Caju closing

Caju to close after 10 years on West Queen West

Time to toast with one final caipirinha. Caju on Queen just west of Trinity Bellwoods Park will end its 10-year run on December 22, when chef and owner Mario Cassini will cook up one last lombo and hand over his keys. The restaurateur will be headed back to Brazil, but vows to eventually return to Toronto with "new inspired ideas."

"It has truly been a pleasure to share my passion for my culture over the last decade and to have been part of the vibrant West Queen West community," Cassini says in a release. "While not an easy decision, an opportunity to sell the business came up at the right time, opening the door for me to return to Brazil to be with family, reconnect with my roots and look for new inspiration."

Caju first opened back in 2002, introducing the area to Cassini's take on the picanha and hosting the odd event for the Brazilian consulate. No word yet on who has taken over the reigns, but it has been confirmed that a new restaurant will open in Caju's stead.

Let the speculation begin.

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