Cluck, Grunt, and Low is Going to the Abattoir

It's pretty busy most of the time, the patio is fantastic in the summer, and (in my not so humble opinion) the food is quite good for the price. But after a relatively short run, the popular Annex southern BBQ joint Cluck, Grunt, and Low is going deadpool - perhaps as early as tonight or tomorrow.

Fans, be warned. If anyone wants one last taste of their favourite lip-smacking barbecued goodness, perhaps they ought to change whatever plans they may have already had for chow this evening, and get over there before it's over.

Nothing on their website indicates that they're closing, and when I called earlier today their voicemail gave no hints either. Then I got a hold of a staffer, who confirmed that it was true. She recommended that I call before coming, even tonight, because food may or may not be served, and the doors could close for good at any moment now.

When asked about the possible reasons the closure, she hinted that this isn't a recession story, but that "the owners just decided that they didn't want to do it anymore." The fact that quite some time ago they closed the Bayview & Eglinton location should have been a tell-tale sign that things were not headed a positive direction.

Cluck Grunt, and Low was one of those places that people either loved or loathed. The top vote-getter in our 2007 poll of best new cheap eats restaurants, it certainly had its supporters (and it definitely had its critics).

What will I miss most? Probably their (oh so delicious) Mac 'n Cheese... and the hearty pulled pork sandwiches. What will end up in its place at the prime Bloor & Walmer corner location? Time will tell, I guess.

Tip of the hat to blogTO reader Richard K, who gave us the heads up earlier this week after a waitress filled him in on the impending closure.

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