The city is brimming with new restaurants this month, and the latest collection gives us new options for French, Chinese, Thai, Italian and more. Check out what’s already open and what to anticipate below.
Recess is out! Forever. Bacchanal has taken over the Liberty Village space, a grand corner with soaring windows drawing you into the eclectically designed space. Open Wednesday to Sunday, ask for the hush hush Absinthe cocktail menu. Pedigree runs strong here, with pastries from ex-Alo Cori Murphy, and co-owned by Luke Donato (Campagnolo) and Lachlan Dennis (Le Select).
Track and Field, known for its rec room vibes has sprung a new sibling, by way of Bangarang on College Street where The Midtown once existed. Boozy cocktails pair perfectly with the free games, like Cornhole, or bean bag toss to you amateurs. Dance parties break out every weekend and late nights are every night, they’re open ’til 2am 7 days a week.
The newest joint on Dundas St. West is a secret bar, hidden behind a millennial pink bodega. With Asian-inspired snacks, thirst-quenching cocktails, and a dance floor come Friday and Saturday nights, expect this place to be the new west end hotspot. Get a look inside here.
Soi Thai, also on College Street, has been reimagined by owner Sherry as Shanee, a lively tribute to her Thai roots. Sherry’s vision for Shanee includes a breakfast takeaway with Thai sweet coffees and grab-and-go donuts, but the real draw here is the sit down meals, perfect for sharing with clever standouts like the Fried Cheese with Tom Yum sauce.
Northern Maverick Brewing Co.
King and Bathurst is ready to cheers the opening of Northern Maverick Brewing Co, the newest beer hall to open in the city. The small batch brewery cranks out five fan favourites, from lagers to IPA’s, with inspired plates from Chef Mark Cutrara to match.
Expanding on its plant-based empire is Planta, converting the space that was Little Fin into a takeaway offshoot of the popular Yorkville spot. Look for similar sandwiches, and sexy sides like the sought-after Buffalo Cauliflower. Get a look inside here.
Grab-and-go just got gussied up for Yorkville. The Chase Group (see above) has also been busy with their latest concept, Palm Lane, which just opened in Yorkville Village. The 65-seat open air space is putting their gourmet spin on the lowly salad, with upgrades like pickled kohlrabi, Thai mint and crispy shallots as go-to ingredients.
After closing up their uptown Yonge location, Butter Avenue has moved downtown with a new sibling. Butter Baker is now open at Dundas and Bay.
Lisa Sanguedolce of Dundas West darling Le Dolci expands and grows her sweet empire with the announcement of a new space on Geary Avenue. The new space gives Lisa more room for her popular baking classes, all of which now have their own dedicated space.
Anthony Rose’s garden is growing with Schmaltz Appetizing opening another location, this time at Ossington and Dundas.
Poor Romeo Bar
From the owners of Pinkerton’s Snack Bar is a new spot Poor Romeo Bar on Gerrard. Currently in soft launch mode, you can expect glorious drinks and dishes like fried green tomatoes, burgers, wings and more.
Assembly Chef’s Hall
The rumour mills are churning as to which chefs will be part of the larger than life Assembly Chef’s Hall on Richmond between York and Bay. The first of its kind, Toronto will be privy to a widespread choice of cuisines from some of our city’s best chefs and eateries. Everything is hush hush for now… but follow them on Instagram to get sneak peaks of which culinary stars will be a part of the 18,000 square foot Chef’s Hall opening next month.
Sorelle & Co.
Sweet spot Sorelle & Co. is opening in Yorkville on Avenue Road. The vegan and gluten free bakery has gained popularity since opening their first shop in Vaughn followed by a satellite shop in Saks Fifth Avenue Food Hall.
He may have started from the bottom, but there’s no doubt he’s here now. Toronto’s best-known cheerleader/rapper/actor Drake is set to have a very busy birthday month. Owl festooned logos have announced his latest (Lee-free) project, Pick 6, opening soon at the corner of Yonge and Wellington.
Canadians no longer have to cross the border to get their fix of massive portions of cheesecake, burgers and more. Cheesecake Factory is opening its first Canadian location at Yorkdale Shopping Centre this fall.
Set to open in ICONINK’s stunning new Bisha Hotel, the self-titled restaurant is hosting a job fair, which means yes, we’re still about a month out from the latest Toronto hotspot from opening. Meanwhile, Kost, also at the Bisha Hotel is open for business.
A new pizza destination for the downtown core is inching closer to opening at Peter and Adelaide.
Although they recently closed on King West, King Rustic is setting up just down the street, moving closer to Liberty Village. Finishing touches are being put on the new space and we should see them open soon.
Mary Be Kitchen
Toronto-blogger Sarah Huggins is launching an eatery at Yonge and St. Clair, just in time for fall favourites. Expect roasted veggies and healthy mains, and maybe some coffee and cookies, too.
Those that have missed the cellar that was The Keg at Yonge and Sheppard will soon have a new location of the famous steakhouse, with a glorious two-story affair opening kitty corner to Mel Lastman’s Square.
And there’s plenty of action in the east side of town too, with Pollyanna, a new wine bar on Gerrard from the same owners as Thirsty Duck and East Side Social opening this fall.
Longtime curry kingpin Hemant Bhagwani has sold his stake in the Amaya Chain, which included Indian Street Food Co, Leela and well, Amaya. He is set to travel and explore, bringing back a new venture no doubt when he returns.
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