60 bars and restaurants that closed in Toronto since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic
Toronto's food industry continues to weather the debilitating effects of a citywide lockdown, but we've lost some legendary ones along the way.
Owning a business has never been easy here, and live music venues have been dropping like flies for years, but tack that on to landlord disputes, evictions, and government rent relief that just didn't come fast enough during the global pandemic, and it's safe to say Toronto's landscape will look a lot different in a few months' time.
Take a moment to mourn your faves. Here are some notable bars and restaurants that have permanently closed in Toronto since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.
After 13 years, this rock n'roll dive bar bid adieu in mid-April, just three years after being forced out of its original spot on Queen West.
This beloved tiki bar was evicted from its Danforth East location after failing to pay rent during the pandemic.
The wound is still fresh for the queer community who have called this iconic gay bar near Queen and Dufferin home since 2006.
Live music venues haven't been able to open at all since lockdown, but the permanent closure of this 25-year-old staple in Little Italy hits different.
After a decade, this neighbourhood pub on St. Clair West announced two months ago that it was lights out for good.
RIP to the tackiest multi-floor bar in the city. Croc Rock sat at Adelaide and Duncan for a whopping three decades, and pretty much remained busy the whole way through until COVID hit.
Toronto's trailblazing nightclub for trans women and inclusive parties, formerly Goodhandy's, closed after 14 years on Church.
The Liverpool F.C. Supporters Club will have to find a new bar to congregate for soccer matches now that this 23-year-old staple at Yonge and St. Clair has closed.
AYCE perogie nights may never happen in Toronto again now that this Parkdale restaurant has closed, and we'll have to live with that.
A month into the pandemic, this Annex sports bar was threatened with eviction after failing to pay rent. Looks like the landlord came through on their promise.
Bourbon-fulled nights at this Dundas West watering hole will live on in our memories. The sister bar of Sweaty Betty's closed after 11 years.
The bra-filled ceilings of this 19-year-old King West staple are no more thanks to a landlord dispute that also kicked out UG Loft and Tokyo Hot Fried Chicken.
The novel idea of low-waste cocktails wasn't enough to keep this Financial District bar going, less than a year after it opened.
The trailblazing Filipino spot that turned brunch on its head when it first launched two years ago has closed down its pink building for good. Farewell, silogs.
This beloved brunch spot has closed after 24 years, putting an end to this Shaw Street building's century-old diner legacy.
Toronto's first-ever raw food restaurant has closed its original (and last) brick-and-mortar on Dupont, which opened in 2001.
The loss of this diner feels almost surreal: after 63 years, we no longer have jugs of freshly squeezed OJ readily available in the legendary Wexford plaza.
Not being able to peak into the window to see (more importantly, smell) crepes being made fresh at this 18-year-old fixture completely changes the act of walking down Queen West forever.
Chef Suzanne Barr announced the closure of her diner on King East just last week. You'll have to go elsewhere to eat Afro-Caribbean comfort food while admiring civil rights photographs.
Thai restaurants are aplenty, but the establishment which arguable popularized the cuisine in Toronto has closed its Church Street location after three decades.
Buffets never stood a chance in this pandemic, and this AYCE chain announced that it was closing all its Canadian locations in late June.
Late night poutine culture has lost a real one. The West Queen West staple (the last of its locations) has disappeared from the fabric of the city forever.
There were plans to sell prior to the pandemic, according to this College Street snack bar, so its permanent closure came as no surprise.
The original location of this rooster-branded brunch spot has closed after 17 years, but its St. Clair location is still operating.
Students from Riverdale Collegiate will be going back to school (eventually) to a sad sight: the empty bones of the beloved cheap Chinese joint Yummy House, who penned a beautiful goodbye sign.
The beginnings of Cajun and Creole cuisine in Toronto was largely overseen by this Mirvish Village mainstay, but after 37 years and a recent relocation, the restaurant has closed.
It's been a rough year for this brand, which went from two locations (the one on Eglinton closed late last year) to zero after the most recent loss of its 13-year-old Riverside location.
This global chicken chain closed 21 of its Canadian locations during the pandemic including spots on the Danforth, Beaches and West Queen West.
This BBQ spot was locked out of their Colborne location by their landlord at the beginning of the pandemic, though the Beaches location is still operating.
People loved this Junction pizza joint and it showed. Following the announcement they were closing after 63 years, people lined up for hours to get one last New York-style pie.
After 60 years, this family-run corner staple closed its Little Italy restaurant to pure heartbreak. They do have a second spot in Etobicoke, though.
It was tiny, but it was mighty. Queen West's go-to spot for butter chicken and East Indian roti closed up shop on June 30. Lineups were. expectedly, out of hand.
The owners of this Etobicoke restaurant closed their establishment after nine years, citing concerns of how to operate while maintaining social distancing.
One of the very few places in Toronto selling Indigenous food closed up its shop after three years at Christie and Bloor, but say they'll find a way to operate in a new home down the road.
Opening up during the King Street Pilot, when restaurants were flocking from the strip, this Mexican restaurant has called it quits.The original Pancho in Kensington, however, is still serving up the booze.
After eight years, this Roncy restaurant called it quits in May due to the financial pressures of the pandemic.
The day before their 21st anniversary, this French bistro closed its Spadina location for good. Though the decades-old spot is gone, the locations on West Queen West and Leslieville remain open.
The airy Marche Restaurant and Movenpick Cafe at Brookfield Place nad Concourse Level ceased operations three months ago after withdrawing all operations from Canada.
This shining star of the Riverside community was just a humble, family-run Chinese-Canadian spot, but it won the hearts of locals with its sweet and sour delights and chicken balls for 30 years.
It's unclear what exactly happened to this iconically romantic Sherbourne and Dundas cafe. The red hearts are still up, but a for lease sign in the window means another broken heart.
This Annex spot for rolls and cheap lunch specials is officially no more after 13 years of serving Japanese eats at Bloor and Dalton Road.
Yorkville is short an award-winning organic wine bar now that this restaurant has closed.
Just two months after opening, the restaurant focusing on Korean royal court cuisine has closed its elegant location, despite promising potential for a one-of-a-kind dining experience.
There are still two other locations of this popular local pizza chain, though Dino did decide to close this most recent outpost in the Junction amidst the pandemic.
This sweet-smelling cafe in Parkdale shuttered its doors, almost exactly a year after opening on Queen Street West.
What promised to be a staple for fried chicken and live acts like bands and comedy shows came to an end far too quickly. The former pop up-turned-permanent restaurant on Dundas West is now gone for good.
Little India's local coffee shop and art gallery has seemingly vacated the building, by the looks of it, though word through the grapevine is it might reopen someday under a new name.
Our Instagram feeds will never be the same now that this Queen West dessert shop is no longer serving its Puffle cones.
The innovative bubble tea brand offering science lab-themed DIY boba closed all its locations in the city as of June 9.
You'll have to head to this patisserie's original Corktown shop for soft serve and baked treats. The West Queen West store has officially folded.
This cafe specializing in beautiful gluten-free eats has closed up its shops in Yorkville and Vaughan to focus on wholesale.
Nearly all locations of this Vancouver-based coffee chain are no more, including the only three that were located in Toronto at Eglinton, Adelaide, and Bartley Drive.
Queen and Spadina's macaron paradise closed permanently two months ago. Thankfully, their Markham headquarters are open for delivery and pick-ups, and their sister brand Butter Baker is still around.
The Annex's mainstay coffee shop closed at the end of May after 12 years of WiFi-free brews and meet-ups.
Their signature Cakelets are still for sale at the signature Queen West store, but Dufflet's uptown bakery closed its second-last location last month after 18 years.
If you never got a chance to try this world-famous Japanese cheesecake brand, your opportunity's lost. The only LeTAO location outside of Japan was evicted from its College Street store this April.
Cottage vibes are now relegated to the actual cottage now that this popular cafe and live performance venue has shut down permanently (after allegedly leaving the space in quite a hurry.)
Record-low sales forced this tea bar at Queen and Dufferin to close after opening in the Parkdale neighbourhood in 2016.
The once bustling hallways of The PATH inside FCP became a ghost town, which is likely why this bakery bid goodbye after nine years.
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