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Caju to close after 10 years on West Queen West

Posted by Robyn Urback / December 6, 2012

Caju closingTime to toast with one final caipirinha. Caju on Queen just west of Trinity Bellwoods Park will end its 10-year run on December 22, when chef and owner Mario Cassini will cook up one last lombo and hand over his keys. The restaurateur will be headed back to Brazil, but vows to eventually return to Toronto with "new inspired ideas."

"It has truly been a pleasure to share my passion for my culture over the last decade and to have been part of the vibrant West Queen West community," Cassini says in a release. "While not an easy decision, an opportunity to sell the business came up at the right time, opening the door for me to return to Brazil to be with family, reconnect with my roots and look for new inspiration."

Caju first opened back in 2002, introducing the area to Cassini's take on the picanha and hosting the odd event for the Brazilian consulate. No word yet on who has taken over the reigns, but it has been confirmed that a new restaurant will open in Caju's stead.

Let the speculation begin.



johnsonstarfish / December 6, 2012 at 03:35 pm
This is too bad. Been here and number of times and between Caju and Delux, these are the two restos in the city that consistently serve up amazing food and service. Good luck on your new ventures!
Rob R. / December 6, 2012 at 07:39 pm
I have been several times -always stellar food and service.

Mr. Cassini.. you leave behind happy customers.
Happy trails.
Marcus / December 6, 2012 at 09:44 pm
The service was a mess and the food was atrocious! I will not miss the place!
kirsten / December 6, 2012 at 09:59 pm
Best wishes to Mr. Cassini. With respect to "Marcus"... have you ever heard the suggestion that "if you have nothing nice to say it is best to say nothing"? Just curious....
Za-Moon-Da replying to a comment from Marcus / December 6, 2012 at 10:56 pm
Yes child, remember what your mama told ya. If you can't remember what she said, just keep your claptrap shut cause ain't nobody trying to hear it.
free to speak / December 7, 2012 at 06:56 am
dear kirsten and za-moon-da....

just because something is contrary to your opinion and you may not like it does not mean that you can bully people (by using stale adages) into not allowing their opinions to be heard. marcus is entitled to voice his experience as does the rest of the world. yelp, for instance, is full of positive and negative reviews.

i am saddened that i never had the opportunity to try caju-i always meant to but never did. my loss i am sure.
Jeff Stock / December 7, 2012 at 05:32 pm
Hopefully he comes back with some Brasilian beer. The world for a tall bottle of Antarctica or Skol!!!!!
David / December 7, 2012 at 06:29 pm
A new restaurant, Cafune, has recently opened at 194A Carlton St, serving Brazilian food.


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