Booze encounters Prohibition
A block west of Citizen and cheek-to-cheek with Jilly's peeler parlour, soon-to-launch Booze Emporium (696 Queen East) has been asked by the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario to change its name because it was found to be inappropriate.
"Our licensing department thought that the name might imply the promotion of immoderate consumption," says the AGCO's Ab Campion.
However, the government bureau in charge of liquor licences - the same provincial agency that found nothing wrong with the Betty Ford Clinic, the Bovine Sex Club and Hooters - has no problem with its new and way-catchier handle, Prohibition. Watch for the newly rebranded gastro-pub to open later this month complete with nightly oyster and piano bars as well as weekend DJs who, according to the club's concept developer, Joey McGuirk, "will play the kind of music people know the words to." No REM, then.
Ghazale goes to College
Ghazale (504 Bloor West, at Bathurst, 416-537-4417), that late-night Middle Eastern take-away snuggled under the marquee of the Annex's Bloor Theatre, is about to open a satellite outlet on the south side of College at Beatrice this weekend. Located in the former Mona's Falafel and long-gone Pizza Catalina, the new spot's no bigger than the proletarian uptown digs, but it will eventually feature a small first-time people-watching patio on the sidewalk out front along with a popular inexpensive lineup of wraps and salads. Same late hours, too.
Narula no more
They didn't come any cheaper - or tastier - than Narula's on Gerrard East in Little India. Famed for its terrific Toonie Tuesdays - large subdivided trays of Subcontinental curries and subzis that went for all of $2.52 - one of downtown's best economical eateries has, not unexpectedly, closed. I would imagine that since 6 per cent is considered a successful profit margin in the resto biz, this modest vegetarian hole-in-the wall would have had to sell thousands of thalis to break even. It will be missed.
Citing the high environmental impact, Front Door Organics (www.frontdoororganics.com) has decided it will no longer carry organic products that are shipped to here by air.
"Some people might see these decisions as cutting into our bottom line," says FDO's Angela Donnelly. "If anything, I think our customers support us precisely because of our business practices."