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11 notable Toronto businesses that closed in October

A number of notable Toronto businesses closed this past October, including a few well-known restaurants and watering holes. It's sad to see the Hideout close up shop on Queen West, even though the street's a construction mess right now, and the Harbord Room will definitely leave a hamburger-shaped hole in the Annex.

Here are 11 notable Toronto businesses that closed in October.

The Harbord Room
The Harbord Room served its last hamburger and carefully crafted cocktail this past Saturday night. The beloved eatery closed its doors on October 29. Two of the co-owners Cory Vitiello and Chris Shiki now run local mini chain Flock.

Hideout
This watering hole, music venue and dance party destination closed its doors at the end of October. It looks like a Taco Bell might replace it.

The Bristol
It's out with the British-style pub food and in with a German-inspired beer hall at the base of the Great Hall. The Bristol may have shut down, but its replacement looks pretty exciting.

Good Music
The number of record stores in Toronto is dwindling, especially after Good Music closed its doors this month. It apparently sold its stock to the 25-year-old Rotate This.

Far Niente
Far Niente, along with Four and Petit Four, closed this month. These three spots in the Financial District will leave a hole at 187 Bay St.

Oats & Ivy
Oats & Ivy started out as a delivery service and graduated to a storefront in Liberty Village. Unfortunately, the bricks and mortar location, known for its fresh lunches, closed on October 14.

Dantes
The feud between Dantes and its original owners, who now run Paoletti's, has come to an end, the Toronto Star reported earlier this month.

Shio
This sashimi and tapas bar at College and Ossington quietly closed down. Southern Accent will be moving in when it has to leave its Mirvish Village location.

Bar Volo
We're still not over the fact that the original Bar Volo closed at the very beginning of October. Thankfully, we have Birreria Volo to tide us over until the new Bar Volo emerges on Church Street.

Chelo & Co
This Persian joint near Trinity Bellwoods on West Queen West shut down. Since then, Sammich has opened up on this trendy street.

Backwoods Smokehouse
This meaty restaurant took over the old Red Sauce space. However, like its predecessor, it wasn't able to hang on in this tricky location just north of College Street. Now, Doma's replaced it.

What did I miss? Let us know in the comments.

Photo of the Hideout by Laurence.


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