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The Month That Was

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The Month That Was: the Toronto restaurants and bars that opened and closed in April

Looking down from the mezzanine at Bellwoods Brewery (Image: Gizelle Lau)

Openings:

• The Saint—after three long years of waiting, during which time most of Ossington rapidly gentrified, this neighbourhood tavern from the people behind Buca finally opened its doors. Read our Introducing post »

• Bellwoods Brewery—A highly anticipated new brewpub on Ossington from a pair of Amsterdam Beer alums, with food by Guy Rawlings. Read our Introducing post »

• Lilly’s Lunches—A new downtown-centric bike brown bag bike delivery service from a cubicle escapee. Read our Introducing post »

• Marcy—A veteran Roncesvalles Polish restaurant gets a makeover, turning into a low-key cocktail bar. Read our Introducing post »

• Hawker Bar—The brothers behind Poutini’s teamed up with a couple friends to pay homage to Singapore-style street food—on Ossington. Read our Introducing post »

• Edulis—Tobey Nemeth and Michael Caballo returned to Toronto after years out west to take over and reinvent Niagara Street Café, Caballo’s old haunt. Read our Introducing post »

• Gourmet Bitches—This new food truck, serving somewhat healthier fare than most, has yet to hit the streets, but is all set for catering events. Read our Introducing post »

• Kitch—A new restaurant and club that’s opened up alongside the auto body shops on Geary Avenue at Dupont and Dufferin. Read our Introducing post »

• Spirit House—A new nouveau-speakeasy sharing a location (and management) with the Toronto Institute of Bartending. Read our Introducing post »

• Fuzz Box—This Danforth restaurant joins Hopgood’s Foodliner in serving that specialty that used to be impossible to find in Toronto: East Coast–style donair. Read our Introducing post »

• Osteria 55—The Bowery, on Colborne Street, sure didn’t last long. This rustic Italian restaurant, from mostly the same owners, has replaced it. Read our Introducing post »

• The Yukon—A new and very low key Parkdale bar. [BlogTO]

• Stack—The city’s continuing love affair with southern barbecue heads north to this large new spot at Yonge and Lawrence. Read our Introducing post »

• East Ender—This little east-end restaurant serves Asian-inspired dishes in the space that used to house Tomi-Kro. Read our Introducing post »

• Noka—Yet another piece of evidence that the Annex’s appetite for sushi is effectively infinite. [Noka website]

• Panier Rouge—Could this be Toronto’s answer to Pret a Manger? Early Chowhound reports are hopeful. [Post City]

• Cha Lau—Cha Liu, a popular midtown dim sum shop, closed its doors in July. Now it’s reopened, downtown and with a slightly different name. [The Grid]

•  Tea ’n’ Bannock—Not to be confused with the Oliver and Bonacini operation, this little aboriginal café opened this month on Gerrard East. [Now]

• LA’s Italian Bar—Formerly Little Anthony’s, this old-school Italian eatery has gotten a makeover much like the one sister restaurant Estiatorio Volos recently received.

• Bo and Bon—The first Toronto outpost of this New York macaron and cupcake haunt opened quietly at Barthurst and 401. [Yelp]

• Burger Stomper—This new Danforth burger joint grills their patties, as at the unfailingly popular Burger’s Priest, but forms them using a patented kitchen gadget of the same name. [Chowhound]

• The Bristol Yard— A new café serving British comfort foods—yes, that includes chicken tikka masala pie—opened up just north of Christie Pits. Read our Introducing post »

• Kenzo—The popular ramen joint opened its fourth location, up at Yonge and Sheppard. [BlogTO]

Ginger—The ninth—yes, ninth—location of the Vietnamese-ish chain, at Yonge and Elm, is a little glitzier than the first eight. [Now]

Closings:

• Provenance Regional Cuisine—The grocery store outpost of the ever-expanding and retreating Jamie Kennedy empire closed earlier this month. Kennedy had taken the place over last year from his former employee Alex Johnston. [The Grid]

• The Bowery—The short-lived New York–inspired eatery and bar closed down, making way for Osteria 55, from mostly the same owners

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