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Toronto Restaurant Openings: Dolly's, Jackpot Chicken Rice, Ji, Rosen's Cinnamon Buns, Pow Wow Cafe

Toronto Restaurant Openings highlights the latest restaurant openings and closings in Toronto and also gives a preview of what's coming soon. Find us here every Thursday morning.


  • Dolly's opens today at 1285 Bloor St. W. where Bloordale fave Whippoorwill once stood. Chef Dave Sidhu's Playa Cabana team is behind this eatery, which may very well be Toronto's (and Canada's) first Filipino mojito bar and panciteria (pancit are Filipino noodles). Its regular menu starts at 5pm and a late-night menu is available from 11pm to close.
  • Jackpot Chicken Rice is now open at 318 Spadina Ave., in the space that was previously occupied by Lucky Red. This new Chinatown spot from Patois chef Craig Wong and his team claims to be Toronto's first restaurant dedicated to Hainanese chicken rice.
  • Ji, a new-concept casual Indian pub from the owners of Pukka opened yesterday at 760 St. Clair Ave. W. in what was their short-lived modern French bistro Concession Road. Let's hope this one sticks around for a little longer, as it sounds enticing.
  • Food writer Amy Rosen's new bakery also opened yesterday at 825 College St. Rosen's Cinnamon Buns will offer up freshly baked treats (and maybe even some good "bun" puns) Wednesdays to Sundays, from 8am-4pm.
  • Mika Fresh is open at 2889 Dufferin St. in North York, serving up grab-and-go modern Mediterranean cuisine in a bright and welcoming shop.
  • FAMO Sandwiches, which bills itself as a "sea to farm" shop, will open on Sherbourne the first week of November.
  • Kensington Market is getting a new brunch and lunch destination called the Pow Wow Cafe.



  • Burger Factory looks to be opening soon at 265 Queen St. W. in the former Trimurti Indian Cuisine space, promising a holy trinity of Fs: "fresh burgers, fries, and funnel cakes."
  • Hank Daddy's Barbecue at 7777 Keele St. and Hwy 7 should also be open any day now, with its specialty being something called "the pulled pork parfait."
  • A new restaurant that will serve "local Canadian food" in a casual setting for lunch and dinner, along with weekend brunch, will be moving into 1402 Queen St. E. in Leslieville.


  • Shio, the Japanese izakaya at 839 College St. has bit the dust.
  • Persian take-out counter Chelo & Co. has also shuttered on Queen West and looks like it will be replaced by a shop called Sammich, which we can only assume will offer up...sammiches?

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Photo via Ji's Facebook Page.

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