Toronto restaurants that opened and closed this week: December 22-28

As Omicron cases go up, more Toronto restaurants are switching to takeout and delivery only


In a way, it feels like we’re ending 2021 the way we ended 2020. We’re seeing a lot of restaurants, like Lamesa and Burdock Brewery, close their indoor dining services and switch to takeout and delivery only. Other spots, like Alma, have temporarily closed due positive COVID cases amongst their staff.

Some restaurants, like Bar Vendetta and Oretta, are also pivoting their New Year’s Eve menus to takeout only.

Here are the Toronto restaurants that are temporarily closing, eliminating indoor dining or permanently closing, and opening for the week of December 22-28.

Toronto restaurants that are closing temporarily

Burdock Brewery

The brewery’s restaurant will be temporarily closed until January 3. The team says their bottle shop will continue to be open from 11 am to 10 pm, as well as their online store.

Boxcar Social

The coffee chain that recently opened its first employee-run location announced via Instagram that all of their indoor services at all locations will be temporarily closed. In the meantime, the team says takeout services as well as their bottle shops will be open. All services at the Waverley and Summerhill locations closed temporarily the past week after workers tested positive for COVID-19. But Boxcar announced today that Summerhill takeout and bottle shop services are officially open.

Ramona Leitao

Boxcar Laneway is one of the locations that are temporarily closing its indoor dining services.

Bar Vendetta

As of December 27 the restaurant will be temporarily closed for indoor dining. The team says they are “reassessing a reopening date on a week-by-week basis.” In the meantime, they pivoted their New Year’s Eve dinner to takeout only, which you can find here.

Oretta

Another restaurant that was listed in our New Year’s Eve 2022 roundup is also temporarily closing indoor dining services. According to this post, Oretta closed on December 27 and will be closed until further notice. In the meantime, the team encourages customers to use their to-go options. This week they are open for takeout and delivery from 7 am to 9 pm. They will also be contacting those who made reservations or booked events.

Alma

The Bloordale modern Chinese restaurant recently posted on Instagram that one of its staff members tested positive for COVID-19. As a result they are now closed “until at least [December] 29” out of caution.

Lamesa

The popular Filipino restaurant announced on Instagram that they “will be closing the dining room and moving to takeout and delivery” until further notice. Their new hours are 1-8 pm.

Toronto restaurants that are closing permanently

New York Subs & Burritos

Food writer Karon Liu posted on Twitter that the popular Queen and Ryerson spot permanently closed. According to the message on the storefront, the team closed the store as a result of COVID-19 and the building being sold. “Please continue to support small businesses, because they need it,” they said.

Toronto restaurants that are opening

SuLee Dosirak

It’s finally here. After months of hinting, SuLee opened their first brick-and-mortar location at Market 707. SuLee Dosirak opened on December 26 and offers hearty meals with braised meats and banchan (side dishes), not to mention their famous kimchi.

707 Dundas West, @suleedosirak

Hong Shing

The late-night Chinese food spot had a soft reopening on December 24, after a devastating fire that took out their kitchen last month. They’re currently offering takeout only.

195 Dundas West, @hongshingto

ONYX Chocolates

According to their Instagram post, the chocolate shop will be taking over the long-running Rose’s Vietnamese Sandwiches in spring 2022, which closed their doors with Wong’s Ice Cream on December 24. ONYX Chocolates is known for their colourful artisanal chocolate. Some of their chocolates include the matcha passionfruit, black currant violet, Thai tea and durian.

601 Gerrard East, @onyxchocolates

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