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The Month That Was


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

Clearly, Momofuku Toronto was September’s biggest opening in Toronto (Image: Renée Suen)


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The Rosebud up for grabs at $95K

Chef Rod Bowers is hoping to sell his Queen West restaurant The Rosebud by March 1—four days before his wife is due to give birth to their new daughter.

“I’m going to take some time off and see what it’s like to be a dad,” says Bowers, who has put the restaurant on the market at a shockingly low $95,000. “I’ve been in the kitchen since I was 18, so we’ll see how it goes. It’s time to step back. The Rosebud is great and all, but it’ll be great for someone else to take over.” Bowers’ other restaurant, The Citizen, was sold to star chef Lynn Crawford and Cherie Stinson in early January; the two are planning a March opening.

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The rumours are true: celeb chef Lynn Crawford is taking over The Citizen

Restaurant takeover: Lynn Crawford moves into The Citizen (Photo courtest of Google)

Restaurant takeover: Lynn Crawford moves into The Citizen (Photo courtesy of Google)

After weeks of tongues wagging over the future of The Citizen, the Star has confirmed rumours that Restaurant Makeover stars Lynn Crawford and Cherie Stinson are taking over and revamping the Riverdale bistro. “Lynn had been hounding me for a full year to sell,” said former Citizen chef and proprietor Rod Bowers, who also owns Queen West’s Rosebud restaurant. Crawford hasn’t released her spot’s new name, or confirmed whether her former Truffles protégé Lora Kirk will be coming on board. “The food will be about sharing the table, supporting local,” she says. “It’s about me working with the growers, the farmers, the fishermen.” Cherie Stinson, who works for the international interior design firm Yabu Pushelberg (they did Canoe and the Hazelton Hotel), plans to complement Crawford’s socially conscious food by creating “a relaxed neighbourhood restaurant with communal tables and eclectic design.” The restaurant is scheduled to open in March 2010, managed by Stinson’s husband, Joey Skeir, who is also a partner.

• A restaurant makeover of their own [Toronto Star]

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Lynn Crawford to take over The Citizen? Rod Bowers won’t confirm or deny

Rumours are flying that Lynn Crawford, executive chef at New York’s Four Seasons, may be returning to Toronto this year. TasteTO reported that the celebrated cook—who worked at Messis and Studio Café before going to the Big Apple—might be ditching her hotel gig and taking over a renamed and remade version of The Citizen on Queen East starting January 1, 2010. We contacted the restaurant’s chef-owner, Rod Bowers, to see if he could confirm or deny, but his response was evasive. “I also heard Jamie Kennedy is taking over The Rosebud,” he said. “I’m not going to agree or disagree with any of it.”

The plot thickens like so much meringue.