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The Guild dives into the deadpool after one year

Posted by Liora Ipsum / March 26, 2014

The Guild Toronto ClosedThe Guild on Dundas West has gone belly up just a year after opening. The brunch spot gained early momentum for its decadent and boozy menu that boasted specialties like foie gras stuffed French toast and champagne cocktails. The business quietly stopped service last month amidst the lull of the winter season and has now been put up for sale with the hopes of keeping the concept intact.

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Magic Pony bids farewell to Queen Street

Posted by Aubrey Jax / February 24, 2014

Magic Pony West Queen WestMagic Pony has closed the doors of their West Queen West shop in a move that's taken Toronto's art community off guard. The vibrant, downright magical shop was the first designer toy store ever to open in Canada, and has been a creative hub on the street for the past 10 years. Citing changing times, Magic Pony is "looking forward to new adventures in the next dimension," which will hopefully include a new shop on the horizon, though no location has been announced as of yet.

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Scarpetta makes way for The Chase at Thompson Hotel

Posted by Derek Flack / February 13, 2014

Chase Thompson HotelScarpetta is headed for the deadpool. In a press release sent out this morning, The Chase has announced that it'll be taking over the Italian restaurant's space at the Thompson Hotel sometime this spring. One will recall that Scarpetta Chef Scott Conant rode into Toronto on wave of controversy after publishing an open letter to the city that was alternately perceived to be condescending and a carefully orchestrated PR move. There are so many factors that come into play when a restaurant goes bust, but perhaps Toronto never really warmed up to the star chef?

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Ole Ole flops after only five months

Posted by Liora Ipsum / February 12, 2014

Ole Ole Toronto deadpoolOle Ole, the three-floor tapas bar on King East that replaced Kultura, has shuttered a mere five months after its debut. One report on Chowhound paints a picture of uncleared tables, dead flowers, and notice posted to the door from the landlord seizing the property due to unpaid rent.

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Phil's Original BBQ smokes its last brisket

Posted by Jen Hunter / February 3, 2014

Phils Original BBQ closedPhil's Original BBQ joined the deadpool last Friday. College Street locals and barbecue fans will remember the restaurant as once being amongst the best spots to head for ribs or brisket, but it appears that the influx of new competition and now established BBQ joints (such as The Stockyards and Barque) hit this smokehouse hard.

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Global Village Backpackers shuts down

Posted by Staff / January 18, 2014

Global Village backpackersGlobal Village Backpackers, Toronto's popular hostel (in business since 1997) at the corner of King and Spadina, abruptly announced to staff yesterday they are closing. We're told the decision was made by the owner of the business and management were informed by phone. Current guests have been given to Monday to find alternate accommodations.

The news was greeted with shock and disappointment among the community of former and current (now out of work) employees and officially became public today around noon with postings to the hostel's Twitter and Facebook page. No reason was given except that it's "due to extreme unforeseen circumstances." We reached out to management (who also lost their jobs) for more information but were told any additional details would be unavailable until Monday.

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