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Toronto Restaurant Openings: Schmaltz Appetizing, Hoja LuWei, Henrietta Lane

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  • Schmaltz Appetizing has opened its second location, this time at the corner of Ossington & Dundas, in what was formerly a pharmacy.
  • Hoja LuWei, a Taiwanese noodle & bubble tea snack bar, has soft opened at 615 Bloor St. W. in Koreatown.
  • Onnki Donburi, a Japanese rice bowl spot, has also just soft opened at 40 Hayden St. (by Yonge & Bloor).
  • Less Bar, a venue booking events for queer, female identified, trans folk and/or people of colour, officially opens tonight at 834 Bloor St. W. in Bloorcourt. It also plans to focus on non-alcoholic drinks.
  • Quick-service restaurant Cali Mexican Grill is now open at 3250 Dufferin St., by Yorkdale Shopping Centre.
  • Bayleys is now serving coffee and smoothies in front of Chill Ice House at 82 Bathurst St. just south of King St.
  • Pilot Coffee has opened another outlet/coffee counter, this one on the concourse level of First Canadian Place in the Financial District.
  • Pilot Coffee is also available at the newly opened Pomarosa Coffee Shop & Kitchen, which specializes in Venezuelan arepas, at 504 Danforth Ave. (near Coxwell).
  • Urban House Cafe closed at Yonge & Wellesley last fall, but has now reopened in a new location at 718 Queen St. E. in Riverside.
  • The Beach House is now open at 1953 Queen St. E. in – of course – the Beaches.
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  • Henrietta Lane, a "cafe & drinkery," will be opening this fall at 394 King St. E. in Corktown.
  • Pollyanna, a restaurant from the same team behind Eastside Social and The Thirsty Duck, will soon be opening in what was previously Aprile Bambina Cucina at 1054 Gerrard St. E. (at Jones).
  • Bollywood Benny, which appears to be an Indian-style brunch spot, looks to be opening soon at 88 Nassau St. in Kensington Market.
  • Sidebar, a resto-bar at Broadview & Danforth affiliated with and directly beside the Danforth Music Hall, should be opening very soon. It will focus on modern North American cuisine, featuring locally sourced ingredients and dishes made from scratch.
  • Bad Pizza Co., a wood-fired and rock (music?) inspired pizzeria, should be opening this fall at 1216 St. Clair Ave. W. in Corso Italia.
  • FK Wine Bar by the (now closed) Frank's Kitchen will soon open at 770 St. Clair Ave. W. (at Arlington), replacing Prop.
  • It seems the The Rude Boy on Roncey is done; a sign on the window claiming that it's closed “due to a mechanical problem” has been up for months, a reader noticed another sign that was briefly posted on the door saying rent had not been paid and its number is no longer in service.
  • Stella, the bar in Bloordale that also served curries, is no more.

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