House of the rising Son
The little St. Lucian resto that could, Soul Food (582 Lansdowne, at Paton, 647-438-9730), has miraculously re-opened for the fourth (fifth?) time. Owner/chef Danny Son solved the problem of neighbours who didn't appreciate the Caribbean vibe next door by buying their house. Business as usual, then.
Contrary to the know-it-all nitwits on the Internet, the Big Ragu (1338 Lansdowne, at St. Clair West, 416-654-7248) has not gone under. Owner Carmine Accogli admits his popular eatery on the Corso Italia is for sale - which restaurant in Toronto isn't? - but says business has been so good, he's looking to expand into a bigger location. Might we suggest the super-hotJunction?
Rock me, Amadeu's
Kensington Market is still reeling from the tragic car accident death last month of restaurateur Amadeu Goncalves. The owner of Amadeu's was 62. His wife, Celeste, and two employees were seriously injured in the crash as well. Since then, the iconic Portuguese cantina has been closed, its future understandably uncertain. But we've learned that the popular spot (184 Augusta, at Denison Square, 416-591-1245) will reopen in the next two weeks under the aegis of son and second-in-command Rui Goncalves.