Toronto restaurants that opened and closed this week

Aunty Lucy's is heading east with a three-month pop-up in Leslieville and Yard Sale Bar is becoming Lavender Menace

Comfort food is still reigning supreme when it comes to new Toronto restaurants. Burgers, fried chicken and pizza always hit the spot and are usually safe bets.

On top of that, pop ups serving hard-to-find cuisines, like Ghanian and Romanian food, opened this week.

A Leslieville treasure, Yard Sale Bar, is closing temporarily to become something brand new. Read on to discover the exciting new restaurants, bottleshops and bars that opened between March 9-16.

Toronto restaurants that closed

Yard Sale Bar

The Leslieville bar is only closing temporarily as they revamp their space to become Lavender Menace. They plan to re-open in the spring. Read about the name change and the new menu here.

New Toronto restaurants

Aunty Lucy’s

The burger joint, known for flavours influenced by Ghana, is launching a three month pop-up in Leslieville starting March 18.


This takeaway pop-up from chef Miriam Echeverria is bringing new flavours from Mexico weekly. Next week, the menu includes fideos noodles, chicken with pumpkin seed sauce and caramel flan on the menu.

Green Apple Bottle Shop

The Junction has a new bottle shop. Green Apple just opened with a range of fun, affordable and unconventional wines, beers and ciders.

Konz Pizza

A British Columbia chain of rolled pizza is coming to Toronto this spring. Konz started as a food truck and has expanded east across the country, finally touching down in Ontario. Their portable, cone-shaped pizzas will be available at locations at King and Shaw and Bathurst and Bloor.

La Perla

This new popup inside of Milagro on Mercer is doing fresh Mexican ceviche nine different ways. From octopus to snapper, the ceviches are the big draw but they also serve salads and tacos and appetizers like guacamole and chips.

Mama Akua’s

The first Mama Akua’s pop-up was in August and since then they have popped up a number of times serving their Ghanian jollof, red red and fufu. Their next pop-up is March 19 and proceeds will be going towards a new joint initiative to support community organization The Kickback’s youth programming.


Not a cuisine you see often at restaurants in Toronto, chef Haan Palcu-Chang is serving a whole slew of Romanian dishes. Pick-up is at Sam james Coffee Bar on Ossington. Palcu-Chang is introducing dishes like salata de ardei copți cu castraveți, sarmale and papanași to wider audiences


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