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10 most anticipated Toronto restaurant openings in 2014

Posted by Liora Ipsum / December 31, 2013

Toronto restaurant openings 2014The Toronto restaurant scene shows no signs of slowing down in the approaching year, and the most hotly anticipated openings promise to deliver notable expansions from kitchens and chefs that we already love, plus some new potential game-changers ready to whet our appetites. All in all, 2014 is already set to be an exciting year for food and drink in this town.

Here are the 10 most anticipated Toronto restaurant openings in 2014.

County Cocktail
The first of two planned expansions for County General in the new year. This new cocktail-centric spinoff will be situated in the east end, replacing the Canadian Pie Company At 798 Queen East. The new eatery and bar will serve coffee and casual fare in the day, before transitioning to tapas and sharing plates in the evening.

County Paradise
Later in 2014, Bloorcourt Village can also expect the County-treatment to take over the former Beirut Palace at 1006 Bloor West (including its sizeable patio) next to the Paradise Cinema (hence the name). Chef Danai Hongwanishkul (formerly of Canoe) will supply culinary direction once founding partner, chef Victor Barry goes solo in the new year.

Not just a humble sandwich shop, but an offshoot to this legendary steakhouse, this new take-away joint at 15 Elm Street will share the same commitment to quality as Barberian's Steakhouse next door. Arron Barberian and partners Pasquale Orgera and John Andrews plan to offer breakfast 'til late-night service, The menu will triumph generous helpings of made-from-scratch Canadian comfort foods like; peameal, fried baloney and meatloaf sandwiches, plus, there'll be poutines, Nanaimo bars and butter tarts.

Come & Get It
Always billed as a placeholder for an impending condo, this poutine/sandwich/salad joint closed up shop at Spadina and Queen this fall and announced it was finally moving to a permanent address at 676 Queen West. They've hinted the new location will even serve booze.

The two adjacent restaurants on King West between Bathurst and Spadina will still operate independently, but just the thought of this pizza-pork hybrid makes me salivate and start dreaming of potential menu cross-overs.

Nuit and Jeff Regular have already expanded Toronto's repertoire of regional Thai cuisine at Khao San Road (no longer involved) and then at Sabai Sabai and Sukhothai. Now, at this third restaurant slated to open at 18 Duncan Street, the duo plans to introduce the flavours and foods of Northern Thailand.

Red Sauce
This casual Italian-American restaurant will open in place of the much-lauded Acadia on Clinton at College. Ownership remains the same, though Lindsay and Scott Selland will bid adieu to Top Chef Canada alum, chef Dustin Gallagher and switch focus to a more casual approach. The menu will triumph affordable cocktails and familiar dishes like mini calzones and Parms done every which way; chicken, veal, eggplant on a roll, hero sandwich or platter.

Barsa Taberna
This new Barcelona-inspired tapas bar is slated to open at 26 Market Street in late January. The menu is planned to feature small plates, tapas and pintxos rooted in Spanish tradition but with a global spin. The opening menus from chef Michael Smith (formerly of C5, Gladstone Hotel not theChef at Home) will span brunch, lunch and latte-night featuring delicacies like cauliflower chorizo pancakes and sesame sweetbreads.

Apiecalypse Now!
This vegan bakery has been a fixture on the farmers market circuit since 2010. In the new year (mid-January) the bakery will open a brick and mortar retail source for dairy and egg-free baked goods at 589 Markham Street.

Buca Yorkville
Bar Buca is nearly open on Portland but what about this long-awaited offshoot planned for the Four Seasons? Rob Gentile's third seasonally-inspired eatery will reportedly be a heavily researched, seafood-centric, reverential-Italian concept. As for an opening date? I won't even hazard a guess.

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What did I miss? Add your most anticipated restaurant openings to the comments below.

Photo from the County General's Facebook page



Mark / December 31, 2013 at 11:28 am
"This new cocktail-centric spinoff will be situated in the east end, replacing the Canadian Pie Company At 798 Queen East"

Two streets East of Broadview is not the East End. And yet your lazy writers do this again and again.
sarah f replying to a comment from Mark / December 31, 2013 at 11:49 am
east of yonge is, technically, the east end.
and, east of the don is, most definitely, the east end.
i hope you stay in whatever bitter little end you reside in.
AV replying to a comment from Mark / December 31, 2013 at 11:54 am
Anything east of the Don Valley is the East end, deal with it.
Chester replying to a comment from Mark / December 31, 2013 at 12:21 pm
Deal with it........geography....WHAT!!!!
Lowrez / December 31, 2013 at 12:36 pm
Mark, you are wrong.
Lowrez / December 31, 2013 at 12:36 pm
It is wrong, what you said, Mark.
:) / December 31, 2013 at 12:54 pm
Mmm...latte-night delicacies.
Gary / December 31, 2013 at 04:05 pm
I grew up in Leslieville (before people called it Leslieville) back in the 60's and anything east of the Don River, was called The East End. Nobody used names like Riverside or Leslieville back then, to describe the area. That only became popular in the 90's. West of the Don, was Downtown. West of Bathurst, was The West End. Now that we've got that straightened out...
Chester Pape / December 31, 2013 at 04:32 pm
No mention of Agave y Aguacate?

Finally soft opening on January 7th?

It's been so long I've mostly given up caring but some people still seem interested.
Fat euro guy / December 31, 2013 at 04:57 pm
What ever happened to burgers priest supposedly opening on the queensway?
Geoff / January 1, 2014 at 06:41 pm
You can find Agave y Aguacate at the link below.Already open.
Mayor McCokehoover replying to a comment from Mark / January 2, 2014 at 12:20 pm
Anything east of Don is the East End, Mark...and wishing it weren't so won't make Torontoians change their minds about it. Just like there is life beyond High park and above Bloor, you're just going to have to accept it until that area fully comes into its own.
Mark / January 2, 2014 at 12:29 pm
"...back in the 60's and anything east of the Don River, was called The East End."

And in the 60's, it was. Then came amalgamation. The city's a lot bigger now.

So using "The East End" as a definition for everything in a 20x15 km area is just lazy writing.
Adam replying to a comment from Mark / January 5, 2014 at 04:34 pm
Common now Mark, its the east end. Amalgamation just changes the tax/legal structure not geography.

Chris / January 5, 2014 at 10:28 pm
Bar Buca isn't open yet. Fix this.
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Candace Pinkerton / January 8, 2014 at 12:13 pm
Now mention of Colette, the restaurant to replace Scarpetta in the Thompson Hotel?
Sarah / January 8, 2014 at 12:17 pm
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Mom Tarses replying to a comment from Gary / January 8, 2014 at 01:27 pm
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shermrothstein / January 9, 2014 at 06:09 am
Pastizza, the new spin off from Massimo Capra's Mistura... a casual approach to fine Italian cuisine. 2 years in the making... going to be aaaaahhhhmaaaazzzing
Gourmandine / January 14, 2014 at 02:18 pm
How about Smoke and Mirrors BBQ?

can't effing wait / February 4, 2014 at 11:18 am
What about Tabula Rasa?]
I can't wait for this Food Dudes resto/patio to open up in the Harbord hood!

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