The Month That Was: the Toronto restaurants and bars that opened and closed in February

The Month That Was: the Toronto restaurants and bars that opened and closed in February

The bar at Stock, the Trump Tower’s glitzy new restaurant (Image: Gizelle Lau) 

Even in the winter, it can be hard to keep pace with all the restaurants and bars that open and close in Toronto—which is why, starting this month, we’re rounding them all up.

Openings:

• Catch—A St. Clair seafood joint from the same owner of The Rushton, serving up small plates inspired by Greek, Moroccan and Spanish food. Read our Introducing post »

• Bazaar Global Food Bar—The latest eatery in the Amaya empire is a family-friendly restaurant on Mount Pleasant that draws from a range of world cuisines. Read our Introducing post »

• Cube—Charles Khabouth has revamped Ultra Supper Club into a mature nightclub with a retro aesthetic and a small menu of late-night snacks. Read our Introducing post »

• Hopgood’s Foodliner—Haligonian Hoof Café alum Geoff Hopgood brings East Coast comfort food to the Roncesvalles strip. Read our Introducing post »

• Ursa—Queen West gets contemporary Canadian cuisine that’s healthy, too. Read our Introducing post »

• McGugan’s—A Scottish tavern on Gerrard Street from the trio behind Hank’s, Wine Bar and Great Burger Kitchen. Read our Introducing post »

• Gusto 101—Built out of an old auto garage, this Italian place has a Tuscan-style wood-fire grill, wine on tap and, come spring, a massive patio. Read our Introducing post »

• Stock—The Trump International Tower’s flashy flagship restaurant has a Mediterranean menu that’s heavy on the seafood and steaks. Read our Introducing post »

• Come and Get It—This neon-coloured pop-up’s sandwiches, salads and poutines could be gone by fall. Or summer. Or spring! Read our Introducing post »

• Lucid Cocktail and KitchenMoses McIntee’s ambitious cocktail menu is accompanied by local, traditional food from chef Robert Richardson. Read our Introducing post »

• Pinball Café—Husband and wife team Rachel and Jason Hazzard filled a small Queen West space with retro pinball favourites, including a 38-year-old Skylab. Read our Introducing post »

• Via Mercanti—A pair of Queen Margherita vets set up a Neapolitan-style pizza parlour of their own in Kensington Market. Read our Introducing post »

Sazerac Gastro Lounge—A cocktail bar on King West with a food menu by Ben Heaton of upcoming Dundas restaurant The Grove. [The Grid]

• Sliced—A family-run takeout sandwich and salad shop in a formerly run-down hotel on Bay. Read our Introducing post »

Closings:

• Bistro 990—Owner Tom Kristenbrun confirmed that the film crowd’s beloved haunt will make way for a 32-storey condominium in the coming months. [Toronto.com]

• Mitzi’s on College—Overwhelmed by the demands of running three restaurants, Leslie Gaynor (who also owns Mitzi’s Café and Mitzi’s Sister) closed the popular brunch spot on February 26. [Post City]

• European Quality Meats and Sausages—The Kensington Market institution will close April 7 after more than five decades of selling meat. Read the entire story »

• Laila—A closed sign is up at the Bloor Street falafel joint, and its phone has been disconnected. [Chowhound]

•Le Rossignol—The French eatery  “moved in” with sister restaurant Le Canard Mort on February 21, an arrangement that will last until owner Richard Henry can find new location. Read the entire story »