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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
Burger and fries at The Burgernator (Image: Megan Leahy)


  • Fetta—Chef Mark McEwan’s new panini bar at Pearson is one of a slew of new eateries opening at the airport in 2013. Read our Dish post »
  • Nejibee—Toronto’s latest izakaya is also a teppanyaki and sake bar. Its soft opening was Feb. 24, but the grand opening is slated for early March. Read our Dish post »
  • Hitch—Named for noted author and imbiber Christopher Hitchens, the cozy neighbourhood bar focuses on classic cocktails and bourbon. Read our Introducing post »

  • Appetite—The bright take-out and dine-in spot has healthy breakfast, lunch and pantry items. Read our Introducing post »
  • The Burgernator—A new shop in Kensington Market for over-the-top, griddle-smashed burgers. Read our Introducing post »
  • PS by Prettysweet—Former Splendido pastry chef Adjoa Duncan is baking custom cakes and cupcakes on King West. Read our Introducing Post »
  • Cupcakes—The first Toronto franchise of the popular Vancouver-based cupcake chain opened in Leaside.  Read our Dish post »
  • Bazara—A snug space on Ossington serving sushi (and other pan-Asian cuisine). Read our Introducing Post »
  • Black Rabbit—The family-friendly Bloor West Village café uses local and organic ingredients to make breakfast, sandwiches and baby food, including vegan and gluten-free options. Read our Introducing post »
  • Pho Huong—The popular Junction Vietnamese noodle house (no relation to Dundas West’s Pho Phuong) opened a second location on College. [NOW magazine]
  • La Burrita—Fast casual Mexican in Bloor West. [BlogTO]
  • Brioche Dorée—The Parisian bakery café chain opened its first Toronto location on King West. [Facebook]


  • Centro—The old-school Italian power restaurant in Midtown is making way for a new, more affordable restaurant geared to a younger demographic . Read our Dish post »
  • Colborne Lane—Chef and owner Claudio Aprile is closing his modernist kitchen to focus on opening Origin Bayview. Read our Dish post »
  • Captain John’s—The seafood restaurant on a boat could be setting sail for Hamilton and re-opened as a floating banquet hall or casino. Read our Dish post »
  • Cowbell—The farm-to-table restaurant in Parkdale is closing after a very slow winter. Read our Dish post »
  • The Burger Press—The Bathurst eatery has closed after only a brief run.  [BlogTO]

Did we miss anything? Let us know in the comments.


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