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The 10 biggest restaurant flops in Toronto from 2015

The Toronto restaurant landscape continued to evolve in 2015, but the picture isn't always as rosy as it might be painted. While many recent openings look to have promising futures, there are also plenty of restaurants that opened to lots of buzz only to flame out before ever really gaining steam.

Here's round-up of some of the biggest restaurant flops in Toronto this year.

Ronnie B's Southern Kitchen
The first casualty of the year belongs to this Southern kitchen in Cabbagetown. The restaurant opened in September 2014 but was closed a mere four months later.

Oh! Original Hot Dogs
Maybe it was because they introduced themselves to the neighbourhood by shoving hot dogs through a glory hole? No one is mourning this loss now that Burger's Priest has promptly replaced it.

Buster Rhino's
Opened in April, closed by November, the smokehouse still operates successful outposts in the suburbs but couldn't kick it in downtown Toronto for some reason.

Baju
The smokehouse inside the Monarch Tavern fizzled out this fall when PorkNinjas pit master Jason Rees moved on to Wenona Lodge - likely saving them from the same fate at the eight hands of the octo-dog.

Citta
The Italian restaurant at CityPlace opened in January but quietly shuttered this fall. Its website reads that it's closed until spring for renovations but representatives at INK Entertainment confirm that they'll be "bringing a new dynamic and fun concept" to the space.

Del Ray
The So-Cal cantina opened early in 2015 but barely lasted six months. Loka, the new crowdfunded restaurant from chef Dave Mottershall, opened in its place in November.

Blackbird Bistro
After a slow transition from cafe to bistro, this Bloorcourt establishment (formerly the Rustic Owl) announced its relaunch in February, but it had already gone south by November.

Le Neuf Cafe
The Parisian Cafe still operates its original location on Clarence Square but the outpost in Kensington Market that opened in January 2015 was shuttered before summer kicked off.

The Vegan Duchess
The fast-casual vegan outfit at Yonge & Eglinton opened in February but closed up shop by October. The company has since transitioned into a raw vegan catering, juice cleanse and meal delivery service.

Lupara Table & Market
This restaurant opened and closed so fast, it was barely a bleep on my radar. This is after taking over the Queen and Dufferin address of the similarly short-lived Crepe and Co..

Honourable mentions go to the following: House Maison, Sense Appeal, Bywoods, One Love Kitchen, Sushi Kujira, Pain Perdu Bistro, Stixx Flare Kitchen.

What did I miss? Add more flops to the comments below.

Photo of Citta by Jesse Milns.


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