It takes more than great reviews, interesting food and prestigious awards to keep a restaurant running these days, it would seem. On Friday, Dundas West restaurant The Grove—topper of multiple best-of lists—published a sad message on its Twitter feed:
November 15 will be our final day of operation. Thank you everyone for your support. http://t.co/ygyfIx0Vb3 or 4165882299 to book.
— The Grove (@TheGroveTO) October 24, 2014
The Grove opened at 1214 Dundas West in spring 2012, and immediately garnered lots of praise for its elegantly abstract English cooking. News of its impending closure follows the demise of other high-concept restaurants in the area, like Ossington tasting room Yours Truly and Queen West eatery Ursa.
Meanwhile, cheap snack shops continue to abound, including three (three!) late-night food businesses that are scheduled to open within spitting distance of The Grove: Hanmoto, tucked behind Churchill bar, The Contender, a new sports bar from the team behind The Lakeview, and something called Junked Food Co. at Dundas and Dovercourt. A word of advice to prospective restaurateurs: finger food and Jager shots may be the way to go.