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Toronto Restaurant Openings: Tacos El Asador, Doma, MoTo Coffee and Snack Bar, White Lily Diner

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.


  • Doma, a French-inspired Korean restaurant, has replaced Backwoods Smokehouse in Little Italy and is now open for dinner at 50 Clinton St.
  • Now with more seating space and an expanded menu, long-time Koreatown fave Tacos El Asador finally moved across the street last weekend to slightly larger digs at 689 Bloor St. W.
  • MoTo Coffee and Snack Bar is serving up Italian snacks and hip drinks (third-wave coffee, cocktails, wine, cider and Ontario craft beers) at 1321 Dundas St. W. in the space formerly occupied by vegan pub Porter House and before that, Brockton General.
  • Sweet Addictions Candy Co., a new candy shop selling unique sweets, sodas, chocolates, chips and cereals from all around the world, can be found in what was previously The Lakeview Storehouse, at 1134 Dundas St. W., right beside The Lakeview.



  • White Lily Diner, a soon-to-be licensed, American-inspired diner with all-day breakfast and comfort food with a farm-to-table focus from former Electric Mud BBQ chef Ben Denham and his partner Ashley Lloyd, is soft opening this Saturday at 678 Queen St. E. in Riverside.
  • The Green Wood, a casual dining restaurant that will serve brunch, is set to open later this month in the space beneath Queen Margherita Pizza in Leslieville at 1402 Queen St. E. Prior ventures here have failed (Crate, Rakia Bar), but hopefully this one will stick.
  • Vaughan-based gluten/soy/sesame/nut/preservative-free vegan bakery and cafe Sorelle and Co. will be making its downtown debut at the Saks Food Hall by Pusateri's at 176 Yonge St. (at Queen St. W.) on Nov. 10.
  • Loaded Pierogi should be opening its third location soon, taking over a shuttered Coffee Time at 839 Queen St. W.
  • Tocino Boys is transitioning from a Filipino street food pop-up at the back of The Midpoint to a bigger space in La Porte at 214 Ossington, and should be starting up dinner service and weekend late-night eats very soon.
  • If you still haven't had your fill of poke yet, Poke Wrap will be serving up "fast & fresh poke rolls & bowls" by the Ryerson campus soon at 354 Yonge St.


Have you seen restaurants opening or closing in your neighbourhood? Email tips to editors@blogto.com

Photo of Tacos El Asador via tofoodgal on Instagram.

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