Queen West

Find colourful clothing and artwork at Nuvango’s new Queen West concept shop Find colourful clothing and artwork at Nuvango’s new Queen West concept shop

Nuvango got its start selling art-covered iPod cases (a.k.a. gelaskins) 10 years ago, and since then it’s evolved into an urban hub, supporting artists by turning their work into funky, wearable products (so far, it’s paid out over $2.5 million in royalties). Earlier this month, the organization opened a gallery-like flagship on Queen West. Upstairs is an … Read more »

Introducing: Alo, Patrick Kriss’s refined addition to the corner of Queen ... Introducing: Alo, Patrick Kriss’s refined addition to the corner of Queen and Spadina

Name: Alo Neighbourhood: Queen West Contact: 163 Spadina Ave., 3rd floor., 416-260-2222, alorestaurant.com, @AloRestaurant Owner: Patrick Kriss (Acadia, Splendido) and Amanda Bradley (George, La Grenouillere) Chefs: Patrick Kriss, Matthew Betsch (Eleven Madison Park, Splendido) and Nick Bentley (Acadia, Splendido, Canoe) Pastry chef: Cori Murphy (Patrice Pâtissiere, Canoe) The Food: The tasting menu–only restaurant offers an evolving five-course menu (with options)… Read more »

Store Guide: Convey, a Queen West spot packed with seriously stylish Australian ... Store Guide: Convey, a Queen West spot packed with seriously stylish Australian brands

Name: Convey Sells: International designer labels Contact info: 754 Queen St. W., 416-363-7676, shopconvey.com Hours: Sunday–Monday, 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.; Tuesday–Wednesday, Saturday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Thursday–Friday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Convey is Queen West’s latest cool-girl shopping destination. Despite being born in the ’90s, owners Jennifer Shotbolt and Daniela Figliomeni have a ton… Read more »

Patrick Kriss to bring refined dining to Queen and Spadina with Alo Patrick Kriss to bring refined dining to Queen and Spadina with Alo

Last November, ex-Acadia chef Patrick Kriss announced he was opening his own restaurant in Toronto. Alo is now slated to start serving guests at the end of July. For this project, Kriss has paired up with Amanda Bradley (George, and France’s Michelin-starred La Grenouillère) to bring refined but approachable dining to a city that’s seen its share of tacos… Read more »

Introducing: Stelvio, a northern Italian trattoria on Queen West Introducing: Stelvio, a northern Italian trattoria on Queen West

Name: Stelvio Neighbourhood: Queen West Contact: 354 Queen St. W., 416-205-1001, stelviotoronto.ca Previously: BQM Burger Owner: Andrea Copreni (Hotel Sottovento, Italy) Chef: Massimo Provenzano The Food: Northern Italian cuisine from Valtellina, an Alps-adjacent valley in the country’s Lombardy region. The menu includes snacks like sciatt, a type of cheese-filled fritter; meat (especially bresaola) and cheese boards;… Read more »

Queen West is getting a Rose and Sons Queen West is getting a Rose and Sons

Anthony Rose is at it again, but this time he’s moving away from the empire he’s set up on Dupont. His new spot will be in the space left empty by Swan Restaurant. Just as he did with the 40-year-old People’s Diner, Rose is taking the iconic Queen West spot and making it his own, while… Read more »

Pop-Up Pick: get Fidel Gastro’s sandwiches at Lisa Marie this Friday Pop-Up Pick: get Fidel Gastro’s sandwiches at Lisa Marie this Friday

It may not be food truck season yet, but on April 17 fans of sidewalk eats can get Fidel Gastro’s sandwiches from its sister brick-and-mortar spot, Lisa Marie. The Queen West restaurant is celebrating its second birthday tomorrow by selling 100 of Fidel’s $5 Philly-style roast pork sammies from its roll-up window between 11:30 a.m…. Read more »

Introducing: Peter Pan, a new take on the decades-old Queen West icon Introducing: Peter Pan, a new take on the decades-old Queen West icon

Name: Peter Pan Neighbourhood: Queen West Contact Info: 373 Queen St. W., 416-792-3838, peterpanbistro.ca, @peterpanbistro Owners: Marty and Noah Goldberg, Jessica Ingwersen Chef: Noah Goldberg, formerly of The Feasting Room The Food: Noah Goldberg calls what he’s putting out of his kitchen “refined neighbourhood food”: salmon roulade, bone marrow pizza, duck with beets and warm pig’s head terrine are some… Read more »

Peter Pan Bistro is close to reopening under new ownership Peter Pan Bistro is close to reopening under new ownership

After quietly closing last April, there are signs of progress at the corner of Queen and Peter. A sign in the window 0f 373 Queen West announces the second coming of Peter Pan Bistro, and the business—purchased by chef Noah Goldberg (The Feasting Room) and his father, Marty—now has a website. The menu hasn’t been posted yet,… Read more »

A new Chinese bao shop is coming to Queen and Bathurst A new Chinese bao shop is coming to Queen and Bathurst

Banh Mi Boys should brace itself for some competition on the steamed-bao front. Mean Bao is already beloved amongst visitors to the Village by the Grange food court near Dundas and McCaul, where it’s been operating since mid-2013. The food counter has a knack for being right on-trend—its menu currently includes steamed-to-order dim sum, hot… Read more »

Delica’s gourmet lunches are coming to Queen West Delica’s gourmet lunches are coming to Queen West

Anyone who’s tired of waiting 20 minutes in the takeout line at Fresh may appreciate this: the strip of Queen West near Trinity Bellwoods will soon have a new grab-and-go lunch option. An “Opening Soon” sign recently appeared in the window of 920 Queen West (the space formerly occupied by lingerie shop Nearly Naked) announcing… Read more »

This new Queen West consignment shop sells barely-used Louis Vuitton, Hermés a... This new Queen West consignment shop sells barely-used Louis Vuitton, Hermés and Dior

Garb, a new consignment shop on Queen West, is more discriminating than most. (Case in point: its website lists over 100 labels that it absolutely refuses to carry.) Shoppers can stop by to browse the high-end designer stock, which includes silk Hermés scarves, cute Kate Spade backpacks and chic Erdem frocks. Most items are steeply discounted—by up to 75 per… Read more »

Reasons to Love Toronto 2014: #25. Because Queen West is Blooming Reasons to Love Toronto 2014: #25. Because Queen West is Blooming

In this provenance-obsessed city, we swarm to farmers’ markets to discuss soil conditions with the people who grow our organic veggies and supply us with sustainably raised meat. It was only a matter of time before someone applied the same principles to our bouquets. That someone is Natasa Kajganic, a 29-year-old communications consultant who decided… Read more »

This new food shop on Queen West is a haven for allergy sufferers This new food shop on Queen West is a haven for allergy sufferers

Sensitive-stomach owners, take note: there’s a new store on Queen West that specializes in stuff that’s unlikely to send you to the ER (or ruin your new diet). The foods for sale at FEAST—which stands, a bit awkwardly, for Fabulous Eats for the Allergic and Sensitive Types—are free from most common food allergens, including gluten, wheat,… Read more »

Nine things you can get at Toronto’s new all-bacon restaurant (from least ... Nine things you can get at Toronto’s new all-bacon restaurant (from least to most ridiculous)

Two years ago, Bacon Nation combined two of Toronto’s great guilty pleasures—bacon and deep-fried fairground food—to much fanfare (and really long CNE lines). Now, brothers Andrew and Dan Motta have graduated from snack booth to downtown storefront. Bacon Nation will officially open on Canada Day, but we were curious to see what kind of bacon-on-bacon… Read more »