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Toronto Restaurant Openings: Cut The Cheese, Junk Bar, Tabula Rasa, Little Sister, Memory Lane & Co.

Posted by Liora Ipsum / January 16, 2014

Toronto restaurant openingsToronto Restaurant Openings highlights the latest restaurant openings and closings in Toronto and also gives a preview of what's coming soon. Find us here every Thursday morning.


  • Cut The Cheese at 2901 Dundas Street West is in soft opening mode as of Saturday January 18th, meaning 75% of the cheesy menu is ready to go.
  • The Spice Village Indian Grill & Bar is now open in place of Biryani House at 25 Wellesley.
  • The Pint House, a new sports bar is open now at 678 Yonge Street, formerly home to The Friendly Thai


  • Junk Bar a collaboration between Matt Blondin (ex-Momofuku Daisho) and food truck The Food a Dudes is opening at a still undisclosed location. (via Toronto Life)
  • The Food Dudes are also planning a solo venture named Tabula Rasa, slated for the former Momo's at Harbord and Robert streets. (via Toronto Life)
  • Little Sister an Indonesian snack bar from the team behind Quince is opening this spring at 2031 Yonge Street.
  • Mother's Dumplings is soon to have it's own offspring. A second outpost is opening at 804 Danforth Avenue in the coming weeks. (via Toronto Life)
  • Smoke & Mirrors BBQ is the new working title for the still unopened spot formerly dubbed Sammy's Sammies and before that, New Delhi Burger.
  • Ember Hot Stove & Social House is opening next month at 3039 Lakeshore Boulevard West.
  • A whopping six new restaurants from School's Brad Moore are planned for the new ART condos under the name Memory Lane & Co. West Queen West condo dwellers can look forward to Bar Bronson, The Soda Fountain & Ice Cream Parlour, the Brown Bag Bakery, Farm & Foodical Natural Foods and a pair of diners, Recess and Jiffy. (via Now Magazine)



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Jamie / January 16, 2014 at 10:28 am
It would be really helpful if you explained where the lead photo (aka the reason I clicked the link) is from. Thanks.
jeff / January 16, 2014 at 11:31 am
There is a photo credit at the end. It is from Food Dude's Facebook page.

"Photo from the Food Dude's Facebook page"
Wesley-Anne Rodrigues / January 16, 2014 at 12:16 pm
Can't wait for SCADDABUSH - a new Italian restaurant opening at Yonge & Gerrard.
Chester Pape / January 16, 2014 at 01:38 pm
You haven't figured out that Smoke and Mirrors (and it's never opened predecessors) is just an elaborate joke?
Jamie / January 16, 2014 at 01:54 pm
Dammit, and I thought I scanned it carefully. My apologies!!
James / January 16, 2014 at 06:15 pm
"Can't wait for SCADDABUSH" You mean that "Sir Corp Italian restaurant" between Reds Uptown (a Sir Corp winebar) and Dukes Refresher (a Sir Corp pub)?
hamgirlie / January 16, 2014 at 07:09 pm
food truck thanks I want to sit down and eat my purchase
Wesley-Anne Rodrigues / January 16, 2014 at 09:57 pm
Yes @ James, that's what I meant! :)
I(heart)cheese / January 26, 2014 at 12:15 pm
CUT THE CHEESE: GOURMET GRILLED CHEESE AND MAC N' CHEESE is a *big* disappointment. Instead of thick and creamy mac n' cheese with tons of cheesey flavour, and as advertised extras, we got runny-greasy-flavourless-empty mush! Ordered the Southern Comfort with buttermilk popcorn chicken on top, which turned out to be 4 rock hard dry little deep fried morsels that left us feeling dusty. The sourdough grilled cheese sandwich (no fixings) was small and underwhelming. The only thing gourmet was the high price tag for the extra small portions, maybe the 20-minute wait for our order (with only one other customer at the counter) was gourmet too? We left so hungry that we went to the Mad Mexican for tacos after.
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