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Toronto Restaurant Openings: Yakitori Kintori, The Irv, The Derby, OG Grill, BYBLOS, Carl's Jr.

Posted by Liora Ipsum / March 6, 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.


  • Yakitori Kintori, a new skewered-meat snack bar from the team behind Guu is now in soft opening mode on the second floor above Kinton Ramen at 668 Bloor Street West.
  • The Irv Gastro Pub is now open at 195 Carlton Street, the address previously occupied by Fare Game. Expect this to be a prime St. Patty's day destination.
  • Handsome new drinkery, DW Alexander celebrates its grand opening today, Thursday, March 6th at 19 Church Street.
  • Cheap eats Greek restaurant, The Original Gyro Grill aka "OG Grill" has opened in the 362 Bloor Street complex (technically on Walmer Road).



  • Charles Khabouth and Hanif Harji, the duo behind Patria and Weslodge Saloon, are soon to open BYBLOS, the latest Eastern Mediterranean restaurant to enter Toronto's flourishing Mid-East dining scene. The new spot is located at 11 Duncan Street in the Storys Building.
  • It's All GRK is expanding to the Annex taking over the address of recently shuttered KO Burgers at 366 Bloor at Spadina. Gyro turf wars are heating up! Notice how this address is just doors down from the OG Grill.
  • Something called The Derby is moving into the old Portuguese spot at 1516 Dundas Street West.
  • Carl's Jr., the charbroiled burger chain that one Chowhounder aptly called "the U.S.'s raunchiest", is coming to Canada. [Toronto Star]


  • French patisserie, Patachou bids adieu to its loyal following on May 3rd. Both the Summerhill location at 1120 Yonge Street and the newish spot at 835 St. Clair West are closing. [The Grid]
  • Railee's Diner at 133 Manville Road in Scarborough has closed citing slow business. [Chowhound]

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David / March 6, 2014 at 01:15 am
Went to the Irv on opening night. Lamb shanks were terrific, service was good and many customers.
That being said, the location has been problematic and lots of competition from Stout Irish Pub, Hey Lucy, House on Parliament and the Local Gest.
Ryan / March 6, 2014 at 06:37 pm
I second the thumbs up for THE IRV. The beer prices are very reasonable, and the food was very good. There are some opening day hiccups to work out, and personally I think the menu is a WEE bit too ambitious (I do applaud them for some interesting choices - but every now and then a guy just wants a chicken wing), I think these guys will stick around.

The staff really went out of their way to make folks welcome, and we'll return.
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Reggie Noble / March 6, 2014 at 08:52 pm
I went to Carl's Jr in Vegas after a night of drinking. Never again. The burgers are soooo greasy and unflavored.
Lorianne / March 8, 2014 at 02:47 pm
An Enzo pizza bar would be nice in the annex as we need some real pizza here. I hear they're opening in liberty though which is good I guess. Can anyone confirm?
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