Seows mean it this time

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Harry and Jean Seow are retiring from the restaurant business, and this time they mean it!

The owners of the popular Jean’s Vegetarian Kitchen (1262 Danforth, at Greenwood, 416-778-1388) first left the resto biz when they sold their wildly successful Sawasdee in the 90s, back when Toronto was batty for everything Thai.

The couple had previously owned the pioneering Rasa Sayang in Kensington Market. But after a year of “sitting at home watching TV,” the Seows bounced back in 1999 with Jean’s Fine Foods out on the Danforth. Literally their living room, it lasted four years until they pulled the plug yet again.

Boredom set in once more, and they returned with Jean’s Vegetarian in 2007. Fast-forward to the present and the Seows have announced their retirement for good. They’ve sold Jean’s to first-time restaurateur Ernest Wong, who’s keeping the name and menu. Smart move. For now, the Seows are planning a long holiday in Southeast Asia, although Jean hasn’t entirely ruled out the possibility that we might see her back in the kitchen again.

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