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

The Month That Was: the Toronto restaurants and bars that opened and closed in August
(Image: Renée Suen)

Openings

The Libertine—A new Dundas West speakeasy with vegan bar snacks and an in-house psychic. Read our Introducing Post »

The Chase Fish and Oyster—A Hamptons-style seafood bar in the historic Dineen building. Read our Introducing post »

The Chase—The swishy Dineen penthouse serves upscale Canadian food, like roast chicken for two stuffed with foie gras and apricots. Read our Introducing Post »

Home of the Brave—The owners of La Carnita bring tater tots and funnel cake to King West. Read our Introducing post »

Geraldine—A throwback to turn-of-the-century hospitality with oysters Rockefeller and jaunty ragtime tunes. Read our Introducing post »

Que Supper Club—The new Queen East resto-lounge has bottle service and a dance floor. Read our Introducing post »

The Living Room—Attention beer geeks: the new restaurant at the Windsor Arms has a self-pour draft table. Read our Dish post »

Trinity Modern Greek Taverna—A Mykonos-style villa in the Beach with 7000 Greek wines and a palatial terrace. Read our Introducing post »

Destingo—A new Queen West trattoria with a sprawling front patio. Read our introducing post »

Kekou Gelato House—The city’s first Asian gelateria opened in Baldwin Village. Read our Dish post »

Early Bird Espresso and Brew Bar—The Queen West indie café has a special cold brew contraption imported from Japan. Read our Dish post »

Lot St.—The eclectic new Queen West restaurant serves Italian-Canadian-Latin fusion and cocktails named after Toronto neighbourhoods. Read our Introducing post »

Localista—A new roaming restaurant from old-school locovore chef Michael Potters. Read our Dish post »

Millie Creperie—The Kensington Market spot serves Japanese crepes topped with things like green tea gelato and matcha sauce. [BlogTO]

Delica Kitchen—A second location of the popular midtown lunch counter. Read our Dish post »

Kitten and the Bear—The new Parkdale shop sells adorably packaged jams, jellies and preserves made with ingredients from Ontario farms. [Twitter]

Jacob’s Deli—Smoked meat, kishka and matzo ball soup at the new kosher deli in Thornhill. [Jacob]

Saffron Spice Kitchen—The Queen West lunch counter serves Indian-inspired salads, rotis and wraps. [Facebook]

Kawiihan Sound Bar and Grill—A cheerful Downsview resto-bar with Filipino cuisine and live music on weekends. [Kawilihan Sound]

Big Al’s Flyin’ Phillys—The new Halal counter in Kensington Market serves seven different takes on the Philly cheesesteak (the Big Pimpin’ comes with double beef, onions and cheese). [Facebook]

Closings

Didier—Didier Leroy closed his midtown bistro after almost a decade on Yonge. Read our Dish post »

Red Fish—The College Street seafood restaurant will make way for a gastropub called The Huntsmen, which opens mid-September. Read our Dish post »

Le Matin—Ici Bistro chef J.P. Challet closed his Leslieville bakery mid-month; Kensington pop-up Completo will be moving into the space. Read our Dish post »

Vinny Massimo’s—The Queen West pizzeria closed, but a new counter called King Slice is opening in its place. [PostCity]

Ha Long Bay—The Vietnamese bistro on Eglinton West closed earlier in the month. [Chowhound]

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