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Toronto Restaurant Openings: The Contender, Essen, Hardware Food & Drink, Sutra Fusion, The Borough

Posted by Liora Ipsum / August 28, 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.


  • Sutra Fusion, a new Indian-meets Asian-restaurant, celebrates their grand opening at 113 Roncesvalles Ave. on September 1.


  • Hardware Food & Drink is coming soon to 760 Queen St. East, taking over the former address of Hardware Interiors.
  • The Borough is slated to open soon at 1352 Danforth Avenue.
  • Quinta (1282 Dundas St. West) is soon to be revamped as Essen, a new family-style restaurant with the same chef /owner, Leor Zimerman. Expect a September opening.
  • ZaZa Espresso Bar continues to expand with a new location set to open at 585 Church St. (formerly Java Jive Coffee & Tea Co.)
  • The Contender, a new spot from Jamal Watson of Unlovable and the folks behind The Lakeview, is in the works at 1155 Dundas St. West.

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Photo of the burger at The Lakeview.



Chris / August 28, 2014 at 07:48 am
You left out Essen.
freddie / August 28, 2014 at 08:17 am
Yes, what about Essen? Really curious about that one.
Smug / August 28, 2014 at 09:02 am
If y'all read a little more thoroughly....Essen is mentioned above starting with the name "Quinta".
Indian IS Asian / August 28, 2014 at 09:45 am
I'm confused about Sutra Fushion - they refer to it as "Indian meets Asian"? What does that mean? Last time I checked, India is in Asia, thereby making Indian food a subset of "Asian" food.

Unless India was recently made its own continent (or joined Europe) that description of the food by the restaurant makes no sense.
Johnny Appleseed / August 29, 2014 at 01:14 am
As far I know India is part of Asia. So it is redundant saying "Indian-meets Asian-restaurant"
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