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- Dolly's opens today at 1285 Bloor St. W. where Bloordale fave Whippoorwill once stood. Chef Dave Sidhu's Playa Cabana team is behind this eatery, which may very well be Toronto's (and Canada's) first Filipino mojito bar and panciteria (pancit are Filipino noodles). Its regular menu starts at 5pm and a late-night menu is available from 11pm to close.
- Jackpot Chicken Rice is now open at 318 Spadina Ave., in the space that was previously occupied by Lucky Red. This new Chinatown spot from Patois chef Craig Wong and his team claims to be Toronto's first restaurant dedicated to Hainanese chicken rice.
- Ji, a new-concept casual Indian pub from the owners of Pukka opened yesterday at 760 St. Clair Ave. W. in what was their short-lived modern French bistro Concession Road. Let's hope this one sticks around for a little longer, as it sounds enticing.
- Food writer Amy Rosen's new bakery also opened yesterday at 825 College St. Rosen's Cinnamon Buns will offer up freshly baked treats (and maybe even some good "bun" puns) Wednesdays to Sundays, from 8am-4pm.
- Mika Fresh is open at 2889 Dufferin St. in North York, serving up grab-and-go modern Mediterranean cuisine in a bright and welcoming shop.
- FAMO Sandwiches, which bills itself as a "sea to farm" shop, will open on Sherbourne the first week of November.
- Kensington Market is getting a new brunch and lunch destination called the Pow Wow Cafe.
This month, one of Toronto's longest serving bartenders will retire. Joe Gomes, as the Toronto Star reports, has been working at the Park Hyatt's Roof Lounge for the past 57 years. He's leaving his post on October 28 and has plans to open a bed and breakfast in Madeira, Portugal where he's originally from.
In a Facebook post, the Harbord Room team explains why they're shutting down. "It wasn't easy coming to this conclusion but we feel it's for the best. The Harbord Room was always an owner operated restaurant, you could always find Cory [Vitiello] in the kitchen or Dave [Mitton] behind the bar most nights of the week," reads the post.
The restaurants near the Rogers Centre are pretty happy with the Blue Jays right now because they generally get slammed both before and after home games - no one wants to pay stadium prices, right?