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2015 RESTAURANT Closings in Toronto? To June 30...

Segovia near Yonge & Wellesley is closed and is auctioning off all of the equipment http://principalliquidators.hibid.com...

I lived a block away from it for 15 years and never stepped inside.. Everytime I passed it, it seemed empty don't know how it lasted this long...

Non Summerlicious Outdoor Dining

Can you expand a bit on type of food, price range, location, number of people, etc..

2015 RESTAURANT Closings in Toronto? To June 30...

Hastings snack bar (Leslieville - Queen E & Hastings) has closed the owner has a sign out front that he has retired.

Rumour on the street is that the guys from the barber shop in the same building are taking over and are going to do a Pierogi place

2015 RESTAURANT Closings in Toronto? To June 30...

There are many restaurants that make a very large net profit in this city and there are many that go broke just like in any other type of business. There are also many other reasons to sell a business. Look at the Markey & Sparky split and Carbon Bar & Note Bene.. granted these were not the sale of a restaurant but a splitting of partner which affected the ownership of the restaurants. Illness, Partner disputes, better business opportunity, divorce, etc... can come into play as much as going bankrupt...

2015 RESTAURANT Closings in Toronto? To June 30...

If you had a million dollars would you:
A: buy a building that needed a million dollars worth of work and then not have enough money left to do the work
B: put your money into your business that you think will make you many more millions over the next few years while paying rent on the building

2015 RESTAURANT Closings in Toronto? To June 30...

if you are trying to sell your restaurant would you:
A: Underestimate the amount of money put into it
B: Give the exact amount you put into it
C: Over estimate the amount you put into it
D: Grossly overestimate the amount you put into it so that you can sell it for as much as possible

Custom Meat Curing Services?

Pretty sure it is illegal to bring your own meat though.. unless it is still alive

Father's Day recommendations ??

Here is a list from Blog TO: http://www.blogto.com/eat_drink/2015/...

2015 RESTAURANT Closings in Toronto? To June 30...

Leslieville Dinner suddenly closed this week with a For Sale sign on the window...

Monday night special restaurant near the ROM - Toronto?

Vinnie I think you have an antiquated view of how kitchens work in this city. Restaurants of the caliber that they are looking at do not have food sitting around for days waiting for busy nights and depending on many things chefs may take Monday off but they also be off Wednesday or Tuesday or Sunday. Maybe the sous chef who works when the main chef is off does a better job as he is trying to prove himself and maybe if you go on a Saturday the top chef is tired and bored and is just biding his time going through the motions. Maybe on a Friday it is so busy they are just sloping out the food but on a Monday they have time to make it extra special. Chefs I know would never recommend that you eat out on a Friday or Saturday or any of the "Amateur nights" such as Valentines Day or New Years eve because you do not get the kitchens best not because it is not fresh but because they do not have the time to do it the way they want.

2015 Food Events

Just thought I would mention that it is actually in Toronto at Böhmer Restaurant not up north...

2015 Food Events

The ROM is doing a series of "ROM Speaks - Kitchen Conversations" where they basically have a cocktail reception, a 20 minute historical lecture, food stations related to the area of the topic, a band also relating to the area and then a tour of the exhibit in question. The $50 admission also includes access the to Friday night ROM party on the main floor of the museum.

My friend asked me to help out last night as she was providing food for the event for the opening of the Pompeii exhibit. As Pompeii was just out side of Naples they had a Neopolitan food theme going on: Antipasti & Gorgonzola Dolce Latte from Pasquale Bros, Pingie Proscutto from Niagara, Arancini, Frittatina and mini Pizza Fritta from my friends place, Mr. Ciao, and finally Gelato from Hotel Gelato. The event was held in the old C5 restaurant space with great views of the city.

For $50 I think it was a great deal as you got a private tour of the exhibit plus food and access to the after party. Nice thing is unlike many street food events lately none of the vendors here ran out of food and there were plenty of service staff to clean up plates and napkins.

They said they would be doing more throughout the summer but they already have one booked November 4th: Kitchen Conversations: Neopolitan Gastronomy

"Celebrate the world of Neopolitan gastronomy with Michelin Star Chef Iaccarino from the Campania region. Chef Iaccarino's menu will bring to life the cuisine and terroir of the Sorrentine coastline of the Neapolitan region. Chef Iacacarino’s rare appearance in North America is sponsored by the Italian Consulate General."


Hidden Gems Close to Sheraton Toronto Centre Hotel. Any help???

Most of the places listed above are great... BUT if you are looking for a place that is more of a small neighbourhood pub that is a bit boisterous and wont break the bank... AAA Bar - 138 Adelaide St East is owned by a friend of mine (13 min walk according to Google) They have 8 local beers on tap (with one always being $5 per pint), $3 Tequila shots - wine list is not amazing but it is cheap :-) and the food is Smoked BBQ! Ribs, Brisket, etc. Last year a few of the Indy Lights teams seemed to call it home coming by several nights in a row.

R&D - New update. Photo and menu.

Looks like Joanne Kates hates R&D... http://www.postcity.com/Eat-Shop-Do/E...

Dr laffa closed?? Looking for Lebanese/middle eastern tonight!!!

If you want to travel for your middle eastern.. and pay more.. Paramount just opened a nice sit down place in Yorkville on Bay St - http://www.postcity.com/Eat-Shop-Do/E...

Business Patio Toronto

Oh I forgot one! Park Hyatt Roof Lounge - old school classy hotel bar with patio overlooking ROM & downtown..

Business Patio Toronto

"One" also in Yorkville but with the road under construction it may not be the best.

Colette in the Thompson Hotel.

NAO on Avenue Road - http://naosteakhouse.com/

Biffs on Front

Aria on York St - http://ariaristorante.ca/

Reds on Adelaide (Gerrard St one has the patio too close to the road for my liking).

Hot Chicken (a la Prince's of Nashville)

Wow what are the chances.. I may have to pay a visit and try it! got me curious...

Hot Chicken (a la Prince's of Nashville)

Never seen anything like this in Toronto but chicken & Waffles is getting big so someone might try...

Closest thing that I could suggest (but still not close to the original) would be to go to AAA Bar as they serve White bread with their ribs & brisket.. and they also do Chicken & waffles.. Ask them nicely for Chicken & waffles - hold the waffles, hold the gravy & hold the maple syrup.. add on white bread AND they have a large selection (20+) of hot sauces on their shelf..

Business Patio Toronto

This a daytime meeting or evening? As some patios that are quiet during the day may crank up the music at night.

You may want to look at Kasa Moto, Huge rooftop patio in Yorkville and they even have private "cabanas" available to rent.

To fellow hounds who are concern about MSG in Chinese or Vietnamese food

Salt is a safe additive to food, yet too much salt in your diet is dangerous to your health. Sugar is a safe additive to food, yet too much sugar will have life threatening effects over time.

MSG in the form that it is added to restaurant foods is a "Processed" chemical. I for one think people should avoid processed foods and chemical additives. If the bowl of pho does not taste good with all natural ingredients then the chef should try harder.

I put MSG in the same category as food colouring: do you want chemicals applied to your restaurant food just to make the colour better? Anyone go out of their way for Day-glow red sweet & sour sauce or neon yellow lemon chicken from 80's Canadian/Chinese restaurants (and some current chains).

When can we expect fresh strawberries in Toronto

Saw a bunch of the St Lawrence Market North Vendors have local strawberries today. $6 per small box they looked good but I was just doing a quick walk by..

Kasa Moto by the Chase Group now open on Yorkville Ave.

Old School

Just a note... no matter what you have heard or read.. Old School is NOT YET open 24hrs.. Brad Moore commented on BlogTO that the hours are evolving as they are getting their act together... http://www.blogto.com/restaurants/old...

R&D - New update. Photo and menu.

It was a TV show... It was not "All comers" it was a "casting call" where they did not pick just based on best dishes but who would make the best TV.. and reality TV is not all Real... You cannot teach a person with no cooking experience to be an executive chef in a few weeks while filming a TV show and expect them to be anymore than a figurehead... plus there is no Easter Bunny...

R&D - New update. Photo and menu.

And you should be able to say that about every chef in the city but we know that is not the case.. maybe he is also not trained enough to know to taste things as often as he should...

R&D - New update. Photo and menu.

Well maybe the winner of a "tv cooking reality show" may not be competent...

Kasa Moto by the Chase Group now open on Yorkville Ave.

Which bourbon was used? There are some very expensive bourbons out there....

Hooters has a $200 gourmet meal - 20 wings & a bottle of Dom.. I do not put Hooters down for serving it.. I laugh at the idiots who buy it...

I am sure your family member could have ordered a Gin & Tonic for around $10 but...

Kasa Moto by the Chase Group now open on Yorkville Ave.

Fancy cocktail prices are insane ALL over the city...

At Bar Chef they have this:

VANILLA AND HICKORY SMOKED MANHATTAN - crown royal special reserve, vanilla infused brandy, cherry and vanilla bitter, hickory smoked syrup, smoked hickory and vanilla

While upscale the ingredients are not super rare or that expensive.. yet this drink will set you back $45!

So 3 "Paper airplanes" (what ever that is) for $80 is actually way cheaper than drinking a fancy Manhattan at Bar Chef...

Kasa Moto by the Chase Group now open on Yorkville Ave.

lol, glad to know that state of restaurant hygiene in top Hong Kong restos surpasses my expectations...

I for one am looking forward to the food that Daisuke Izutsu will be putting out at Casa Moto.