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Bellwood Bar & Grill joins the deadpool after 30+ years

Posted by Chris Bateman / March 1, 2013

Bellwood Bar and GrillThe staff at West Queen West burger joint Bellwood Bar and Grill have flipped their last patty. The joint, famous for its 16 oz. hamburgers and late-night eats, closed for good earlier this week when the building's owners - who are also the operators of the restaurant - decided to sell up.

A January real estate listing has the building and the two upstairs apartments valued at $1.5 million, the hefty price tag no doubt reflecting its prime location steps from Trinity Bellwoods Park. The sale is listed on the condition that the new owners take over the business too.

Bellwood (sometimes Bellwood's, though the sign says Bellwood) opened in 1978 and was operated by father-son team Tom and Paul Kiriakoulis. Have you eaten at Bellwood Bar & Grill? Will you miss their omelette sandwich?

Chris Bateman is a staff writer at blogTO. Follow him on Twitter at @chrisbateman.

Photo by Uncle Lynx in the blogTO Flickr pool.



Vandy / March 1, 2013 at 10:36 am
jimmy liked the burgers… sigh…
bittman / March 1, 2013 at 10:45 am
The owner of this place parks his fat Cadillac illegally ever single day in front of this place, just to the right of that no parking sign in the picture. Most of his customers are cops so he would never get a ticket or be towed. It was not unusual to see the fat caddy with a couple cop cars, all illegally parked, blocking traffic on Queen.
Aunt Jemima / March 1, 2013 at 10:51 am
This is OLD news!

That building has been for sale for several years now.
Left-Window replying to a comment from bittman / March 1, 2013 at 11:33 am
Wow! I'm really gonna miss this place! That top left window was mine, for nearly two years.

I had the pleasure of karaoke every Saturday night, noise outside every other night, people crowded at my front door smoking, etc. etc. But in all seriousness, I loved living there. Tom was my landlord, and while a very strange man at times, he was always so friendly to us. And a big shout out to his son Paul, helped us with things all the time!

And @bittman, Tom had an accessibility parking permit, which enables spaces that are not usually parking spaces to become parking spaces. Just needed to clarify and stick up for the guy!

I'll sincerely miss this place, the gritty diner was a refreshing against all the other Queen W. boutiques and cafes.
Nicole / March 1, 2013 at 11:47 am
"Deadpool" is so fucking stupid.
bittman replying to a comment from Left-Window / March 1, 2013 at 12:24 pm
Thanks for clarifying. I thought he was getting a free pass from his customers. I only ever noticed his sweet parking spot while I waited for the 501 every morning. Those long waits for the streetcar make me cranky as hell. You listening, Byford?
LC replying to a comment from Aunt Jemima / March 1, 2013 at 12:26 pm
The news is that the business closed, not that the building was for sale. Either way, this place was cheap and great.
Ren Bostelaar / March 1, 2013 at 12:51 pm
When I was still very new to Toronto five or six years ago I stopped in there for a burger one cold Wednesday night. The place was full of weird characters following a UFC fight pretty closely and the young lady serving me, Nina, went out of her way to show me some friendly kindness.

It didn't look like much on from outside, and the inside was barely any better, but the place had a genuine warmth I hadn't found anywhere else in my new neighbourhood.
Colin / March 1, 2013 at 12:54 pm
They're selling the property and closing the business on their terms, it's not joining the Deadpool ya ding dong.
Me replying to a comment from Colin / March 1, 2013 at 01:28 pm
Ah, but then it wouldn't be a sensationalised BlogTO "story" involving the evil forces of progress somehow tied in destroying small business, blah blah blah......
Colin replying to a comment from Me / March 1, 2013 at 01:50 pm
No kidding. If the property's valued at $1.5 mil., it sound like the owners are getting out when it's good. What a stupid headline.
lol / March 1, 2013 at 02:55 pm
Dammm... long live the 5 egg breakfast special for 5.99.... gonna miss this place a real diner , can't wait for another overpriced cafe serving Cambodian breast milk to open
Aaron / March 1, 2013 at 03:42 pm
Prime location for another $10 cupcake shop!
mike in parkdale replying to a comment from Aaron / March 1, 2013 at 04:27 pm
$10 dollars for a cupcake? that could get you a burger the size of your face at Bellwoods.
Nicole The Hater replying to a comment from Nicole / March 1, 2013 at 05:31 pm



Pee-wee replying to a comment from Me / March 1, 2013 at 06:45 pm
Me, if you don't like BlogTO's style, then I suggest you go elsewhere.

Personally, I love this site. It's informative and fun--minus the douches (and yes, Me, you are a douche).
Aaron replying to a comment from mike in parkdale / March 1, 2013 at 08:49 pm
Yeah but Mike, gotta ride this idiotic cupcake fad while it lasts. You don't want to go back to this time last year when nary a $10 cupcake could be found DO YOU?

After a few months, the space can be turned into $30 gourmet burger joint #547.. if that fad is still going.
Me replying to a comment from Pee-wee / March 1, 2013 at 11:22 pm
Pier / March 1, 2013 at 11:32 pm
Worked next door for a couple of years. Tommy was a character. They deep fried the breakfast sausage and used a full label of oil to make an omelet. I'm going to miss that place but my heart won't.
Joe Public replying to a comment from Pier / March 2, 2013 at 07:33 am
"They deep fried the breakfast sausage and used a full ladle of oil to make an omelet"

You know who also used a full ladel of oil? Your MOM. :)

(i kid, and i'm gonna miss them too!)
Pee-wee replying to a comment from Me / March 2, 2013 at 08:06 am
Is that all you can say? LOL.
Me replying to a comment from Pee-wee / March 2, 2013 at 02:23 pm
Come at me, bro! Come at me. Meet you in front of this place tonight at midnight, you pansy.
Pee-wee replying to a comment from Me / March 2, 2013 at 04:22 pm
Fine. I'll meet you there tonight. Are you just ugly as you are vulgar?

I'm betting you're fat and out-of-shape. lmao
TheRealMe replying to a comment from Pee-wee / March 2, 2013 at 05:31 pm
You bring the beer, and I'll bring the wine.
Me replying to a comment from Pee-wee / March 4, 2013 at 09:56 am
Well, Pee-Wee turned out to really be a Pee-Wee. I slugged him in his bread basket a couple times and left him for the pigeons. That'll teach him to be an internet tough guy.
Simon / March 4, 2013 at 07:22 pm
Nice enough place for a cheap breakfast, but their eggs were always burnt and bland and the owner was pretty skeezy. I remember going there to apply for a job and the waitress told me I'd have to put up with constant sexual comments and the occasional ass-grab. Sadly enough, pretty par for the course in food service.
Stace / March 9, 2013 at 01:37 am
Best hangover food ever. Massive quantities. The owner was such an unpleasant jerk but we always went back (years ago)
Simon Tarses replying to a comment from Me / March 27, 2013 at 06:47 am
Me. go back and suck on your mom's titty; it seems that you didn't get enough nutrients last time.
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decoderdm / August 7, 2013 at 10:30 am
loved the bellwood for the burger special and the frosty mugs and cheap bottled (import) beer and terrible cot colas. I always had my side of fries the size of my head and if i asked for gravy i get a jug.The waste and the sheer decadence of that place was great. It looks like the done right inn and squirrly's are the only dives left on the block and as of August 2013 some fancy
greek place is going in for all the short pant rollers and manicured bear beard crowd, can't wait to have my $17.00 piece of chicken and 10 panko fries.
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