.
  • Ruby Soho Bar, described as a “relaxed neighbourhood bar and eatery,” is ultra close to moving into the space at 587 King Street West, where Portland Variety used to live.

Our Top Picks

Bar Koukla


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Inspired by the Mezzedopolion bars found along the streets of Athens and Thessaloniki, Bar Koukla offers a casual, intimate setting for snacking. A space where traditional touches merge effortlessly with contemporary design, you can tuck into meze plates, raw seafood flown in from Aegean, all-natural Greek bio-dynamic wines, and a carefully curated variety of cocktails.

Address: 88 Ossington Street
Phone: 416-519-5996


Chantecler Boucherie


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As the rest of the eatery recovers from a fire that tore through its address last week, Chantecler’s butcher counter is back up and running, and offering some new bites! Stop in to support the business as it brings itself back to its feet, and tuck into a meatball crepinette hoagie while you’re at it.

Address: 1320 Queen Street West


Blackbird Baking Co.


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This beloved bakery has opened on Queen East, bringing the Riverside neighbourhood boule loaves and croissants of buttery glory. The spot’s original location is still going hard in Kensington Market, serving customers who line up out the door on weekends and shop the shelves bare before the day is done. Popular choices include any of the many types of sourdough loaves, baguettes, and custardy canelés… making it the perfect place to stop whether you’re looking for lunch, a snack, or dessert.

Address: 635 Queen Street East


Last Call

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

  • Parkdale’s Chantecler is temporarily closed following a three alarm fire that ripped through the restaurant’s address last week. The spot’s boucherie, however, is up and running.
  • Drake’s Pick 6ix Sports is closed indefinitely.
  • Known as a reliable spot for authentic Italian in the Yorkville neighbourhood, L’Unità is gearing up to close on New Year’s Eve after 12 years serving the city.

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