Habitat ousts Couillard Iconoclastic chef
Greg Couillard and Habitat have parted company. Expecting a renegotiation of his first-year contract at the hot Queen West boîte-cum-lounge, the so-called spice-meister was shown the door instead. Something about costs. Not resting on his culinary laurels, Couillard - whose CV so far sits at 47 local restos and counting - claims his soon-come-but-too-early-to-talk-about supper club with Habitat partner David Ng'Ang'a will be his best ever. And last. "If Toronto doesn't get it this time, I'm moving to New York!" he laughs.
Queen's a good thing
The Queen of Tarts ' (283 Roncesvalles, at Westminster, 416-651-3009) Stephanie Pick just flew in from the Big Apple, where she was one of the first guests on Martha Stewart 's new live daytime talk show. One of Pick's customers is a friend of the domestic diva's chiropractor and sent one of the local baker's gingerbread replicas complete with freedom poncho and ankle tracking device to the ex-con's Manhattan office. Stewart, who's re-launching herself as an accessible everywoman to counter her former image as an aloof perfectionist -- "Not everyone is good at everything," is her new mantra -- stumbled over Pick's introduction but kept uncharacteristically cool for the cameras.
"After the show, Martha apologized for getting my name wrong," says a surprised Pick, who received her own poncho as a parting gift from Stewart.
Seven not so lucky
This weekend marks the end of Rosa and Vito Marinuzzi 's Seven Numbers , their extremely popular Italian eatery on Eglinton West. The reason? More condos. Until they launch another this spring, the family's east-side eatery (307 Danforth, at Bowden, 416-469-5183) will be the only Number in town.
Changes on Church
In the past year, several joints in Toronto's traditional gay and lesbian hub have closed, including the Looking Glass , Slack Alice and Babylon . During the same period, Wilde Oscar's morphed into an O'Grady's pub, Café Viagra into a f**kin' Firkin , and the Second Cup 's famous front steps are about to become a step-free Subway franchise. After only two years in business, Five Alarm Diner is the latest casualty of the curse of Church. But here's good news for fans of the Garage Sandwich Shop , which has not, contrary to appearances, gone under. The 10-year-old retro resto will rematerialize in the rear of Pusateri's (497 Church, at Wellesley, 416-923-2043) come October. At this rate, by next spring Zelda's (542 Church, at Maitland, 416-922-2526) will be the best resto in the Village. And the only one.