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Toronto Restaurant Openings: Jamie's Italian, East Side Social, Pearl King, Saturday Dinette, Luce Rotisserie

Posted by Liora Ipsum / June 26, 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.


  • East Side Social, an oyster house and seafood-centric restaurant, is now open at 1008 Queen St. East in Leslieville.
  • Elm Tree Restaurant, a new family-owned and operated Mediterranean grill, is now open at 43 Elm St., taking over the former site of The Wolf & Firkin.
  • Pearl King, a new spot for dim sum, tapas and drinks at 291 King St. West, has quietly replaced Dazzling Modern Restaurant + Bar.
  • As reported earlier,Bunner's Bake Shop, the gluten-free bakery, has opened in Kensington Market at 244 Augusta Ave.
  • Completo is now in soft-opening mode at 5 Coady Avenue in Leslieville
  • Kinton Ramen 3 is now open near the corner of Queen and Spadina.



  • Saturday Dinette, dubbed a "modern diner for Riverdale and Leslieville locals," is opening soon at 807 Gerrard Logan Ave.
  • Luce is opening a BBQ take-away called Luce Rotisserie in the next week or so next door to the existing restaurant at 793 King St. West.
  • Rush Lane & Co. is slated to take over the former address of Hot Wings Grill and Rib House at 563 Queen St. West.
  • Pizzeria Libretto continues to expand, with a new location going in at 155 University Ave.
  • Jamie Oliver is importing Jamie's Italian to Canada with help from King Street Food Company, the folks behind Buca. The first of 10 planned outposts will open next spring in Yorkdale Shopping Centre. [The Globe & Mail]


  • Zocalo (1426 Bloor St. West) is reportedly closing this week; the last service is slated for Saturday, June 28. [The Grid]


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Photo of Kinton Ramen by Jesse Milns.



Oran Gleason / June 26, 2014 at 07:57 am
Zocalo? Nnnnnnoooooooooooo!!
Alex / June 26, 2014 at 08:58 am
No more Gwai Lo? As a white guy I have no problems saying that name was epic. Oh well, he'll still probably get my business.
lulu / June 26, 2014 at 09:21 am
anyone know if Pearl King is by the same people who do dim sum at Pearl Harbourfront?
Q / June 26, 2014 at 12:07 pm
Kobo Nobu Cookhouse is also set to open this weekend at Broadview and Danforth.
Sean / June 26, 2014 at 12:10 pm
He pussed out, should have stayed with GwaiLo, nothing wrong with it.
Whitey / June 26, 2014 at 02:57 pm
There was definitely something wrong with the name.

It might be clever and self-deprecating for a white guy living in Hong Kong to start a restaurant called GwaiLo, but over here, in a city full of authentic chinese cuisine, the message being sent was that he wanted to serve crappy fake-ass asian fusion food to white people who don't know better.
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