Hole in one
If you thought Paulette's in Leslieville was pushing it by charging $2.75 for a donut, wait till you see what one goes for at the newly minted Glory Hole (1596 Queen West, at Sorauren, 416-420-5169). Whether Parkdale's prepared to pay four bucks for a fancy-pants fritter - albeit with lemon pie filling and meringue topping - remains to be seen.
Last toke at the Box
After an 11-year run, the Hot Box Café (191A Baldwin, at Augusta, 416-203-6990, hotboxcafe.ca) is temporarily closing on September 15, because the building has been sold. Watch for the pot-postive joint to resurface at owner Abi Roach's nearby Roach-O-Rama (204 Augusta) in time for next year's patio season. The old space is set to become the second outpost of Portland Street's Jimmy's Coffee. Roach's reaction?
"Good luck to them, but I don't think Kensington really needs another coffee house selling cappuccinos."