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15 notable Toronto businesses that closed in July

July was a tough month for businesses in Toronto. The city lost a number of notable institutions, including bakeries, bars and diners.. Neighbourhoods such as the Danforth, Leslieville and Church-Wellesley Village were particularly hard hit last month.

Here are notable Toronto businesses that closed this July.

Acko Lounge and Ho Shim
The Japanese-Korean restaurant in First Canadian Place, along with its take-out lunch counter, closed earlier this month with little fanfare.

Byzantium
The Village institution shut its doors this month after an almost 20 year run. The Glad Day bookstore will reopen in its place sometime next month.

Jim's Restaurant
This Leslieville spot used to dole out the city's best westerns before it shut its doors near the end of the month. The site is slated to become condos, meanwhile owner George Dafos is set to take over The Ginger Man restaurant at 1104 Victoria Park.

Lolita's Lust
After two decades on the Danforth, this Mediterranean restaurant shut its doors for good. Owner Sam Scanga is turning his attention to his Leslieville restaurant, Braised.

Me & Mine
This cozy College Street restaurant has been a neighbourhood staple since it opened in 2013. Locals will have to look elsewhere for brunch since the place closed on July 3.

Mother's Dumplings
The Danforth outpost closed this month, meaning east side dumpling enthusiasts will have to venture west to the original location Chinatown location to get their fix from now on.

Pied a Terre
Leslieville's source for quirky vintage finds, antiques and unique decor has moved sales exclusively online. Count yourself luck if you scored a deal as the Queen East store sold off its stock over the past month.

Rock Lobster (Queen West)
The last Rock Lobster location shuttered on July 2. The Queen West address is set to become a new collaboration from The Bovine Sex Club and the folks behind El Furniture Warehouse.

Silverstein's Bakery
This bakery on McCaul abruptly shut down after nearly 100 years in business. Silverstein's was the rye bread supplier to delis and sandwich shops across the city and will be missed.

Sushi Queen
The long-standing Queen West business, and purveyor of pink dragon rolls and avocado boats, quietly shut down this month.

The Cure
Formerly The Hogtown Cure, this Dundas West eatery known for its decadent brunch menu underwent a mini makeover earlier this year before calling it quits in mid-July. Posts on Facebook tell followers to stay tuned... we suspect there's something new brewing already.

The Other Juice Bar
The Fountain of Juice has dried up at the Danforth juice bar adjacent to The Only Cafe. It shuttered this month and now the bar is devoting its focus to beer, brunch and espresso-based drinks.

The Wine Swine
This "gastro wine pub" on Eastern Avenue proved short lived. The restaurant, which focused on brunch, pub grub and wine, debuted in February but closed down by July.

Zipperz/Cellblock
This gay bar closed right after Pride month, following 18 years in the Church-Wellesley Village. The building is slated for demolition and will be replaced by, what else, condos.

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