Doug McNish is opening a vegan diner in Parkdale

Mythology Diner is a collab with the company behind Doomie's

Looks like downtown vegans won’t have to head up to North York to taste Doug McNish’s cooking. The Doug’s Public Kitchen chef (and 2017 NOW Reader’s Choice pick for Best Chef) has been revealed as the driving force behind Mythology Diner, a new joint co-opened with The 5700 Inc., who you might know as the folks behind Doomie’s. Mythology will be taking over the former home of The Commodore (RIP) at 1265 Queen West.

McNish is funnelling his considerable meatless know-how (three vegan cookbooks can’t be wrong!) into a menu of classic diner food and comfort dishes: Reubens, floats, fish and chips, cobb salad (complete with vegan boiled egg), fettucine alfredo, and indulgent breakfast dishes like some seriously gorgeous cinnamon bun pancakes.

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Meanwhile, the marketing machine that puts those brash pro-vegan mantras on the Doomie’s marquee and created a “vegan selfie room” papered with aggro Vegan Sidekick comics is already in full tilt.

In a release, The 5700 referred to the neighbourhood as “Vegandale” (hope that pans out for you guys!), and pointed out the dining room’s “veganized” version of Michelangelo’s Creation Of Adam. Turns out, veganizing artwork entails replacing one of its subjects with a seriously ripped anthropomorphic cow. Courting the vegan dollar and the furry dollar: Smart!

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Mythology will open for dinner service on Friday, December 1 they’ll be rolling out lunch service on December 18 and brunch on New Year’s Day. | @nataliamanzocco

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