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

Dec 18 2019, 10:49 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

  • The Butcher Chef has opened its doors at 8 Harbour Street on December 17, serving steak and seafood, plus fine wine.
  • Located across from the well-known Much Digital Studios at Queen and John Streets, the space with the Queen Live Fresh Food Market signage is looking at change.
  • According to a spokesperson, the city can expect to see 12 more Carlo’s Bake Shop Cake Boss ATMs arrive in early 2020.
  • Mere months after Harry’s Charbroiled shuttered in Parkdale, the restaurant is open again, under new ownership and with a new name.
  • Newly-opened Annex Market is currently running out of 718 Bathurst Street, offering both pickup and delivery.
  • Butter Chicken Roti has opened up a new restaurant location at 213 Queen Street South in Mississauga.
  • Barocco X Nino, now open at 974 College Street, is a collaboration between artisanal Canadian coffee roaster Barocco and Nino D’Aversa, an Italian bakery and trattoria with locations across the suburban GTA.

Opening Soon

  • Serving Modern Kyo-Kaiseki Japanese food, Hana will open at 102 Yorkville Avenue on January 17.
  • Back by popular demand, Casa Loma will be offering a traditional afternoon tea service on February 1, 2, 8, and 9, as part of Winterlicious.
  • From December 20 to 22, Belfast Love will be celebrating its first Holiday Patio Market pop-up party in downtown Toronto.
  • Le Beau Patisserie is gearing up to open inside Unit 7 at 665 Dundas Street East soon. Within a couple of weeks soon, according to Instagram.
  • Sugar Shack has announced that in March, it’ll be returning to Toronto’s waterfront. This means that regardless of what’s going on with the weather right now, warmer days are indeed on their way.
  • The second Jollibee location in this year’s previously announced trio of openings will start serving its signature eats at 1 Promenade Circle, Vaughan, on December 20.

Our Top Picks

The Butcher Chef


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Welcoming guests into the space at 8 Harbour street, the restaurant offers fresh eats from the sea, prime cuts of beef, and an impressive selection of wines to pair with meals.

Anticipate a luxe atmosphere, featuring gold accents paired with marble surfaces and crystal chandeliers.

Serving as the ideal place to meet with friends for a holiday meal — or a spot to connect once the seasonal buzz has died down — this new restaurant is poised to quickly become a hub for indulgence.

Address: 8 Harbour Street
Phone: 416-223-2250


Barocco X Nino


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The coffee bar offers espresso, cappuccinos, americanos and lattes, alongside matcha, nitro cold brew, hot chocolate, and more. Milk options include regular, homogenized, almond, and oat.

Pastry offerings range from rugelach and Sicilian cannoli to mini cheesecakes and tiramisu.

Plus, the spot has a bread wall from which you can select your pick from a variety of carb-loaded indulgences. We’re talking anything from cornbread to sourdough to ciabatta with hot peppers.

Address: 974 College Street
Phone: 416-901-9974


Miracle Bar


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While some people easily find their Christmas cheer, others struggle to feel merry and bright during the holiday season. Miracle gets it. That’s the magic. Inspired by quirky office Christmas parties, the halls will be decked with kitschy Christmas decor. This coming weekend will be your last chance of the year to dress in your most festive gear and sip on seasonal cocktails — don’t miss out.

Address: 146 Ossington Avenue


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.

  • The Toronto Christmas Market, currently thriving in the Distillery District, will have its last day of the season on Sunday, December 22.
  • Many of the city’s holiday-themed bars are celebrating their final nights in the upcoming weekend. Don’t miss your chance to get holly and jolly!
  • Tequila Bookworm has announced that after “27! (28?)” years on the strip, it’ll shutter in January due to rent increase.
  • After more than 14 years serving members in Toronto’s downtown core, The Spoke Club will close — albeit temporarily — on January 1 for a full venue renovation.
  • On New Year’s Eve, 3 Brewers will close four locations across the GTA, leaving only the Yonge Street and Oakville restaurants in operation.
  • Those who love restaurants with a little je ne sais quoi are going to need to find a new spot to brunch, because La Société will celebrate its final night of service this New Year’s Eve.
  • 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.