The west-side family-run St. Lucian cantina Soul Food (584 Lansdowne, at Paxton, 647-438-9730), which has been shuttered twice - once for a year-long renovation and most recently due to a lengthy illness - has now reopened. None-more-hospitable owners Louisa and Danny Son promise this time it's for good.
Kissan's got a new name
Little India's Kissan (1411 Gerrard East, at Hiawatha, 416-466-9777), the herbivorous cousin of Sidhartha (1450 Gerrard East, at Craven, 416-465-4095), has been forced by a business with a similar handle to change its name. Owner Tipu Chowdhury says his year-old spot will be known as Sidhartha Pure Vegetarian . Now, if anyone threatens to sue him, it will have to be himself.
Tasty's on the block
Former Southern Accent and True Grits chef Elena Embrioni 's attempt to bring Southern U.S.-style soul food to Bloor West's Little Seoul has faltered. Seems her remake of the Tasty Restaurant didn't go over with the greasy spoon's regulars, who preferred prefab pub grub to pecan-crusted catfish and collard greens. The Bloor West resto's now up for grabs.
After a lengthy renovation, Innocenti has morphed into KiWe Kitchen (587 King West, at Portland, 416-203-0551). The Century Room's Vito Tomasicchio and Ralf Madi are behind the new SoBe direction, and ex-Teatro and one-time Bruyea Brother Aldo Lanzillotta is in charge of the late-night lounge's Ital-lite card.
Big plans for Maro
The group responsible for King West's Brassaii and Brant House have launched mega-club Maro (135 Liberty, at Fraser, 416-588-2888) in Parkdale's trendy warehouse district. The owners are so confident the 14,000-square-foot supper club will be a hit with the bottle-service set, they've installed crowd-control barriers at the front door. They've also instated Restaurant Makeover heartthrob, David Adjey (Nectar, Windsor Arms) in the kitchen.