LAB owner/chef Howard Dubrovsky
Though Yours Truly, Acadia and Ursa grab all the headlines of late for their similar genre-busting grub, LAB (651 College, at Grace, 416-551-5025, labrestaurant.com) - an acronym for Live and Breathe - seems to have got lost in the shuffle, so much so that the two year-old resto is calling it quits Thursday March 15 with a communal last supper.
"It's been an absolute blast the last few years," says LAB owner/chef Howard Dubrovsky. "But now it's time for new adventures."
The brunch-crazed west-side just got that much more frenzied with the launch of the Federal Reserve (1438 Dundas W, at Dufferin, 647-352-9120, thefed.ca) two weekends back. Watch for an everyday card of Cubano sandwiches, Cobb salads and Belgian waffles from a team that includes vets of Woodlot, Aunties and Uncles and Swan. No, they don't take reservations and yes, there are already lineups Saturday and Sunday mornings.
Since its days as Planet Kensington and legendary punkers Bunchofuckingoofs' unofficial clubhouse, the tiny Market watering-hole has been home to Freshwater Grill and Havana Moon, not to mention the notorious Greeks'. Make room for Thirsty and Miserable (197-1/2 Baldwin, at Augusta, 647-607-0134, thirstyandmiserable.ca), a rocker-themed bar named for a Black Flag song with an impressive cellar of local microbrews, microwaved TV dinners and portraits of Debbie Harry and the Curse by local shutterbug Don Pyle on the walls.