The city is alive in the summer time, and crowds of people have filled the streets looking for hot new spots to hang out. This month, there’s no shortage of new restaurants, bringing on a whole new set of brews, menus and patios to explore.
Food Society Lounge & Café
Bay Streeters will be happy to hear that the newest addition to the ‘hood offers all-day breakfast, speciality coffees, live music, and best yet, a cute and colourful backyard patio.
The original Japanese Cheesecake spot in Toronto is spreading his seed uptown. Uncle Tetsu has just opened HCafé, in the Emerald buildings at Yonge and Sheppard. Here the cheesecakes come both Japanese style (no-bake) and fancified, gussied up soufflé style with strawberries. His popular madeleines also made the commute uptown, too.
Another Calii Love has just opened in Yorkville, marking the second location for this Joe Friday backed poke concept.
The Alternative Café
Apothecary style and slightly quirky, The Alternative Café has now opened in Yorkville. The chocolate chain and Max Brenner-backed café offers cold press juices and cold brew coffees for those looking to grab and go, or sit and savour on Avenue Road.
And we have a new wine bar by way of Mulberry Bar, which just opened in late June. Carrying wines, cocktails and nibbles, this stylish bar can be found on Bloor West.
The second location of Garden Gangsters is set to blow you away in Liberty Village. With smoothies, kale e’rything, salads and well, lots of healthy stuff, check them out to get that recommended 5 to 10 a day.
Grant Van Gameren’s new hotspot has just opened, and while the name was held over from the previous restaurant, the Polish-style menu with pretzels and smoked fish definitely wasn’t.
Opening this Month
Casa Loma’s new steakhouse concept is getting closer to its launch, with a COMING SOON announcement recently made on their Facebook account. Promising to be both edgy and ritzy, one thing’s for sure, it’ll be expensive. I mean, it’s a castle after all.
A second installation of North Poke in Saks Food Hall is about to launch. The Kensington Market takeaway is about to celebrate their first-year open, so big congrats on the expansion – apparently poke is still a thing!
Snakes & Lattes
Midtown basement dwelling players of Settlers of Catan can now leave their mom’s house with a Yonge and Eglinton installation of the popular Snakes & Lattes. Serving food and a little misfortune, this board game café expects to do solid business in this yuppie neighbourhood.
Goose Island Brewhouse
A new brewhouse is opening on The Esplanade and they’re partnering with Bier Market for the menu. The Goose Island Brewhouse will open July 17 – keep an eye out for a First Look.
The artwork has been selected and staff are in training for the new Copetin restaurant from Claudio Aprile. A renovation of the former (and original) Origin location sees the MasterChef taking back the kitchen, promising to be hands on working the room, including the new 6 seat chef’s table that we would already like to reserve.
Just south of the market you’ll find aptly named FARMR, a new fast casual restaurant dishing out made from scratch eats on The Esplanade. Look for their opening mid-July.
There’s a new King of King West by way of King Taps, set to open this month injecting some beer (yes!), food and live entertainment in the King West strip. With a two-story patio and over 400 seats inside, this juggernaut of jugs carries 50 beers on tap, right in time for patio season to finally f*@king start!
Yonge and Sheppard is booming lately, and extending that branch just a pinch south is Oliva. Gutting the former sales centre for condos, this cute café has a bit of a Parisian vibe, stocking baguettes, lattes and other things that will replace your walk to nearby Starbucks.
A stretch north sees papered windows still covering the views into Koryo, a new Korean BBQ restaurant set to open soonish on Yonge street.
Hey Meatball Chef Rodney Bower’s new shop a soon to open coffee to cocktails canteen on Queen East. Look for them to open later this month.
Saulter Street Brewery
Named after the street they are about to douse with beer, Saulter Street Brewery is opening on the east side later this month brewing up their Pilsner style beer for our unquenchable beer thirsty masses.
Scots may weep into tea over this one. McGugan’s on Gerrard is being revived into a Mexican restaurant dubbed Chula who’s looking to inject some latin vibes and pig roasts into this east end neighbourhood.
James Cheese Back Ribs
Korean chain James Cheese Back Ribs is coming to Chinatown. Look for them to open this July on Spadina.
Chubby’s Jamaican Kitchen
Opening up shop across sister restaurant Gusto 101 is Chubby’s Jamaican Kitchen. The restaurant promises laid-back island vibes and fresh flavours of the Caribbean. Look out for the restaurant to open at the end of summer, leaving us just enough time to soak up rays on their 40-seat patio.
Flock Rotisserie + Greens
Chef Cory’s (he’s that good he just goes by first names now) Flock Rotisserie + Greens at College and University is now slated for a September start.
Paris is getting closer with the announcement that Ladurée is jumping the pond to open in Yorkdale. No firm date is set, but we are guessing before Christmas shopping starts, so you know, the day after Halloween latest.
The Ossington strip with sizzle even hotter when Bar Sybanne opens this summer. Brought to you by Howard Dubrovsky, the molecularly inclined Chef from L.A.B, the menu is set to feature some Mediterranean influences.
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