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This Week in Food: Fidel Gastro pops-up, This End Up opens, L.A.B. is deadpool, the Brewery Market returns, and other upcoming Toronto food events

This Week in Food rounds up the week's food news, restaurants openings and closings, chef movements and upcoming food events in Toronto. Find it here every Friday morning.


  • This End Up, the sandwich and cocktail cafe at 1454 Dundas Street West, opens today as of noon. They'll be serving a selection of sandwiches, burgers and cocktails.
  • L.A.B. Restaurant (651 College Street) closed suddenly this past weekend. No word yet on what Chef Howard Dubrovsky will do next.
  • Bistro 990 (990 Bay Street) will shut its door for good on March 17.


  • Fidel Gastro's will be hosting a pop-up tomorrow (Saturday, March 17) at Steam Whistle Brewing (255 Bremner Boulevard) from noon - 4pm. Sandwiches will be $5 each, and you can pair them with a fresh bottle of Steam Whistle.
  • The Brewery Market returns to The Stop's Green Barn (601 Christie Street) this Sunday, March 18, featuring new brews from Amsterdam Brewing, plus marshmallows and grub from Buddha Dog. The event runs from 1pm - 5pm, and admission is free (food and drink tickets are extra). This is a family-friendly event as well so bring the kiddies.
  • Also on Sunday, March 18, The Rusholme Park Supper Club (1033 College Street) is serving up a rib dinner with collard greens, potato salad and slaw. Tickets are $40 per person, and the dinner is byob.
  • Tickets for the next Toronto Underground Market taking place on April 7 at the Evergreen Brickworks go on sale today (March 16). Tickets will be $10 per person.
  • Beast Restaurant (96 Tecumseth Street) plays host to Olde Hunters Feast 2 on April 1 and 2. Featuring chefs Scott Vivian (Beast Restaurant), Tom Davis (The Stockyards), Steve Wilson (The Summit Golf & Country Club), Rossy Earle (Mysteriously Yours Dinner Theatre), Jason Bangerter (Luma) and guest chef Nick Benninger (Nick & Nat's Uptown 21 - Waterloo), the dinners will be comprised of a surprise menu featuring various types of game. Tickets are $85 and can be reserved online.


  • Vegan chef Doug McNish (Raw Aura, Windsor Arms) releases his first cookbook on March 20. Eat Raw, Eat Well will offer a variety of raw vegan recipes for the health-conscious.

Sheryl Kirby is a food writer and editor. Her musings about the Toronto food and restaurant scene can be found on her website

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