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Toronto Restaurant Openings: 650 Cafe Bistro, Oxygen, Montecito, M'Zaar, California Sandwiches

Posted by Liora Ipsum / March 13, 2014

gwailoToronto 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.


  • 650 Cafe Bistro opened a second outpost this week in Cabbagetown at 194A Carlton Street, formerly Cafune.
  • Oxygen Restaurant and Lounge a new restaurant with a broad menu including sandwiches, pastas and smoke house specialties is now open at 35 Sheppard Avenue East.
  • County General East opens today at 798 Queen St. East offering breakfast, lunch and snack bar menus. [Zagat]




  • Less than a year after launching, Happy Child (1168 Queen Street West) appears shuttered and the website is down.
  • The North east corner at Yonge and Eg is about to undergo major redevelopment for a condo and in its wake, What A Bagel, Burger King and Boston Pizza are all closed. [Chowhound]
  • Five year-old Mogette Bistro (581 Mount Pleasant Road) is set to shutter with March 29th advertised as the last day of service. [The Grid]

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peter clarke / March 13, 2014 at 07:31 am
Working together to serve citizens--
Anaa / March 13, 2014 at 11:43 am
Happy Child had to close because they haven't paid rent in months and are in arrears to the tune of over $27 000.00. I don't get how a bar who is packed to the tits every weekend manages to mishandle their finances that bad. / March 13, 2014 at 12:55 pm
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Jer Baum / March 13, 2014 at 02:05 pm
You've got to try Jacksons Burger on Yonge street, they are absolutely incredible. Best new burger spot in Canada.
Drug Front replying to a comment from Anaa / March 13, 2014 at 02:41 pm
I think that some (not all) of the people involved with this place were anything but on the up and up....
ode to California Sandwiches, in haiku / March 13, 2014 at 04:09 pm
Tasty Veal Sandwich
With extra peppers and cheese
Get in my belly
Sean Boulton / March 13, 2014 at 06:35 pm
The Boston Pizza at Yonge and Eglinton closing isn't related to the new condo development going up on the NE corner, unless they closed because they thought construction of that and the Crosstown would hurt their business. The footprint of the condo development won't be going that far east along Eglinton.
mike cooper / July 27, 2014 at 09:15 am
who else but Ivan Reitman can open a restaurant, fill it with pictures of himself and serve absolutely marginal food? The night we were there Ivan roams the room like a portly deli owner greeting guests and raving about himself. The bloated room is half full and the food is bland and instantly forgettable. I'm sure TIFF will give it a boost but this instead of focusing on taste and the popular cuisine of California ie The Ivy or Craigs - this is Hardrock meets Olive Garden. You will love the cheesy window videos of stock footage of montecito - oy, not good.
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