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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 March

Electric Mud BBQ during its busy first week (Image: Gizelle Lau)

Opening

  • Electric Mud BBQ—The two guys behind Grand Electric opened a not-so-authentic Southern barbecue spot around the corner from their cult Parkdale taco joint. The result: long lineups, of course. Read our Introducing post »
  • Bar IsabelGrant van Gameren enlisted fellow Black Hoof alum Brandon Olsen for this tapas and bar snacks joint on College Street. Read our Introducing Post »
  • Queen Margherita Pizza—The popular Leslieville pizza parlour opened its long-awaited west-end location in restaurant-starved Baby Point. Read our Introducing post »

  • The Happy Hooker—This Dundas West eatery serves sustainable seafood snacks like fish sandwiches, tacos and shrimp corn dogs (and yes, its name is a questionable seafood pun). Read our Introducing post »
  • The Samuel J. Moore—The owners of The Great Hall on Queen West tapped Alexandra Feswick to helm their new restaurant, which has no fewer than six menus: brunch, lunch, dinner, dessert, snacks and late-night eats. Read our Introducing post »
  • Côte de Boeuf—Ossington butcher Côte de Boeuf stocks naturally raised meats and sells takeaway prepared foods and a selection of pantry staples from the kitchen of its sister restaurant Union. Read our Introducing post »
  • The Guild—This new contemporary Canadian restaurant on Dundas West takes reservations. For brunch. Read our Introducing post »
  • The BoarThe Black Camel, the beloved Rosedale sandwich spot, opened a tiny, seven-seat sister shop near Yonge and Eglinton. Read our Introducing post » 
  • Darwin—The former home of molecular stalwart L.A.B. now houses a modern French bistro and bar. Read our Introducing post »
  • Northwoods—Part bar, part coffee shop, Northwoods brings classic cocktails and craft beer to Christie Pits. Read our Introducing post » 
  • Jazz Bistro—Toronto’s long-defunct Top O’ The Senator space is once again filled with jazz (and bistro food too, courtesy of Matthew Cowan). Read our Introducing post » 
  • Bushi Udon Kappo—A new Japanese restaurant at Yonge and St. Clair specializing in house-made udon noodles. Read our Introducing post »
  • The Rude Boy—This new Roncesvalles burger joint makes most everything in-house from local ingredients. Read our Introducing post »
  • Takht-e Tavoos—The owners of Pomegranate and Sheherzade launched this new, brunch-focused Iranian restaurant at College and Dufferin. [Spice City Toronto]
  • Carmen—The owners of Torito opened this new Spanish tapas and raciones bar in Cajú’s old space on Queen West. [Twitter]
  • Jimmy’s Coffee—The King West coffee spot (a frequent hang of playwright Hannah Moscovitch) opened a second location in Kensginton Market. [Facebook]
  • Grasslands—Queen West vegan stalwart Fressen has been reinvented as a more upscale tapas and bar snack joint (yes, it’s still vegan). [View the Vibe]
  • Pancho’s Bakery—This Mexican-style bakery opened a third location in Little Italy. [Post City]
  • Smoke Bourbon Bar-B-Q House—After three months on Harbord Street, Smoke BBQ House reopened with new ownership and a slightly different name, albeit under the same chef. Read our Dish post »
  • Jatujak—This new Thai street food restaurant in Scarborough serves a version of khao soy, the cult-favourite soup at Sukhothai. [Twitter]
  • Dr. Laffa—After many months of anticipation, the new Bathurst Street location of this Middle Eastern restaurant is now open. [Twitter]

 Closing 

  • Smoke BBQ House—See Smoke Bourbon Bar-B-Q House, above.
  • Miss Cora’s Kitchen—The Kensington Market bakery quietly moved out three weeks ago to make room for Seven Lives Tacos. Read our Dish post »
  • The Melting Pot—This U.S.-based fondue chain lasted less than a year in Richmond Hill [Melting Pot]

Did we miss anything? Let us know in the comments.

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