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Toronto Restaurant Openings: Shishalicious, Bake Them Pretty, Portland Variety, Chino Locos East Chinatown

Posted by Liora Ipsum / April 17, 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.


  • Luther's Chicken is now in operation out of the kitchen at Churchill at 1212 Dundas St. West
  • Fat Pasha, the latest venture from chef Anthony Rose is now open and offering a menu featuring schmaltz fried rice, fattoush salad and mixed grill platters at 414 Dupont St.
  • Ed's Real Scoop has opened a new store at 189 Roncesvalles Ave.
  • Shishalicious, a new Middle Eastern cafe and hookah, lounge is now open at 235 Jarvis St. (at Shuter).
  • Kenzo Ramen's latest location is now open and dishing up noodle bowls at 671 Queen St. West.



  • Kupfert and Kim, the meatless and wheatless lunch counter in the PATH, is expanding with the opening of a new cafe location in Brookfield Place.
  • Chino Locos Burritos is opening another outpost at 368 Broadview Ave. (at Gerrard). The new spot is slated to open April 29th.
  • Portland Variety is now under construction at 587 King St. West. The new spot from the mastermind behind Le Gourmand plans to offer convenience foods throughout the day, meaning it'll function as a bakery and cafe early on before switching to a restaurant and tapas bar at night. [Toronto Life]
  • The Good Press, a new cold press juice bar, is set to open in the coming weeks in Yorkville.
  • Bake Them Pretty, a novelty cake specialist, is relocating from Vaughan to a new spot at 106 Harbord St.
  • Bywoods, a new dinner-focused spot from the team behind BOOM Breakfast & Co., is soon to open at 760 St. Clair Ave.


  • The Pantry, an Irish shop and deli at 1620 Gerrard St. East, has closed, and is in the process of rebranding as The Pantry Cheese.


  • Hogtown Cure (1484 Dundas St. West) now has a liquor licence - they're serving craft beers and cider in bottles or cans, plus half a dozen wines by the glass.

Have you seen restaurants opening or closing in your neighbourhood? Email tips to liora@blogto.com

Photo of Chino Locos.



S / April 17, 2014 at 08:13 am
Also, Torsh Catering Kitchen opened on the second floor of 705 College, and on the main floor there's signs saying that Yam Chops (a vegetarian..."butcher") is opening in June.
Marlon / April 17, 2014 at 08:48 am
Pretty gutted to see chino locos (the most overrated puke burritos) take over a great late night fixture
really eh replying to a comment from Marlon / April 17, 2014 at 09:52 am
safe to say you are clueless.
a replying to a comment from Marlon / April 17, 2014 at 10:55 am
if it makes you feel any better, the place has been closed for 1 year and half already. Chances are you haven't been in the neighbourhood in a while. Anything is better than a derelict store front.
Marlon replying to a comment from a / April 17, 2014 at 11:48 am
completely agree. It's just that chino locos actually made me nauseous both times I attempted to eat it and I eat everywhere. Also just going to miss my late night feasts cold tea was hoping something similar would replace it.
Greg Pinch / April 17, 2014 at 11:56 am
Ya, Marlon is really clueless. Chino Locos is considered by most to be the best burritos in the city.
not so much replying to a comment from Marlon / April 17, 2014 at 11:58 am
Chinatown 2 isn't the same as Spadina Ave.

Most, if not all of the few remaining eateries are closed well before is time for some "cold tea".

You need to stick to Spadina for your late night craving. Or hope convenience stores can sell it soon.
D replying to a comment from Greg Pinch / April 17, 2014 at 12:12 pm
Hmm. I don't think this is accurate either. They are odd and people either love or hate them. They aren't known as the best in the city.
?? replying to a comment from D / April 17, 2014 at 12:32 pm
Not according to your fellow BlogTo cronies.
They seem to think it is the best.

Marlon replying to a comment from not so much / April 17, 2014 at 12:55 pm
ya k thats my point though. that spot up until 1 year ago was the only spot in namtown for late food and cold tea that I've been aware of.
waelben / April 17, 2014 at 01:40 pm
I took the pictures of Shishalicious and I have to say that the place is great and welcoming!
Ah replying to a comment from waelben / April 17, 2014 at 11:29 pm
Horn toot much?
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