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This Week in Food: Hula Girl Coffee Truck, Smoke BBQ House, Rose and Sons, Sabai Sabai Kitchen, Skin and Bones, TUM, Soupalicious, The Stop's Beer Garden

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.


  • Hula Girl Espresso Boutique has debuted a new espresso truck that will thankfully be making the rounds at Scotiabank Nuit Blanche this Saturday, September 29th.
  • Chef Anthony Rose, of The Drake Hotel fame, has pinned down a location for the first of three planned Rose and Sons Restaurants. Annex residents can look forward to the new eatery at 176 Dupont Street, formerly home to the much loved, People's Foods greasy spoon.
  • Smoke BBQ House is set to open this October, bringing southern-style BBQ to 536 Manning, at Harbord.
  • Vancouver chain, the Cactus Club CafĂŠ, helmed by chef Rob Feenie, announced plans to open the first Ontario location next year at 100 King Street West.
  • Sabai Sabai Kitchen and Bar is slated to open in late October at 225 Church Street with Khao San Road chef Nuit Regular in charge of the new Thai menu.
  • Richmond Hill favourite, Ambassador Chinese Cuisine has closed its doors for good after 18 years in business.


  • The good people at Good Food Bus (a division of the Culinary Adventure Company) are Goin' Southern this Sunday, September 30th, with stops at four Southern-flare-filled restaurants. Tickets are $85 (and spots will quickly run out), with all proceeds benefitting the Daily Food Bread Bank. Get on board at the parking lot on the north west corner of Church St. and Colborne Lane. Each stop will also whip up a signature cocktail for food-bussers.
  • The Toronto Underground Market celebrates their one-year anniversary on Sunday, September 30th at the Evergreen Brickworks (550 Bayview Avenue) with a family-friendly daytime bash, followed by a 19+ evening event featuring 35 all-time TUM favourite vendors.
  • Warm up at Soupalicious this Sunday, September 30th from noon until 5pm at Artscape Wychwood Barns (601 Christie Street).
  • Also happening at the same time (noon until 5pm), just over in the Green Barn (601 Christie Street), The Stop's Beer Garden is on, with beer from Spearhead and food from Merguez House.
  • The Monforte Hootenanny takes place at the Purple Hill Farm just outside of Stratford on Sunday, September 30th, from 2pm until 7pm with a celebration of music, dancing and, of course, food. Tickets are $100 (children under 12 are free) and proceeds support The Local Community Food Centre in Stratford.


  • Matthew Sullivan, the chef behind Boxed pop-up dinners is rumoured to be taking on a new restaurant. Though details are scarce, the Skin and Bones twitter profile bills itself as a historic Leslieville warehouse turned restaurant and wine bar.


  • Red Fish (890 College Street) is now serving a seafood focused brunch every Sunday, with Saturdays soon to follow.
  • Watch Vice tour Toronto on the latest episode of Munchies with The Black Hoof owner Jen Agg.

Top photo from our review of Hula Girl

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