Beer in the Square
The first fully functional Beer Store geared to pedestrians - meaning it has no dedicated parking lot - has opened in the basement of the AMC (10 Dundas East, at Yonge, 416-585-8041). Designated as a Beer Express, the location stocks only smaller formats like single cans, 12- and 18-packs. But fear not - you can get that two-four price if you buy two 12s. Likely to come in handy next NXNE.
Over at 110 Ossington, Watusi held its last dance on Halloween. Watch for the space to turn into the bricks-'n'-mortar location of the popular Rock Lobster pop-up in the near future. And in the Beach, the flagship Lick's has been temporarily shuttered to make way for a condo tower. Look for the iconic burger joint to relaunch sharpish nearby, perhaps on the first floor of another condo.
Having made a splash at Yorkville and Bellair, chi-chi C House Lounge is set to open a second upscale coffee house in the Zeidler building at 315 Queen West. A third House follows at 70 York.
Suds R Us
Out on too-cool DuWest (who comes up with these wacky names?), the Get Well pub (1183 Dundas West, at Lakeview, 647-351-2337, getwellbar.com) now incorporates an on-site nano-brewery. The first batch of limited-run kegs includes an eponymous porter, a pale ale named for the Who's Pinball Wizard and a Let It Be bitter.
Boys make noise
It's no secret that the Banh Mi Boys have had a second location in the works. World domination - or at least the downtown core - has been on the books from the get-go. Problem was, where? How about Yonge and Gerrard in the lobby of the old Coronet grindhouse? Scheduled to launch mid-January, the new 30-seat Vietnamese fusion take-away will feature a similar design, a small patio and late-night hours come summer.