Morning Brew: New census data tells two stories about Toronto, Zagat thinks Spring Rolls is our most popular restaurant, Sutton Hotel set to close, Leafs will play Red Wings in next year's Winter Classic

Finally! A brand new census to analyze for weeks. Yesterday, 2011 data was released to replace the 2006 figures. The first news bit to come out of it says that the GTA leads urban growth, increasing 9.2 per cent over the last 5 years. On the other hand, Toronto itself is lagging behind. OpenFile speculates that the differential could have to do with exorbitant real estate prices in the city proper — what do you think?

What would you do if you just lost a vote on your transit vision? Well, if you're Rob Ford, you ride the rails. Accompanied by one of his assistants, the mayor was spotted talking to his constituents on the TTC early into the morning. Perhaps it calms his nerves?

Can you guess Toronto's most popular restaurant according to Zagat? Wrong. It's Spring Rolls. Yes, the Pan-Asian fast-food chain restaurant even beat out Canoe (which ranked second). Oh, and apparently we tip less than Americans too.

Toronto's Sutton Place Hotel, a hotel that has seen the likes of Mafia men and movie stars in its heyday is set to close and will be redeveloped as — what else? — luxury condos. Lanterra Developments acquired the property from its current owners and is hoping to begin construction this year. They better keep the sign.

An NHL source has leaked that the Toronto Maple Leafs will indeed face off against the Detroit Red Wings in next year's Winter Classic, though an official announcement won't be made until later today. Anyone else excited for the 24/7 series to come?


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