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Kinton Ramen is heading uptown 

(Image: Dave Gillespie)

(Image: Dave Gillespie)

According to recent tweets from the restaurant, the fourth Kinton location will soon be opening at 5165 Yonge Street, near the North York Centre subway stop, between Sheppard and Finch. The Baldwin Village restaurant, which also has outlets on Bloor Street and Queen West, is following in the footsteps of ramen shops like Kenzo and Touhenboku, both of which have capitalized on their downtown success by opening spin-offs north of the Bloor Street divide. North Yorkers should prepare themselves for some weirdly competitive noodle slurping, including semi-regular timed eating events.

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No one wants to buy (or run) Sears Canada 

(Image: Imgur)

(Image: Imgur)

This hasn’t been a good week for Sears Canada. First, Eddie Lampert, the CEO of Sears Holding Corporation, tried to sell off his majority stake in the struggling retailer. Unfortunately, the auction attracted exactly zero acceptable bids, according to the New York Post, forcing the billionaire to fork over a $400 million loan from his own hedge fund. And now, the Globe reports that Sears Canada’s CEO, Douglas Campbell, is resigning after less than a year at the helm. Needless to say, the outlook for the department store looks pretty bleak, and people are noticing.

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European Quality Meats closing its outlet store 

European Meats

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The butcher, which has been in business for over 50 years, closed its Kensington Market location (now Sanagan’s) in 2012, forcing really devoted fans to traipse out to Etobicoke to pick up cheap steaks and souvlaki at the shop’s factory-outlet store. Soon, that won’t be an option. BlogTO has confirmed rumours that the business has been sold, and that the Etobicoke shop will be closing (a court document dated May 2014 indicates that the company has been involved in bankruptcy proceedings). The future of European Quality Meats & Sausages—and its huge production facility in Brampton—remains uncertain.

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Michaels is officially moving into the old Chapters space at Richmond and John 

(Image: Mike Mozart/Flickr)

(Image: Mike Mozart/Flickr)

It looks like we can officially stop dreaming about which cool international retailer will take over the enormous old Chapters plot at Richmond and John. Michaels, the gigantic craft supply chain, has broadcast its claim on the space by placing “Coming Soon” signs in the windows, according to BlogTO. It seems a bit odd that the vibrant downtown venue will be home to mass amounts of knitting supplies and fake floral arrangements—but on the bright side, non-crafty downtown dwellers will have a new spot to pick up inexpensive home décor items and minimalist storage cabinets.

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The Banh Mi Boys spin-off on Spadina is closed 

(Image: Caroline Aksich)

(Image: Caroline Aksich)

 

Lucky Red lasted barely two months, which has to be some kind of record in the restaurant-folding department. There seemed to be a few issues off the bat, the most fatal of which may have been that the snack shop looked, felt and tasted pretty similar to its sister (or, brother?) restaurant, Banh Mi Boys, which happens to have a location just around the corner, on Queen West. Earlier this month, the fraternal trio behind the restaurant—David, Phil and Peter Chau—announced that Lucky Red would be “closed until further notice,” but would eventually reopen “as a full-service restaurant and bar” after a period of construction. Based on the cacophonous din emanating nightly from Peoples Eatery just down the street, the trendy-snack-bar route certainly seems like the way to go.

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So Long, Red Tea Box 

(Image: Merriam H./Yelp)

(Image: Merriam H./Yelp)

 

Queen West residents will soon have one less window to gawk at. Red Tea Box opened 14 years ago near the corner of Queen and Manning, back when the West Queen West strip was still a dodgy place to loiter after sunset. The bakery-café was known for its dainty bento box lunches, exotic loose-leaf teas and fanciful window displays of multi-tiered cakes. Now, it seems the shop is closing due to the departure of a key staff member. Management left a detailed note about the closure in the shop’s window, offering up a few words of advice: “Remember to live more, and blog less. Take the time to notice the small, the shiny and the flavourful. Farewell and keep well. Perhaps we will see you in another incarnation.” [Via BlogTO]

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Sunrise Records is closing its two Toronto locations 

(Image: Sunrise Records Burlington Mall/Facebook)

(Image: Sunrise Records Burlington Mall/Facebook)

Sunrise Records is closing both of its downtown Toronto locations (the company has two stores on Yonge street, one south of Bloor and the other just north of Dundas). After Reddit users noticed an alarming sale, store employees confirmed that the indie music chain’s new owner has decided to focus on the brand’s London, Barrie, Brantford and Burlington outlets. The Etobicoke shop will also remain open, but both downtown stores will close their doors on November 15. In the meantime, record buffs can stock up on vinyl, CDs and pop merchandise at up to 40 per cent off.

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Mount Pleasant chipperie closes after 64 years 

(Image: Penrose Fish & Chips/Facebook)

(Image: Penrose Fish & Chips/Facebook)

 

When Roly and Marion Johnston opened Penrose Fish and Chips near the corner of Mount Pleasant and Manor roads, Louis St. Laurent was prime minister, George VI ruled England, and Newfoundland had just barely become a province (also, Martin Short, John Candy and Stockwell Day were all fetuses or newborns). Now, over six decades later, the little restaurant is shutting its doors. According to CBC News, the shop’s current owners, the Johnstons’ son Dave and his wife Rosemary, have decided to retire. Last week, they left this parting message on their Facebook page:

Since announcing the retirement of Penrose Fish and Chips, we have been overwhelmed with phone calls, emails and personal memories shared by our customers. We cannot begin to describe the feeling of appreciation we have for you, our cherished customers, in letting us be a part of your lives!

Regulars have almost exactly one month to say goodbye to the restaurant; Penrose closes for good on October 10.

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“Healthy” New York burger chain coming to Toronto 

 (Image: Brittany LeMire/Instagram)

Healthy? (Image: Brittany LeMire/Instagram)

Bareburger is a New York–based restaurant chain that specializes in burgers that are “healthy,” insofar as any stack of meat and bread can claim the right to that descriptor. (According to the website, all the menu items are free of GMOs and pesticides, and are 100-per-cent organic; however, calorie and fat counts appear to range from reasonable to KFC-esque.) The chain has a pretty sweet origin story: it was launched back in 2009 by a struggling businessman who started selling organic burgers out of the basement of his Brooklyn nightclub. Bareburger’s first Canadian outlet is scheduled to open this November, somewhere in the vicinity of Bay and Dundas. If the Toronto version is anything like the chain’s 19 U.S. outlets, diners can expect a mix of salads, sandwiches and customizable burgers with a range of patty options, including mushroom, quinoa, beef, lamb, elk, bison and wild boar.

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Deadmau5 and Disney are in a legal fight over who gets to wear the mouse ears 

deadmau5-disney-trademarkLocal EDM performer and former Purrari owner Deadmau5 has, somewhat surprisingly, not been sued by Disney over his use of a cartoonish mouse-head logo during live performances and on marketing materials. Or at least, he hasn’t been sued yet. The musician tweeted on Tuesday that Disney is blocking his attempt to trademark the image in the U.S. TMZ spoke with Mr. Mau5’s lawyer, who confirmed the news, adding that the logo is already trademarked in 30 countries other than the States. Deadmau5 has said that he intends to fight Mickey and company, if necessary, but the dispute has yet to develop into a full-blown court battle.

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Closing time for Red Sauce? 

(Image: Renée Suen)

(Image: Renée Suen)

 

The Italian sandwich shop at College and Clinton—formerly fine-dining restaurant Acadia—appears to have shut its doors after just six months. Owners Scott and Lindsay Selland told us last spring that they were aiming to open a restaurant with broad appeal. (“We had friends who didn’t get what we did with Acadia, but they would go to The Keg three times a week,” said Scott. “We weren’t reaching enough people with what we were doing.”) The gamble doesn’t appear to have paid off: a Chowhound user reported the closure last week, and BlogTO followed up with a photo of a “For Lease” sign in the restaurant’s window. Our attempts to confirm the closure with the Sellands were unsuccessful, but it seems safe to assume that Red Sauce’s days are over, at least for the time being.

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RIP Mr. Greenjeans 

(Image: Lynda W./Yelp)

(Image: Lynda W./Yelp)

 

The Eaton Centre restaurant’s popularity peaked around 1994, when a vocal jam session in the on-site Sing Your Heart Out booth was an essential part of any amazing fifth-grade birthday party. As for the food, who really remembers. (Well, Yelp does, which could have something to do with the restaurant’s closure.) Management shared the news over Twitter yesterday afternoon, thanking staff and patrons for 34 great years. Anyone born in the early 80s (or earlier) should start feeling ancient right about…now.

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Sukhothai coming to Dundas West 

(Image: Renée Suen)

(Image: Renée Suen)

 

Toronto has dozens of lackluster Thai restaurants, and just a few good ones—most of which are owned and operated by Nuit and Jeff Regular, the husband-and-wife team behind Sukhothai, Sabai Sabai and Pai. According to BlogTO, they’ll soon be adding yet another Southeast Asian spot to the lineup, this time on the trendy stretch of Dundas between Gladstone and Dufferin. The third location of Sukhothai, the Regulars’ original Thai eatery, will take over the huge space at 1442 Dundas West, previously occupied by short-lived brunch spot The Guild. For the area’s sake, here’s hoping they can make it work—decent Thai take-out is nothing to sneeze at.

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Real Estate

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Bloordale is evidently tired of being a strip-club strip 

(Image: Google Street View)

(Image: Google Street View)

The Star reports that a subtle but significant change is underway in Bloordale, the steadily gentrifying stretch of Bloor Street between Dufferin and Lansdowne. A group of residents operating under the banner of a new organization called the Bloordale Community Improvement Association has thrown its weight behind a movement to unseat the long-time chair of the neighbourhood’s Business Improvement Area, Spiro Koumoudouros—a guy who also happens to be the owner of one of the area’s best-known businesses, the House of Lancaster, a storied strip club where the menu includes an item called the Gang Bang Platter. Koumoudouros seems nonplussed by the opposition. “If I’m doing a great job,” he told the Star, “what’s the matter [with] the House of Lancaster? I’m in a legitimate business.”

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Andy Poolhall closes on College 

(Image: Andy Poolhall/Facebook)

(Image: Andy Poolhall/Facebook)

 

Any Torontonian between the ages of 25 and 40ish has survived at least a few sweaty dance parties at the Warhol-themed corner bar on College Street. The spot opened as Ciao Edie back in 1998 before being amalgamated with the space next door and renamed after the iconic pop artist. Unfortunately, Andy’s dancing days seem to be over, at least for the time being. According to a recent post on the bar’s Facebook page, penned by resident DJ Denise Benson, co-owners Michael Sweenie and Scott Lane have decided to step away from the nightlife industry because of a recent health scare. “They appreciate everyone who contributed to the nearly 16-year-adventure that has been Ciao Edie and Andy Poolhall,” writes Benson. “Thank you for the many wild nights, and great times had together!” There is a small glimmer of hope for Andy fans: Sweenie is apparently in talks with “a few potential new partners.”