Over the last three decades, iconoclastic chef Greg Couillard has acquired a reputation - warranted or not - for closing restaurants as quickly as he opens them. He has 28 entries alone at www.chefdb.com, the local website dedicated to tracking Toronto's dining scene. But Mocca , the John Street supper club he announced he would open this winter after his unexpected exit from Habitat last fall, has been deep-sixed before it even opened its doors. Just as well. It was a crappy name, and the two-storey Victorian next door to Club Lucky and across the street from Hooters has been the site of many a doomed diner.
Good luck to new tenant Fat Belgian . In the meantime, Couillard has been soaking up the sun and inspiration on a beach in Costa Rica.
More than 70 local eateries are taking part in Fife House's annual A Taste For Life fundraiser. Book a table for the Wednesday, April 26, event at such notable nosheries as Bloom (2315 Bloor West, at Windermere, 416-767-1315), Monsoon (100 Simcoe, at Adelaide West, 416-979-7172) and Southern Accent (595 Markham, at Bloor West, 416-536-3211) and 15 per cent of the cost of your meal will be donated to the not-for-profit agency that provides 75 per cent of the supportive housing to people living with HIV/AIDS in Toronto.
For a complete list of participants go to www.atasteforlife.org.