Make room in your stomachs – Toronto is being blessed with some tasty new and soon-to-come restaurants! From international chains to favourite local champions, we’re sure more than a few of these will make you drool. Take a look at the most anticipated restaurant openings in Toronto below and start adding to your foodie bucket list.
Earlier this year it was announced that Jollibee would be opening their first Ontario outpost in Mississauga. Shortly after, news about a second location slated to open in Scarborough followed. The fast-food joint has been dubbed the McDonalds of the Philippines, so there’s no doubt hungry foodies looking to have a cheat day will be flocking to the chain restaurant. While the Mississauga location was originally scheduled to open this spring, it looks like Jollibee fans will have to wait until the fall to get their hands on the Filipino favourite.
The Cheesecake Factory
Canada is getting an American import this fall, too. The Cheesecake Factory, known for massive servings and, of course, a wide variety of cheesecake, is set to open at Yorkdale Shopping Centre this fall. Expect everything from pastas and pizzas to burgers and sandwiches.
The Queen West go-to bakery for coffee, pastries, and Italian eats, Sud Forno, is set to open their second location in Financial District by Yonge and Temperance. While not an entirely new restaurant, folks in the neighbourhood have much to be thrilled about; no more transiting to get your hands on their drool-worthy Bombolone.
Blue Blood Steakhouse
Ready your steak knives! Casa Loma is about to become a food destination for both tourists and Torontonians alike. Liberty Entertainment group, the people behind the Magical Winter Wonderland and Beauty and the Beast, are planning to open Blue Blood Steakhouse inside the castle walls later this year – keep your eyes peeled.
The owners of Snakes and Lattes will be opening Ku-Kum, an Indigenous restaurant on Mount Pleasant Rd., in the near future. Diners can expect two different tasting menus along with a la carte options. It will definitely be a fresh way to experience Canadian indigenous cuisine.
Fans of MasterChef Canada are about to go wild. Judge Claudio Aprile will open his latest Toronto venture, Copetin, in mid-June. Expect a patio, bar, and dining area, filled with a lot of different tastebud-teasing flavours and cultures. Learn more about what you can expect from Copetin in our interview with Claudio Aprile here.
The Drake Hotel’s latest project, Drake Commissary, is definitely something to be excited about. Set to open in the Junction Triangle on June 9th, the new property will be the home base for Drake catering, as well as a community hub during the day with a bakery, cafe, and larder. Evenings will cap off with licensed table and bar service, and weekends will include brunch.
Chubby’s Jamaican Kitchen
Slated to open at the end of summer, Chubby’s Jamaican Kitchen is the latest venture from restaurant group Gusto 54. The restaurant, which will open across from sister spot Gusto 101 on Portland St., promises to bring a laid-back island vibe with vibrant spices and fresh flavours of the Caribbean. The restaurant will take over a 127-year-old, two-storey row house with seating for 100 and – get ready for it – a patio for visitors to fawn over with seating for 40. Executive Chef Elio Zannoni and Jamaican-born Chef de Cuisine Donavon Campbell will be running the kitchen and diners can expect more than just jerk chicken.
Earlier this year, it was announced that celebrity-favourite Nobu would be opening up a Toronto location, the first Canadian outpost for the Japanese-fusion chain. While no exact dates have been announced yet, it’s likely we won’t see the restaurant open for a couple of more years, as the brand is building a hotel and residence to accompany the high-end eatery.
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