Not content with three Playa Cabanas, Dave Sidhu is about to launch a fourth in Koreatown come September. The casual 60-seat taqueria takes over the former home of Rajput Bistro at Bloor and Euclid.
"We're calling it Barrio Coreano," says Cabana honcho Dave Sidhu. "It'll still be Mexican, but with a Korean influence."
What prompted the move so soon after the recent launch of Playa Cabana Hacienda on Dupont?
"The space came up and I grabbed it," says Sidhu. "It's a bit of a no-brainer, really."
Nuts to donuts
Devin Connell didn't convert her upscale donut shop, Paulette's, in Leslieville into the second outlet of her wildly successful Delica Kitchen (913 Queen East, at Carlaw, 416-546-5408, delicakitchen.ca, @DelicaKitchen) because the food fad had peaked. Quite the opposite.
"The donuts just took off to the point that all we were doing were large wholesale orders," says Connell of the shift. "We do an awful lot of weddings!"
You can still find them at the Kitchen, only now they share the carte with the same soups, salads and sandwiches featured uptown. But what of her contentious fried chicken and its impenetrably crisp skin?
"Unfortunately, we had to say goodbye to focus on what we do best, and that's donuts and Delica."
Get it goin'
Located in an old Blockbuster Video waiting to be turned into yet another condo, Come and Get It's (170 Spadina, at Queen West, 647-344-3416, comeandgetit.ca, @comeandgetit416) days were numbered from the get-go.
"We always knew we were going to get the boot, but we lasted a lot longer than we thought," says the pop-up take-away's Jon Polubiec.
Though he'll be closing up shop mid-October, he says it won't be the last we'll see of him. He's just not sure where or when it'll be.
"I'm still looking, but I'd like to stay in the Spadina-King-Queen corridor, because that's where most of our customers work."
Although it finished 10th in NOW's recent brunch guide, Red Fish on College has called it quits. Seems Hogtown isn't into sustainable seafood as much as it says. Owners David Friedman and Jaime Duran quoted the Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy on their website by way of farewell: "So long and thanks for all the fish."