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The Harbord Room's Cory Vitiello and Curt Martin are currently transforming Messis at Harbord and Robert into a "family-friendly" eatery with "an emphasis on Spanish and Italian flavours."
"Messis has been part of the fabric of the neighbourhood for over two decades, and we intend to preserve that," says Vitiello.
ETA: early May
The Burger's Priest
The high priest of hamburgers, Shant Mardirosian, opens his third take-away on Queen West at Spadina across from the Cameron Hotel.
Live Organic Food Bar's Jennifer Italiano and Ezra's Pound's Ezra Braves team up for a gluten-free café and coffee-house-cum-gourmet-food-shop at King West and Atlantic in Liberty Village.
Ex-Modus chef Bruce Woods opens an eponymous bistro geared to the Bay Street crowd in the space that until not long ago housed Claudio Aprile's Colborne Lane.
ETA: late April
Executive chef Teddy Corrado brings the boutique hotel's patented west-side sophistication to the financial district. Will Bay Street bite?
Hot on the heels of Sukhothai, Sabai Sabai and her former Khao San Road, Nuit Regular looks set to launch a fifth (!) Thai resto later this year. Word has it the centrally located spot will focus on takeout and delivery, though details are still being nailed down.
"We're definitely going to do something new and challenging," says partner/hubby Jeff. "Nuit's looking to totally outdo herself."
ETA: late fall