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10 notable Toronto businesses that closed in May

May might have been a great month for openings in Toronto, but there are just as many notable closures to report. While some are just shuffling down the street to make way for new developments, others are gone for good.

Here's a roundup of Toronto businesses that closed this past month.

Two Bite Saloon
The slider-centric snack bar in Bloorcourt went out with an AYCE hog roast before closing its doors on the first of the month.

Farmer's Daughter
The child of Farmhouse Tavern shut down on its second anniversary. Owner Darcy MacDonell sold the Junction Triangle restaurant and it's weeks away from becoming Love Chix, a new fast-casual spot serving up roasted chicken, porchetta, brunch and other comforting fare.

Union Juice
The juice bar with locations on John Street and in the Annex suddenly shuttered. When reached via email, company rep commented said, "For most people, a juice or a smoothie is a treat that some might indulge in one or twice a week, not daily."

No Frills at Coxwell and Gerrard
The grocery store in Little India left shoppers stranded when it unexpectedly closed mid-month for building repairs and renovations. The closure won't be permanent, but until it reopens, residents have been redirected to the location at Carlaw and Gerrard.

Drift Bar
The bar at Bloor and Havelock has quietly ceased operations and is now sporting a "for rent sign" in the window.

Valdez
This full-time Latin street party on King West shut down to make way for condos. While the glorious rooftop patio won't be an option this summer, the restaurant is expected to reopen in a much grander, four-storey space at 485 King St. W.

Sushi Bar Sushiya
The sushi bar from the same folks behind Zakkushi and Ramen Raijin closed its doors on May 15. The company website indicates that a new concept is in the works.

Big Slice
The greasy late night pizza joint on Yonge closed its doors this month to make way for a new condo development. Quelle surprise? Don't be too gutted because word on the street is that it'll be reopening just down the street.

Vertical
This luxurious restaurant in First Canadian Place closed its doors this month after a 10-and-a-half year run.

Spiceman Mexicana
The Mexican eatery hasn't been able to shake the curse of rapid restaurant turn-over that's plagued this College and Clinton address.

Photo of Farmer's Daughter by Jesse Milns.


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