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This Week in Food: Mill Street Airport Pub, L'Avenue, and The Big Fish open, Te Aro and Fidel Gastro's host a throwdown, Matt DeMille leaving Enoteca Sociale

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


  • Chef Justin Cournoyer's new restaurant Actinolite (971 Ossington Avenue) opened to the public earlier this week. He is serving up a menu with Spanish, Portuguese and Italian influences.
  • Mabel's Bakery (323 Roncesvalles Avenue) is expanding with a new location coming to 1156 Queen Street West.
  • Leaside gets a new French bistro in the form of L'Avenue (1568 Bayview Avenue), run by Otto Zapotocky, formerly of Nota Bene and Malena/L'Unita.
  • The Mill Street Airport Pub opened earlier this week at Pearson's Terminal 1.
  • Queen and Spadina gets a chippie. The Big Fish has opened at 406 Queen Street West with a variety of fish dishes including chowder, sandwiches and more.


  • Chef Doug McNish launches his new cookbook on Saturday, March 31st at Eco-Existence (766 St. Clair Avenue West). McNish will be signing copies of Eat Raw, Eat Well from noon - 1pm.
  • This Saturday, March 31st, Te Aro (983 Queen Street East) and Fidel Gastro's pair up for another espresso/sandwich throwdown. $10 at the door gets you free coffee and beer for the evening and sandwiches will go for $7 each with a portion of the sales going to a kids-related charity.
  • Southern Accent (595 Markham Street) hosts a Sugar Bob Hoedown on their patio on Friday, April 6th from 6pm - 10pm where they'll be offering maple-infused food and drinks plus live Cajun music.


  • Basilio Pesce of Oliver & Bonacini has left Biff's Bistro (4 Front Street East) to open his own restaurant in Parkdale.
  • Matt DeMille will be leaving Enoteca Sociale (1288 Dundas Street West) at the end of April. No word yet on who will replace him.


  • Starting April 6th, Beast (96 Tecumseth Street) will be offering a Friday sandwich deal. Chef Scott Vivian will be offering meat or vegetarian sandwiches with a side dish and dessert for $10, with the idea that each week will feature the flavours of a different country. Available as take-out only.
  • The Drake Hotel (1150 Queen Street West) has revived their annual sugar shack on the Skyyard patio with a maple-infused menu of snacks and cocktails.
  • Happy Anniversary to Centro (2472 Yonge Street), the restaurant celebrates 25 years in business this year. Plans are in the works for a blow-out party in November - get yourself on the mailing list.
  • Cardinal Rule (5 Roncesvalles Avenue) unveils their new expanded menu today. They're also planning on being open for brunch on Good Friday (April 6th).

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

Photo by Dan Cronin

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