Ossington ban blasted, Jamie Kennedy interviewed, insects in food dye

Ossington ban blasted, Jamie Kennedy interviewed, insects in food dye

Gear shift: Jamie Kennedy discusses the future of his Gardiner Museum restaurant (Photo by joevare)

• Jamie Kennedy re-characterizes the closing of his Gardiner Museum restaurant as “shifting gears.” Though stingy with details, his rundown points to a working lunch series that starts June 17. [Toronto Star]

• Canadian actor and model Lisa Marcos tells the Post about her love of Daybreak’s breakfast and Blowfish‘s everything. Why eat downtown when she lives uptown? Restaurants north of Eglinton are “really busy all the time.” Someone’s never waited for a table at Terroni. [National Post]

• The Globe’s Marcus Gee weighs in on the city’s Ossington Avenue licence moratorium. True to form, and making a lot of sense to us, he cogently argues that a development-stunting bylaw such as this could only be passed in Toronto. [Globe and Mail]

Thompson Hotels—the company that nabbed Susur Lee for its spot on New York’s Lower East Side—is forming a restaurant-only initiative called Do Not Disturb. One of its first markets to hit? Toronto. We don’t expect this to lead to Lee’s return, but we do hope the company lives up to its name. [Hotels]

• The FDA has decreed that the insect parts used in some food colourings must be listed among the ingredients on food labels. The dried bodies of cochineal bugs have been used in dye for centuries, but only recently have some allergic reactions prompted worry about their potential harmfulness. [UPI]