Though most eyes will be on superstar architect Frank Gehry when his make-over of the AGO opens next Friday, local foodies are abuzz with news that the museum's long-closed Agora restaurant relaunches that same evening.
Rebranded Frank (317 Dundas West, at McCaul, 416-979-6660) and helmed by returning executive chef Anne Yarymowich and new chef de cuisine Martha Wright (Starfish, Avalon), the 130-seat room features an upscale lunch/dinner/brunch card that promises the comforting likes of pan-seared Lake Erie pickerel ($23) and wild boar tourtière meat loaf sided with squeaky cheese poutine ($19).
We've lost count of how many times funky Caribbean café Soul Food (582 Lansdowne, at Paxton, 647-438-9730) has opened and closed over the years. Though the joint's currently shuttered again, owner/chef Danny Son says the situation's strictly temporary: he's rented his west-side resto to a film crew for the next two months and plans to reopen in December.
Over 'n' out
Downtown's favourite gelateria, Solferino on Wellington East, has called it quits, as has funky coffee-house-slash-clothing-boutique Ukula on College, both victims of escalating rents. Given the current economic forecast, expect a lot of resto closings in the coming months.