Fresh dish: Wahlburgers comes to town and Lambretta Pizzeria moves into the west end

Plus, a Maple Leaf Tavern makeover

The first Canadian location of Wahlberg family-owned burger chain Wahlburgers has opened next to Susur Lee’s Luckee in the Soho Metropolitan Hotel at 46 Blue Jays Way (at King West). Brother Paul Wahlberg designed the menu, while actor siblings Donnie and Mark run the fry station and make the cocktails. One of the things in the afore-mentioned sentence is true. Guess which one!

Zane Caplansky has gone back to where his smoked meat empire started, opening a Southern-style barbecue restaurant called Baju inside the Monarch Tavern (12 Clinton, at College). Years ago, before he opened his eponymous deli, Caplansky was making smoked meat sandwiches at the Monarch, though you probably knew that because you ate at Caplansky’s before it was cool.

Signs for a second location of Boston-based fast food chain b.good have popped up in the former Curry’s art store at 573 Queen West (at Portland). Unlike most such joints, b.good uses local purveyors whenever possible (e.g., ice cream from Greg’s and bread from Silverstein’s). Meanwhile, its first location near the St. Lawrence Market (100 Front East, at Jarvis) is aiming for a winter opening after an original summer date.

Lambretta Pizzeria & Wine Bar is replacing chef Rodney Bowers’s Hey! restaurant at 89 Roncesvalles (at Pearson). They’re currently in hiring mode.


Eric Wood, the roving chef who did stints at places like the Beverley Hotel, Hawthorne Food & Drink and Fabarnak when they opened, is now in the kitchen at the Maple Leaf Tavern (955 Gerrard East, at Pape). The century-old bar is currently undergoing extensive restoration and will reopen next year. Wood is also overseeing the menu at bayside restaurant Port in Pickering (1289 Wharf, at Liverpool).

In other changes, Parkdale’s Geraldine (1564 Queen West, at Sorauren) has brought on Alex Molitz, who was previously the chef at Farmhouse Tavern. 

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