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One of Toronto's favourite BBQ joints just closed

Say goodbye to another beloved purveyor of smokey meat in Toronto, friends.

The Riverside barbecue staple, AFT Kitchen and BarA, has closed its doors in favour of transforming the venue into "something new for the neighbourhood."

Owner Paul Campbell announced the news on Instagram early this week, prompting fans to mourn his steak frites and chill patio space.

Five and a half years ago it was time for me to open my first place we all know as AFT. It has been a labour of love for me but after careful consideration over the past few months and with a heavy heart; I have decided to close AFT. We will be undergoing a renovation as we transform the space into something new for the neighbourhood. This new venture will bring Aft’s cocktail guru Charlie Lamont’s vision to life for everyone to experience. It is time for me to pass the torch and now it is Charlie’s About F#%*ing Time. It is my hope that you will support him as you have me over the years. For those who like our BBQ program, fear not, a version of it will pop up, please follow aftbbq on instagram. You will still be able to catch me behind the bar at KT most days. As the reno progresses Charlie and I will let you in on what’s in store. Thanks again for all the support . P.C.

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"Five and a half years ago it was time for me to open my first place we all know as AFT," reads a message written by Campbell on the restaurant's website.

"It has been a labour of love for me but after careful consideration over the past few months and with a heavy heart; I have decided to close AFT."

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AFT Kitchen and Bar first opened at 686 Queen St E in 2013. Photo by Morris Lum.

Campbell says that the restaurant will now be renovated and transformed into something more booze-focused, while something to do with BBQ "will pop up" in the future.

"This new venture will bring Aft's cocktail guru Charlie Lamont's vision to life for everyone to experience," Campbell reveals.

"As the reno progresses, Charlie and I will let you in on what's in store. Thanks again for all the support."

Fans of Aft won't have to venture far to say hello to Campbell. He can often be found at his bar KT Bar just next-door.

Lead photo by

Morris Lum


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