Toronto restaurants that opened and closed this week

Roundup of restaurant, bar and bakery openings and closings for the week of September 29 to October 6


It’s difficult to keep up with all the Toronto restaurants that we’ve lost over the past six months.

The restaurant and hospitality industries continue to bear the brunt of COVID restrictions and health and safety precautions. And many restaurants and bars haven’t been able to weather the storm.

Optimistically, many restaurants are still opening their doors in the midst of the pandemic. Some have closed indoor dining and offer takeout, delivery and patio service only.

To keep on top of all the rapid changes, we are starting a weekly roundup of what’s opening, closing for good and temporarily closing due to COVID.

Toronto’s culture is lacklustre without its restaurant and bar scenes; those that have been lost will be sorely missed.

Here is what opened and closed between September 29 and October 6.

CLOSED

Furama Cakes and Dessert Garden

The beloved traditional Chinese bakery, a fixture in Chinatown for over 30 years, closed last Tuesday. Community members have put together a GoFundMe to help out-of-work employees.

Ruby Watchco

Ten years in and this Riverside farm-to-table restaurant from award-winning chefs, Lynn Crawford and Lora Kirk is calling it quits.

Shogun Japanese Restaurant

This Yorkville sushi institution opened in 1978. The laid-back, cozy setting and dependable menu made it a neighbourhood go-to.

The Walton

Featured on our list of best hidden patios in the city, the Walton was a sophisticated and charming cafe and cocktail bar in Little Italy. They had their last hurrah on Saturday.

Wayne Gretzky’s Restaurant

The Blue Jays Way restaurant was a go-to for pre- or post-game drinks for Toronto sports fans for 27 years. However, the building has been sold to a condo development.

CLOSED TEMPORARILY/COVID MODIFICATIONS*

*Includes restaurants that are open but without indoor dining

Donna’s

Last Tuesday, the neighbourhood spot announced on their Instagram that they would no longer be seating guests indoors. They are still open for dining on the patio (with heaters).

Lee on King

Susur Lee’s popular King West fusion Chinese restaurant announced on October 5 that they’ve extended a temporary closure indefinitely to ensure the health and safety of guests and staff.

Manita

The Ossington strip’s new cafe/bar/grocer closed temporarily last week but is reopening October 7.

OPENED

Cubby Smart Kitchen

This new concept kitchen in Moss Park is trying to appeal to everyone, with four menus to choose from: Middle Eastern, poke and smoothie bowls, pub food and seafood.

Congo Coffee and Beignets

The name makes it pretty straightforward, get fresh Congolese coffee and sweet beignets at this new Gerrard Street East cafe.

Fall N’ Leaves Pop Up

This popup at Bathurst and Richmond launched October 1 and runs until Thanksgiving. Go for the wood-fired pizza and pasta, soups served in pumpkins, the wine bar and paint nights.

Goûter Patisserie

This French bakery, known for fresh baguettes, eclairs, cakes, hand-decorated chocolates and homemade ice cream opened a new location at Eglinton and Avenue Road.

The Heartbreak Chef

This spot with the self-declared “best comfort food in Toronto” moved from their Parkdale digs closer to Trinity Bellwoods last week.

Kibo Secret Garden

The restaurant that took over Shogun is serving upscale omakase from the people behind the Kibo sushi chain.

Knockout Chicken

The fried chicken purveyor‘s second location opened in the Annex. Skip the Popeye’s fried chicken sandwich and go here instead.

Lambo’s Deli and Grocery

A new addition for lunch on Dundas West. This sandwich joint offers decadent Italian classics like prosciutto and dry-cured capicola with mozzarella cheese.

Larry’s Folly

Parkdale gets another local watering hole with Larry’s Folly, a cafe and bar serving the owner’s family recipes.

SJCB x Robinson Bread

Another Sam James Coffee Bar outpost. This one, on Brock in Parkdale, is a joint venture with Robinson Bread, known for their sourdough and pastries.

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