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

Oct 31 2019, 11:20 am

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

  • Now serving at 81 Huron Street, Lait Night Cafe is open all hours of the day, offering up bubble tea, coffee, and sweet treats including Daifuku.
  • Inspired by regional French flavours, Lapinou is a neo-bistro and wine bar now open to 642 King Street West.
  • A spot called Lobby opened at 1032 Queen Street West on October 25.
  • Queen West just got a new place to party, because Cold Tea opened the doors to its new location this weekend. Find it at 1186, where Brooklynn Bar used to be.
  • OneZo Tapioca is now open in Vaughan Mills at 3175 Rutherford Road, which means one TTC ride will take you straight to all the boba you desire.
  • After nearly 20 years on Adelaide Street, Hy’s Steakhouse and Cocktail Bar has officially relocated to 365 Bay Street, at the corner of Richmond.
  • Now open at 363 1/2 Clinton Street, Grandmama’s Waffles is serving up the greatest dessert-breakfast item you know.
  • Neo Coffee Bar will be serving up free cups of joe to the first 50 customers who visit the shop’s new location at 770 Bay Street, Unit 3, on November 8.

Opening Soon

  • Hey Sugar will celebrate its opening at 3278 Midland Avenue, Unit D116, with free drinks for the first 100 customers from Friday to Sunday.
  • Long-awaited Italian marketplace Eataly is set to open in the Manulife Centre, located near Bloor-Yonge, on November 13. For a peek inside, look here.
  • Christmas-themed booze hub Miracle Bar will be returning to the city this fall, taking over 146 Ossington Avenue starting on November 25.
  • And sister to Miracle Bar, Sippin’ Santa will take over Project Gigglewater at 1369 Dundas Street West from November 25 to December 26.
  • KitKat has revealed that it’s permanent Canadian flagship “Chocolatory,” will open on November 14, in Yorkdale mall, across from newly-opened by CHLOE.
  • Born in Leslieville and ready to take on the west end, laid-back local eatery The Green Wood is bringing sustainably sourced wholesome food to 461 King Street West in November.
  • Putting a spin on classic comfort food, Lobster Burger Bar is coming to 214 King Street West.
  • IHOP, AKA the International House of Pancakes, AKA the major pranksters, are gearing up to open not one, not two, but 15 locations across the GTA in the next seven years.

Our Top Picks

Lait Night Cafe

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There’s little doubt that bubble tea is one of the greatest treats around… and the only way to improve it is to make it accessible to you, 24-hours a day. You’re in luck, because Lait Night Cafe is here to do just that. Now serving at 81 Huron Street, the new shop is open all hours of the day, offering up bubble tea, coffee, and sweet treats including Daifuku.

Address: 81 Huron Street, Toronto

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Neo Coffee Bar

Neo Coffee Bar / Instagram

The modern Japanese inspired bakery and café is known and beloved for its wide range of imported Japanese coffee and matcha, house-made roll cakes, Neo Chouz cream puffs, sandwiches, muffins, and cookies. And in addition to the classics, you’ll be able to get your hands on health-oriented gluten-free and vegan options, too.

Address:  770 Bay Street, Unit 3

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Hy’s Steakhouse and Cocktail Bar

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After nearly 20 years on Adelaide Street, Hy’s Steakhouse and Cocktail Bar has officially relocated to 365 Bay Street, at the corner of Richmond. The restaurant’s first location opened on Richmond Street in 1970, before moving to Adelaide in 1999. Now, the spot has (almost) returned home. The new 18,000-sq-ft space welcomes the establishment into its 65th year of operation, building on Hy’s classic menu and tableside experience with the addition of an expanded bar and lounge program.

Address: 365 Bay Street

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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.

  • Known across the city for attracting both Tom Hanks and Ryan Gosling during consecutive TIFF runs, Grinder Coffee closed its doors on October 27.
  • Grand Electric’s Trinity Bellwoods location is set to shutter in November, but the owners have something new in-store.
  • Dundas West’s lovable Unlovable has announced that it’ll be closing its doors after a final service (read: party) tonight, October 31.