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Aunties and Uncles, Mulberry Bar and the Dessert Lady call it quits
Cases numbers are down, outdoor dining is allowed again and Toronto restaurants are getting back into the swing of things.
Patios were jam packed this past weekend with people craving the small luxury of full-service dining. Takeout has been a great way to support Toronto restaurants over the past several months but nothing beats a hot plate straight out of the kitchen. We’ve got a patio watch below to keep you up-to-date on patios across the city that are open or opening up this week.
One spot known for its cozy patio that the city said goodbye to this week is Mulberry Bar, near Bloor and Ossington. Elsewhere, storied brunch restaurant Aunties and Uncles and popular pastry shop Dessert Lady closed down.
Read on to lean what Toronto restaurants opened and closed between June 8-15.
One of the best brunch spots in the city quietly closed on May 31. The restaurant near College and Bathurst opened in 1998 and since then has been slinging hearty and greasy breakfast classics like omelettes with challah toast, breakfast tacos and banana pancakes. They updated their website very simply, with one word: “Closed” but didn’t make any formal announcements. NOW confirmed with owner Russell Nicholls that he received an offer on the property and decided to sell.
This pastry shop on Cumberland closed on June 6 but luckily for Yorkville residents, there is another nearby on Sultan street near the Windsor Arms Hotel. They posted a tearful goodbye on Instagram: “We fought hard, unfortunately, we were not able to get the loan from the banks that we needed to fight to stay open.” After a year of trying to stay open despite losing much of their traffic from people working in nearby offices and stores, they called it quits to focus all of their efforts on the remaining location.
Mulberry may be no more but the cocktails spot has moved into their sister bar just down the road, Northwood. The bars are merging staff, wine lists and menus with Northwood to create a joint bar. Known for its intricate and complex cocktails and gorgeous, lush interior, Mulberry was a destination for cocktail lovers across the city.
The Bar Volo extended universe continues to grow with another offshoot. Bottega Volo will open in July inside of the Royal Cinema lobby. The bottle shop will sell beer, wine and selected Italian grocery items. Read the full story here.
608 College, barvolo.com
Earlier this month Conspiracy Pizza reopened in new digs. You may remember the pizza place shared a building with a certain anti-lockdown barbecue restaurant owner and became embroiled in the mess. They closed in December while looking for a new home. Now, they’re on their own near Laird and Eglinton, back to serving up their classic, weird (that is literally a category on their menu) and vegetarian pizzas.
858 Eglinton East, conspiracypizza.ca
This small-batch ice cream company opened earlier this year and was operating out of a spot near the harbourfront. They’re now at a new location right next to Chen Chen Hot Chicken on Queen West. Their soft opening was on June 12 and their scoops of handcrafted flavours like Turkish coffee, Black Sea tea and mango raspberry are available again. Pints are available in-store as well.
1184 Queen West, icecreamonology.com
The east-end beach-themed beer garden and food hub is back again for another summer. It’s a kid- and pet-friendly spot to hang out, nosh, have dinner or a few drinks from different vendors. Participating restaurants include: La Cubana, Poor Romeo, Gardel and more.
1018 Gerrard East, instagram.com
Macot has been teasing their new Etobicoke location for a few months, the bottle shop opened in April and the patio finally opened this past weekend. It’s the second location of the craft brewery and restaurant known for its relaxed and approachable vibe and adventurous beer creations. A perfect pairing for a cold one, subs and fried chicken sandwiches will be available starting this weekend from Fidel Gastro’s Catering.
37 Advance, mascotbrewery.com
This new pop-up runs on weekends only inside of Bloorcourt dive bar Wasted Youth. Creator Matt Calhoun does three flavours for now including Lemon Fresh (shaved lemon curd, poppy seeds, blueberry compote and lemon cake crumble), Classy As Fudge (fudge brownie, chocolate shavings and chocolate syrup) and The Dolce (dulce de leche, candied pecans, caramel and churros).
834 Bloor West, instagram.com/sundaesbestcreamery
This year’s Caribbean Carnival will be a food truck festival instead of a parade. Read the full story here.
An Afro-Caribbean farmers’ market is coming to Little Jamaica in July. It will run every Sunday until October 3.
Bar Piquette, 1084 Queen West, barpiquette.com
Black Dice, 1574 Dundas West, blackdicecafe.com
Boxcar Social, 1210 Yonge, 4 Boulton, 235 Queens Quay West, boxcarsocial.ca
Cafe 23, 728 Queen West, cafe23.ca
d|azur, 60 Yorkville, fourseasons.com/toronto/dining/lounges/dbar
Dzo Viet Eatery, 308 Dundas West, dzovieteatery.com
Happy Coffee and Wine, 1304 King West, happycoffeeandwine.com
Manita, 210 Ossington, manita.ca
Saint Island Pies, 1665 Dundas West, saintsislandpies.com
Sugo, 1281 Bloor West, sugotoronto.com
Crosley’s, 214 Ossington, crosleys.ca
Dova, 229 Carlton, dovarestaurant.com
Grape Witches, 1247 Dundas West, grapewitches.com
Stock T.C., 2388 Yonge, stocktc.com