King West

Crush Wine Bar gets squeezed out Crush Wine Bar gets squeezed out

Since it opened in 2002, Crush Wine Bar has been a King West fixture, but its new owners clearly weren’t such big fans: it’s now closed, with the last day of service announced in one short tweet late last month. Niagara-on-the-Lake hoteliers Vintage Hotels, who purchased the oenophile’s paradise from the Queen and Beaver’s Jamieson Kerr back in 2010, sold the restaurant in order to focus on… Read more »

Introducing: Flock Rotisserie and Greens, Cory Vitiello’s quick-service ch... Introducing: Flock Rotisserie and Greens, Cory Vitiello’s quick-service chicken spot in the core

Name: Flock Rotisserie and Greens Contact: 330 Adelaide St. W., 647-483-5625, eatflock.com, @EatFlock Neighbourhood: King West Owner: Cory Vitiello and Chris Shiki (The Harbord Room) Chef: Etienne Regis The Food: Exactly what the name suggests—chicken (naturally raised without hormones or antibiotic, natch) and salad. The golden-brown bird is served four ways at this quick-service spot: whole, halved,… Read more »

Condo of the Week: $6.5 million for a King West sky mansion with an infinity poo... Condo of the Week: $6.5 million for a King West sky mansion with an infinity pool

Address: 500 Wellington Street West, Unit 701 Neighbourhood: King West Agent: Jonathan Ferrier, Royal LePage Real Estate Services Ltd., Brokerage Price: $6,500,000 The Place: A luxury full-floor unit with private elevator access in a boutique King West building.

West coast coffee chain Milano opens in Toronto West coast coffee chain Milano opens in Toronto

  Vancouver’s Milano Coffee has opened its first Toronto location, giving those in the core another way to stay caffeinated. The west coast chain that started as a family-run business in 1984 (and was once sweet-talked by Starbucks) has set up shop on Adelaide, right next to Fire Station 332. Milano’s roaster for almost three decades, Brian… Read more »

Get an entire free lunch at Big Smoke Burger Get an entire free lunch at Big Smoke Burger

Next Tuesday—that’s February 17—Big Smoke Burger‘s flagship location on King West is reopening after closing for renovations last November. To celebrate, they’re giving away burgers, fries and fountain drinks for free to anyone who shows up. Customers will be able to choose from a four-ounce classic burger or cheeseburger. Each will be served with ‘the works’ (iceberg lettuce, tomato,… Read more »

Review: At King West’s Wilbur Mexicana, grilled veggies are the way to go Review: At King West’s Wilbur Mexicana, grilled veggies are the way to go

Wilbur Mexicana 552 King St. W., 416-792-1878 Wilbur Mexicana 552 King St. W., 416-792-1878 We’ve updated our star ratings system since this article was first published. Read more about the change here, and find the up-to-date rating in our restaurant listings. Somewhere on the spectrum between Mexican fast food chains and hipster taco joints is… Read more »

Review: Parlor Foods and Co. serves Canadiana (and oddly delicious cheddar ice c... Review: Parlor Foods and Co. serves Canadiana (and oddly delicious cheddar ice cream) on King West

Parlor Foods and Co. 333 King St. W., 416-596-0004 Parlor Foods and Co. 333 King St. W., 416-596-0004 We’ve updated our star ratings system since this article was first published. Read more about the change here, and find the up-to-date rating in our restaurant listings. Barnboard and burlap give Parlor a cottagey feel. On the… Read more »

Here’s where the new Libretto and Porchetta restaurants will be opening on... Here’s where the new Libretto and Porchetta restaurants will be opening on King West

Some things just go well together, like huge pork sandwiches and Neapolitan pizzas. At least, that’s the theory behind the upcoming side-by-side locations of Pizzeria Libretto and Porchetta and Co., which are getting ready to open at 545 King West, just east of Portland Street. (That location puts the adjoining restaurants in good culinary company—Buca,… Read more »

Sale of the Week: the King West loft that shows what $1 million gets you downtow... Sale of the Week: the King West loft that shows what $1 million gets you downtown

Address: 436 Wellington Street West, Unit 301 Neighbourhood: King West Agent: Dragi Dodevski, Royal LePage Your Community Realty, Brokerage The Property: An elevator opens directly into the den of this hard loft, which features original exposed beam-and-brick walls throughout, as well as 10-foot ceilings. It occupies the entire south side of the Monarch Building’s third… Read more »

Review: Portland Variety is a low-key surprise on clubby King West Review: Portland Variety is a low-key surprise on clubby King West

Portland Variety ½ 587 King St. W., 416-368-5151 We’ve updated our star ratings system since this article was first published. Read more about the change here, and find the up-to-date rating in our restaurant listings. This serene new tapas bar is a delightfully low-key surprise in the middle of the King West fracas. (Imagine the… Read more »

Introducing: Portland Variety, the new tapas restaurant on King West from the ow... Introducing: Portland Variety, the new tapas restaurant on King West from the owners of Le Gourmand

Name: Portland Variety Neighbourhood: King West Contact Info: 587 King St. W., 416-368-5151, @PortlandVariety Owner: Ralf Madi and Milton Nunes of Le Gourmand Chef: Jo Castrinos, formerly of Patria and Splendido The Food: For sit-down meals in the restaurant’s dining room, chef Castrinos borrows from French, North African, Spanish and even Greek cuisine to create a… Read more »

Store Guide: Da Zoo, a King West boutique with an impressive lineup of avant-gar... Store Guide: Da Zoo, a King West boutique with an impressive lineup of avant-garde designers

Name: Da Zo0 Sells: Avant-garde menswear, womenswear, accessories and shoes Contact info: 613 King St. W., 416-792-5050, da-zooo.com Hours: M-W 10-6, Th-F 10-8, Sa 10-6, Su 1-5 See it on a map » Da Zoo, the new store from habitual boutique owner Peter Halpin, exemplifies the kind of cool, eccentric vibe that independent boutiques excel at and corporate-owned… Read more »

Pizzeria Libretto and Porchetta and Co. to open side-by-side restaurants along K... Pizzeria Libretto and Porchetta and Co. to open side-by-side restaurants along King West’s trattoria-thon strip

  Remember when Pizzeria Libretto featured a delicious pizza inspired by Porchetta and Co.? Well, that moment of food nirvana is about to hit the city again, only in a much bigger way: Libretto and Porchetta are set to open new locations next door to each other on King West next year. Nick auf der Mauer… Read more »

Condo of the Week: $780,000 for a two-storey loft in a former perfumery on King ... Condo of the Week: $780,000 for a two-storey loft in a former perfumery on King West

Address: 833 King Street West, Penthouse 607 Neighbourhood: Niagara Agent: Elizabeth Machula and Chris Dawson. Re/Max Condos Plus Corp., Brokerage Price: $779,900 The Place: A two-bedroom, two-level unit in a 1930s-era perfume factory at King and Niagara.

Quoted: David Mirvish can’t believe the city won’t embrace his Frank Gehry m... Quoted: David Mirvish can’t believe the city won’t embrace his Frank Gehry mega-development

I’m bemused because I thought I would be welcome with open arms, and that there wasn’t a more appropriate place for this type of activity than this block on King Street. —David Mirvish, on the unproductive, year-long negotiations with city planners over his proposed condo mega-project designed by Frank Gehry. The city is balking at the King… Read more »