Word that Jean's Fine Foods (2326 Danforth, at Oak Park, 416-422-0617) is due to reopen in the same location on Tuesday (March 11) with a new name -- Jean's Thai Kitchen -- will probably cause east-enders to start forming a queue right away. I'm told a wristband policy will be in effect to handle the crowds.
Owners Harry and Jean Seow shuttered their modest but insanely popular pan-Asian spot several months ago with the intention of taking a well-deserved rest. But when the Chinese joint renting their space went belly up after only three months, Harry and Jean jumped back into the bistro biz. They may have replaced the ugly fluorescent fixtures with track lighting, but everything else -- the marvellous grub, the absurdly low prices -- stays intact.
Watch for an expanded menu that adds more Thai dishes to the Singapore and Malay mix.