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Toronto Restaurant Openings: Cote de Boeuf, Playa Cabana Hacienda, Nazca, The Candy Bar

Posted by Liora Ipsum / March 28, 2013

Playa CabanaToronto Restaurant Openings highlights the latest restaurant openings and closings in Toronto and also gives a preview at some of the places coming soon. Find us here every Thursday morning.


  • Côte de Boeuf is now open at 130 Ossington Avenue. The new butcher shop from the team behind nearby restaurant, Union offers a selection of meats from independent suppliers, prepared foods and pantry items.
  • Deli Downstairs is now open at 167 Bathurst Street, the former site to the Burger Press. The new no-frills take out counter offers coffee, soups, salads and sandwiches.


  • Recently shuttered Centro will morph into casual Italian eatery, Vita Sociale set to open mid April at 2472 Yonge Street.
  • Playa Cabana is slated to open a third location mere months after launching the still new Junction outpost. The new restaurant at 14 Dupont will go by Playa Cabana Hacienda and is hoping to open in May.
  • New to Toronto's roster of food trucks, Nazca is set to hit the streets this spring with a modern Peruvian menu featuring ceviches and tiraditos (raw seafood preparations).
  • The Candy Bar is set to open at 849 College Street the first week of April. The retail shop plans to offer chocolate bars from around the world as well as pick n' mix bulk selections.
  • Petite & Sweet is soon to open a second location at 718 Queen Street East, the former address of LPK's Culinary Groove.
  • The White Squrriel Coffee Shop is slated to expand with a new snack shop and breakfast/lunch kitchen at 507 Queen West (formerly Peach Bezerk).
  • Ganzi Toronto announced it's long delayed opening at 504 Jarvis Street is now slated for April.


  • As reported earlier this week, The Avro is shutting its doors at 750 Queen Street East after a three year run. The last, last call takes place April 26th.
  • Ghazale at 661 College Street is papered shut suggesting that it's seen its last days in Little Italy.

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skube / March 28, 2013 at 10:51 am
I think Ghazale is just remodelling, no? They've replaced the door and put in a ramp, plus they seem to be completely renovating the interior.
Adam / March 28, 2013 at 11:17 am
Wait, wait - the third Playa Cabana location is opening down the street from the first?
jameson / March 28, 2013 at 12:36 pm
While not included here, sadly the Fat Olive on Dundas by Ryerson closed this past week.

A very sad loss. I will miss their beets and the warm family service. RIP.
MrPotato / March 28, 2013 at 01:08 pm
Alimento has a new sign on the door for a new place owned by Liberty Group, dont remember the name but MsPotato has a photo of it somewhere.
CC replying to a comment from MrPotato / March 28, 2013 at 02:12 pm
Liberty Group is using the space to open a Toronto outpost of it's Chibo Wine bar.
Kathy / March 28, 2013 at 02:33 pm
Ghazale is not closed. Just walked by last night and the paper has been taken down, cleaning was in progress. Looks like they just upgraded a bit.
Paola / April 1, 2013 at 05:35 pm
The Candy Bar is located at 849 College St. at Ossington. Doors open Saturday, April 6, 2013 at 11am. Grand Opening celebration yet to be set. Hours: 11-7 most days.
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