According to the owners, Lahore Tikka House is always changing.
After seven years of zoning delays, Lahore Tikka House (1365 Gerrard East, at Highfield, 416-406-1668, lahoretikkahouse.com) in Little India has finally moved into its new digs next door.
The interlocked container trucks that replaced the original late-night Pakistani spot rolled away last week, and a huge sari-tented patio went up on the building's east side.
The new space is much like the old and looks like it's still under construction, a riot of colour lit by strings of Christmas lights hung from unfinished ceiling joists. The second-floor dining room and rooftop deck are scheduled to open later this summer. Where have we heard that before?
"We're always changing and there's a tremendous energy," says the House's Alnoor Sayani of his chaotic eatery. "We're not into fancy pot lights and all that."
Often undeservedly overshadowed by nearby Sukhothai, tiny Regent Park take-away Thai to Go (452 Gerrard East, at Sword, 416-515-8424, thaibyprasai.com) is twice the size now that the divey bar next door has been turned into Thai by Prasai, its first-ever dining room.
And long-shuttered Leslieville roti resto Caribbean Dutchpot is about to resurface in the former Deep Blue Fish & Chips (749 Broadview, at Danforth, 416-465-7779) later this month.