17 high profile Toronto restaurant closures this summer
Summer in Toronto was the final straw for a number of well known restaurants. Many on this list were long-established fixtures in Toronto's dining landscape, while others were short-lived but well-loved by local diners. Regardless, they'll be missed.
Here are the most high profile restaurant closures of summer 2016.
This Leslieville bistro closed in June and has already reopened as Barrio, a casual Mexican joint from Ted Koutsogiannopoulos, the original owner of Joy Bistro who also owns McGugan's, Aprile Bambina Cucina and the Loaded Pierogi.
A big loss for meatless eaters in Toronto, this all-vegan public house, known for its Brit-style comfort food, closed its doors before the end of June.
Rock Lobster's Queen West location closed in early July and has already been converted into The Dime, a new collaboration from The Bovine Sex Club and the El Furniture Warehouse restaurant group.
The long-standing sushi bar on Queen Street West closed in July. The restaurant was a favourite for its pink dragon rolls and avocado boats.
This Dundas West eatery, formerly known as The Hogtown Cure, was revamped earlier this year before calling it quits for good in July.
"After 5-gouda years we've made the very hard decision to close our operations," read the final farewell on Cheesewerk's website when it announced its closure. While gourmet grilled cheese restaurants may not be as plentiful as they once were in Toronto, there are still plenty of places serving excellent takes on this classic sandwich.
Fat City Blues
The N'awlins blues bar quietly closed its doors this summer and is the latest causality of this high turnover address at the northeast corner of College and Delaware. Huntsman Tavern, Red Fish and Mitzi's before that all met the same fate.
This Indian restaurant on Roncesvalles closed after spending more than 25 years as a neighbourhood staple. Signs in the window are currently advertising a cider house that'll likely open soon in its place.
This acclaimed cocktail bar at Queen Street West and Shaw joined the deadpool in August after a two year run.
Photo of Rock Lobster by Jesse Milns.
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