With less than 31 days to hit up the last hot days of the summer, August promises to be prime patio month, with new spots opening all month long to tempt you out of cottage country.
The Terroni-owned bakery and cafe finally swung its stylish doors open earlier this month on Yonge near Temperance.
Uncle Smoke Cookhouse
Serving up comfort food, BBQ meats and sides, the catering company and festival-regular Uncle Smoke Cookhouse is now open in the Junction. The small space has limited seating but big flavours.
Goose Island Brewhouse
The new brewhouse is now open on the Esplanade. Look for Biermarket bites flanked by the new Goose Island brews.
The newest B.Good location has just arrived at Yonge and Eglinton. Known for sustainable eats in a modern and friendly atmosphere, this marks the fifth location for the chain.
Waterfront peeps will surely be flocking to the new Joe Bird, open from early to late in the newly revamped Queen’s Quay terminal. Look for gourmet grinds too.
And also nearby on the lake is the new mega pub The Goodman, which just recently launched, by the same team as The Dominion and Brazen Head.
Opening this Month
As reported last month, the first output of the uber popular Pablo Cheese Tart will be opening this month, on the 18th specifically, on Dundas near Bay.
The corner of Bathurst and Adelaide will see the launch of Northern Maverick, which shows our demands for craft beer on every corner of the city have finally been answered. This sprawling mega concept will also feature food, of course, and in house-made charcuterie and a full oyster bar.
Suzanne Barr has been shaking things up since closing her eponymous Saturday Dinette down after a landlord dispute last month. Just a pinch over on Gerrard, she’s found a new space for Kid Chocolate, a tidy lunch spot that should open later this month.
Meanwhile, nearby Leslieville is eager to escort Paella to its neighbourhood, taking over a corner at Queen and Coady. The Spanish menu will of course boast paellas, but also sangrias naturally too.
While we had pegged Farmr would open last month, we hope the new concept on the Esplanade will launch this month, featuring farm fresh finds, all from 100K commute.
Bisha hotel’s restaurant, Akira Back’s first Canadian effort is set to launch soon out of the brand spanking new ICONINK property. Look for a major media splash when this restaurant opens soon.
Millwood and Bayview will get a Middle eastern and Mediterranean inspired restaurant when Mayrik opens soon on Bayview. Mayrik will take influences from Balkan and Caucasus cuisines.
Chef Rodney Bower’s adorably named Bunny’s on Queen East is getting ready for their hopping opening. The Hey Meatball chef is bringing the popular coffee to cocktail concept to the east end hood, which no doubt wonderful nibbles to match.
Street food goes Français with the opening of Mister Frenchy on Danforth near Pape. Look for this new eatery to open later this month.
Chubby’s Jamaican Kitchen
While the original opening date of this new Jamaican eatery from Gusto 54 Group was slated for August, the restaurant is now looking at a fall opening date. Keep an eye out for updates!
Primping takes time, and BlueBlood Steakhouse, located in the history rich Casa Loma, is ironing out the last details for their destination worthy opening. Summer was the original planned opening, but as the saying goes, good things come to those who wait.
Antikka – The Vinyl Café
The Ossington area couldn’t get any hipper but remarkably, they did, with the announcement of a new record store and café opening sometime in September. Look for Antikka – The Vinyl Café to spin out lattes and Led Zeppelin (we hope) when it opens on Queen Street.
Mary Be Kitchen
And months (years?) in the making and now recently announced, popular Toronto food blogger Kiwi and Bean, or Sarah Huggins to those who actually know her, will be opening Mary Be Kitchen, a homey and comfort food stocked pantry style grab and go concept.
We’re excited to see Gerrard score a new La Cubana, the Cuban restaurant known for killer sandwiches is slowly expanding to the east.
One of our fave sushi spots is moving to the downtown core! Known for their dazzling AYCE menus, KAKA will be opening a splashy new location on Bay street.
There’s a rumour out that Alo may have a new sibling by way of Aloette, and the papered windows that are cloaking the corner near Alo’s eponymous restaurant. Early indications are that it’ll be a cocktail bar, meaning Christmas just came early.
CAMPO Food Hall
Tongues are wagging for Marben and Carver’s kingpin Rob Bragagnolo to open his new concept CAMPO food hall, a day to night food destination that’s set to house the city’s finest, with cheese from Cheese Boutique, juices from Elxr Juice Lab and of course food by Rob.
We broke the story but were tight lipped until confirmed recently by multiple sources, O&B is doubling down on Bayview Village. A sister spot to their café concept is being developed by the team to take over the old Origin restaurant. Word is that the restaurant will be a Latin-based concept. More on this next month!
This Vancouver-born plant-based pizza and ice cream restaurant is set to open its first location in Toronto. With design by Mason Studio, the space is sure to be beautiful, spanning 1,500 square feet over two levels and a patio. While they aren’t set to open until early next year, you can taste their plant-based creations at Vegan Drink and Food Festival on August 19.
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