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10 notable businesses that closed in Toronto last month

Businesses that closed in Toronto include one of the city's few Ecuadorian restaurants (run by a beloved grandma) and one of Kensington Market’s oldest coffee shops. Plus, the Drake Hotel has suddenly closed its massive food hub on Sterling Road. 

Here are notable businesses that closed in Toronto last month.

Ideal Kensington

After 22 years on Nassau Street, this Kensington Market coffee fixture has closed its original location. The coffee chain still has locations on the Ossington strip and Sorauren. 

Cocina de Dona Julia

This city doesn’t have many Ecuadorian restaurants, and now we’re one less. Dona Julia, the family matriarch who opened the business 15 years ago, has decided to retire, meaning you’ll have to get your hornado fix elsewhere. 

Planet Dog

The doors have shuttered at this neighbourhood pet store at Main and Gerrard. Known for its “Spaw Packages” and fun pet toys, Planet Dog closed at the end of the month after 25 years in business.


This King West saloon has already been replaced by a new seafood spot called Pink Sky. Despite its popularity, parent company Ink Entertainment has decided to replace the restaurant although it's slated to reopen somewhere else.

Weird Things Antique Shop and Clubhouse

Bathurst Street’s emporium for weird objects and art closed on August 28. According to owner Jonathan Petersen, the shop had been floundering during the past year, which restricted Weird Things from operating as the community space it was intended to be.

Flora's Deli

Here for a fun time, not a long time, was this Italian sandwich bar operating out of Mahjong Bar. Now that the Dundas West bar is readying for reopening, the deli is vacating the space, though there are intentions to pop up elsewhere in the fall.

Super Empanada

The last day to get empanadas from this restaurant was August 22. Born during lockdown, Super Empanada took over the Tanto dining room with a new menu and signage. It looks like Tanto is reopening soon so Super Empanada is looking for a new home.

Drake Commissary

This 5,000-square-foot commissary from the Drake Hotel has suddenly closed permanently. After four years on Sterling Road, the huge space located by MOCA and the Nestle Chocolate Factory made an announcement of its closure with little notice in late August.

Dandylion Restaurant

A West Queen West staple for romantic dinner dates is no more. The 30-seat dining room from Chef Jay Carter wrapped up its last day on August 1 after more than six years of serving love birds. 

Double D’s

The last location of this deep dish pizza joint has closed, meaning the end of this brand as we know it. Double D’s Lakeshore outpost follows its location on Dundas West and the original on Leslieville, which closed in March.

Lead photo by

Hector Vasquez of Double D's

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