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Richmond Station isn't the only hot new resto opening any day now.
Don't-call-us club kings Charles Khabouth and Hanif Harji's Patria (478 King W, at Brant, 647-352-3400) looks set to roll later this week if tomorrow night's launch party is any indication. You'll find the sequel to their wildly popular Weslodge down an alleyway in the condo next door. Instead of comfort food or French bistro classics, look for a Spanish tapas card this time around.
The crew behind Sabai Sabai (225 Church, at Dundas E, 416-450-2031) say they're hoping for a late October launch. Co-owner Jason Jiang says the modern Thai trat will feature "traditional Thai comfort food with an exciting surprise in the evenings." Better yet, executive chef Nuit Regular of Sukhothai and Khao San Road is creating the menu.
When the Drake's Anthony Rose announced he was leaving the west-side funplex earlier this year, he said he was doing so to launch three new restaurants over the next two years. Cynics should note that the first - Rose and Sons in the old People's Foods at Dupont and St George - is well under construction. Will he follow in the barbecue direction that proved a massive hit at the Drake BBQ pop-up a while back?
"Barbecue is on the list for sure, we just need the perfect location," says Rose. "I'm going to keep the old People's true to its original diner/greasy spoon feel. It'll be a simple menu of Toronto classics but all with a good Rose and Sons twist."
The Mexico-bound Rose expects a November launch.