Eccentric Queen West luncheonette Mimi's has closed after an impressive 22-year run. Self-described as "just a cowgirl cookin' with love" and famous for her Blue Rodeo chili, Mimi says she's hanging up her apron and hitting the trail, destination unknown. She is also said to be planning a massive garage sale to unload her impressive collection of kitchen kitsch. Anyone in the market for chicken-and-egg salt 'n' peppers?
The original and quite good Bellevue Diner in Kensington Market kicked the bucket several years back. New owners kept the name but weren't able to hold onto the clientele and closed this summer. Enter Kos (61 Bellevue, at Nassau, 416-597-6912), the mini-chain of spoons with locations on College and Bathurst. With one of the nicest patios in the Market, the latest Kos looks set to give nearby Freshwood Grill (1971/2 Baldwin, at Augusta, 416-340-6262) some serious competition for the all-day breakfast and burger crowd.
Up on Harbord, popular Middle Eastern bistro Kensington Kitchen has called it quits after 26 years. And across the street, Eduardo's, that Latin cantina that used to be Latitude (owned by Torito's Veronica Laudes), has been shuttered despite a recent televisual transformation by Restaurant Makeover and a glowing review in the Globe.