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Opening Soon: Frankly Eatery, Delight Chocolate on Queen, Hoops Sports Bar, Goodnight, Alimento Fine Food Emporium, Kimberley Jackson, Cafe Florentin, Grinder on Gerrard

Posted by Tim / March 20, 2010

Grinder Cafe GerrardSomething strange is happening on Gerrard between Marjory and Jones. This derelict part of the street near Gerrard Square Mall was best known for not having anything worth visiting with plenty of vacant storefronts and the shuttered Gerrard Cinema among its non-existent tenants. But now the whiff of gentrification is in the air with Great Burger Kitchen scheduled to open this week and a sign in the old cybercafe announcing that Grinder Cafe won't just be on Main anymore.

Hoops Sports Bar and GrillMeanwhile, at Queen and Tecumseth, the corner space once home to Vdara and Habitat has shockingly been leased to a sports bar. Hoops Sports Bar and Grill which some might know from its location at Yonge and Carlton is movin' in. I'm sure Downward Dog didn't see this coming. Now they're sandwiched between a sports bar and a massive billiard stick (Rack and Whack).

Alimento Fine Food EmporiumOn King West at Brant, the massive corner space formerly home to a big fur outlet will be transformed into Alimento Fine Food Emporium. Signs out front suggest the new spot will feature a cafe, cheese, meats, pizza, panini, pasta, bread and other baked goods.

Cafe Florentin LeslievilleIn Leslieville, in the old Blu Salon space, a second location for Cafe Florentin is expected to sprout soon. The original location is further east in the Beach.

Frankly EateryAlso in Leslieville, the Six Shooter Records space that became vacant a few months ago will soon be home to Frankly Eatery.

GoodnightWhat happened to Goodfoot? The high end sneaker store has closed all its locations including the one on Bay. The original Richmond West store now has a liquor license application on its window indicating that a bar or restaurant called Goodnight will be opening on some yet to be disclosed date.

Kimberley JacksonBack on Queen, on the east side of town, custom furniture maker/seller Kimberley Jackson is moving in next to the newish Pizzaiolo near Jilly's. Their previous store closed last year in the Beach.

Delight QueenAnd finally, chocolate lovers rejoice! A second location for Delight Chocolate will be opening at the end of March on West Queen West in the space that was until recently home to The Spice Trader and the Olive Pit (they moved further west). Now some of the city's best hot chocolate and fair trade, organic chocolate can be found a bit more central than the Junction.

Discussion

10 Comments

everything is nothing / March 20, 2010 at 03:30 pm
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Hoops - gone by the fall!?
maria / March 20, 2010 at 04:42 pm
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There's also a Firkin on King openin on King just east of Portland, north side
maria / March 20, 2010 at 06:59 pm
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South side, sorry.
Jimmy / March 20, 2010 at 09:52 pm
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ha ha blogto you make me laugh with what you choose to censor.
Allow me to rephrase what I wrote in hopes that it passes your bewildering standards.

"I believe the Hoops bar will succeed in that location because there are more than enough people in the neighbourhood who are looking for a simple beer and some sports. These people may not be cool in the eyes of many blogTO readers since many blogTo readers believe that Queen West belongs to them and their friends. However, this is not the case."
jb replying to a comment from everything is nothing / March 20, 2010 at 10:25 pm
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Let's hope
Gabe / March 21, 2010 at 12:34 am
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Hoops could succeed there if they get that big Patio going. Thats one of the biggest patio's on Queen West. Sports bars are successful just go straight south to king and you'll find the Wheat Sheaf and the Foggy Dew packed on games nights.

I welcome hoops diversity to my area, and hope to make use of that patio. I'm glad the spot isn't being wasted on another attempted lounge/fine dining restaurant. I welcome hoops, I've been to their location that's steps from the ACC - its good.
P / March 21, 2010 at 01:25 pm
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Any updates on the new restaurant opening at Bloor and Lansdowne? How about Haus - also recently opened at Bloor and St. Clarens?
Michael D / March 21, 2010 at 02:19 pm
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Queen West is played out. Queen East is where it's at. All the indy-organic-cool-quaint deliciousness without the pretense of Queen West. For those of us living in the East, our time is now. Please make an effort and support your local Leslieville businesses. Make it a goal to visit a new shop, bar or restaurant each week. New businesses will only be successful if they receive community support from their neighbours.
MrPotato / March 22, 2010 at 09:52 am
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Queen East is for potatoes.
Japhet / March 23, 2010 at 01:43 am
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I really enjoy the Hoops at Yonge and Carlton but that's mostly because of the staff and the regulars.

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