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This Week in Food: Kingyo, Cool Hand Luc, Stampede Bison Grill, The Artisan Baker, Junction Craft Brewing, Bellwoods Brewery retail pop-up, The Layover Toronto

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.


  • The Artisan Baker is now open at 1423 Yonge Street replacing the short-lived Le Panier Rouge just south of St. Clair. The bakery cafe features a locally sourced, handcrafted, and French-inspired menu.
  • Junction Craft Brewing (Unit 101, 90 Cawthra Avenue) has finally opened its tap room / retail location near Keele and St. Clair. Retail hours are currently limited to 4 to 9pm on Thursdays and Fridays, and from 1 to 9pm on Saturdays, but should be extended in the coming weeks.
  • Jazz Bistro (251 Victoria Street) is set to open in February. The live music club and restaurant takes over the site formerly home to Top O' The Senator.
  • Kingyo is the latest Japanese restaurant to grace Toronto. The Vancouver import is now open in the old Stonegrill on Winchester space in Cabbagetown. Fried chicken, urchin shooters and ramen (of course) are just some of the items on the menu.
  • Cool Hand Luc had gone deadpool. Today is the last day of business for the ice cream parlour that, according to this post on Facebook, has been evicted by its landlord. Go today to say goodbye and indulge in $1 scoops (while supplies last).
  • Also deadpool as of this coming Sunday is popular Parkdale burger shop Stampede Bison Grill. Rumour has it that a new restaurant will soon take its place.


  • The King Edward Hotel (37 King Street East) celebrates the season with a festive Nutcracker Afternoon Tea complete with finger sandwiches and pastries. This month-long tradition continues until the end of the month (excluding December 24th to 26th).
  • See Black Creek Pioneer Village (1000 Murray Ross Parkway) in a new light on Saturday, December 22nd, and take in the historic setting by lamplight between 6 and 9:30pm. Tour the village at your own pace and enjoy traditional foods like chestnuts roasted over an open fire, sugar plums, and hot chocolate or cider. Admission is $33 or $76 including dinner.
  • Take full advantage of any extra time off this coming week and hop-on the Foodies on Foot 501 Streetcar Food Tour. Trips depart at 11am on both Saturday, December 22nd and Thursday, December 27th, and offer the chance to eat your way through 6 distinct neighbourhoods.


  • The Depanneur (1033 College Street) has announced plans to add a Student Drop-In Dinner to their weekly event roster. To be held on Thursday nights in the new year, the weekly offering will see George Brown Culinary School students helm the kitchen.
  • Bellwoods Brewery (124 Ossington Avenue) hosts one last retail pop-up before Christmas. Stop in from 2 to 5pm this Saturday, December 22nd and stock up for your holiday entertaining and gifting needs.


The Toronto edition of The Layover is now online. Watch it here.

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