Das Gasthaus on the Danforth isn't the only recent addition to our woefully under-represented German gastro-scene. Over in Cabbagetown, the tiny Fry Haus (296 Gerrard East, at Parliament, 416-901-3100) dishes up an extensive takeout lineup of very deep-fried Mitteleuropean street food, such rarely seen fare as Fritten Mischmasch poutine and Huhnerflugel chicken wings, though everyone seems to go for the $5 schnitzel sandwiches.
Trevor Wilkinson of Wellington East's Trevor and Michael Yaworski of Wide Open are teaming up for the imminent Tavern by Trevor at 147 Spadina just north of Richmond West in the now-defunct Steamy's. They're hoping to be up and running as early as next week. "Tavern's a collision of dive bar and fine dining," says Wilkinson. "Still regional and seasonal, but fun. At least I hope it is!"
Martha Wright has superseded Mark Cutrara at Hawthorne (60 Richmond East, at Church, 647-930-9517, hawthorneto.ca, @hawthorneto). The former Frank and Starfish chef quietly took over the reins at the resto slash training centre from the ex-Cowbell toque last November.
"Mark and I have very similar styles," says Wright. "We've always shared a strong belief in supporting our local suppliers. Strangely, we've also traded staff back and forth for years."
Over on the east side, the second outpost of the super-popular Mother's Dumplings (804 Danforth, at Woodycrest, 647-350-8988, mothersdumplings.com) is open for business. Co-owner Catherine Feng says that while the new 65-seat resto's NOW Readers Poll-winning dim sum menu remains the same as the original's, she hopes to make a few additions.
"I'm thinking spring rolls and other things that go with beer. People like to share."