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

The Month That Was: the Toronto restaurants and bars that opened and closed in April
Duck pizza and turkey wing at Lisa Marie (Image: Igor Yu)


Banh Mi Boys—The wildly popular Vietnamese banh mi, bao, and taco joint opened its second venue on Yonge Street with the same menu (and line ups) as the original Queen Street location. Read our Introducing post »

Vita Sociale—Midtown power institution Centro traded white linens and pricey plates for rustic Italian staples and a sandwich counter. Read our Introducing post »

The Beer Hall—The new space from Mill St. Brewery has a massive patio, an outdoor bar and glass-encased stainless steel and copper stills. It’s also the only place in the country to serve bierschnaps. Read our Introducing post »

Lisa Marie—In two years, Elvis-loving self-starter Matt Basile (a.k.a. Fidel Gastro) has gone from pop-ups to a food truck to his first brick-and-mortar restaurant. Read our Introducing post »

Seven Lives—The taqueria that got its start at the Toronto Underground Market traded its stall in the El Gordo food court for a more permanent home in Kensington Market. Read our Introducing post »

Pancho Y Emiliano—The only food that’s even trendier than ramen: tacos (especially in Kensington Market). This taqueria is named after a pair of Mexican revolutionaries. [BlogTO]

White Squirrel Snack Shop—The companion café to the coffee house at Trinity Bellwoods opened with a full kitchen, serving an eclectic mix of breakfast, lunch and snacks. [The Grid]

Wiggle Room—The food stall at Scadding Court’s Market 707 serves East Coast-inspired food, like donair burgers and fries with house-made condiments and “Newfie” poutine. Read our Introducing post »

Enzo Pizza Bar—The casual Queen West pizza parlor specializes in thin-crust pies. [View the Vibe]

The Pink Grapefruit—A new takeout-only café on Queen East for the health-conscious crowd. Read our story »

Prairie Girl Bakery—The cupcake craze isn’t abating: Prairie Girl added a new den of decadence in Yorkville. Read our story »

Crossroads Diner—The 50s-themed food truck serves kitschy diner food. Read our story »

Montauk Bar—Bars and restaurants continue to creep west on Dundas Street: the latest brings cocktails and playful bar snacks (like house-made jerky), along with a stage for live music. [The Grid]

Stella’s Lunchbox—From the owners of Regal Heights restaurant and jazz venue DeSotos, the sandwich spot is in the former home of now-defunct bakery Baked on Lauder. [Facebook]

Ben and Izzy’s Deli—A hipster deli serving kosher classics among the old-timey delicatessens at the north end of Bathurst. Read our story »

Ollife Butcher ShopThe chain butcher’s third location replaces Leslieville meat shop Sausage Partners with a retail store and wholesale meat plant to supply restaurants and other food shops. Read our story »

Forno Cultura—The slick bakery for old-school Italian sweets and savoury treats took over the cavernous King West space beneath Wvrst. [BlogTO]

De Mello Palheta Coffee Roasters—The Cha brothers grind their own coffee in-house at the stylish new midtown café. [BlogTO]

Yuzu Izakaya—An izakaya in the city’s north end. [PostCity]

Big Bone BBQ and Wicked Wings—Tim and Lee Rombos bring their succulent smoked chicken wings to a second location in Markham. [Facebook]

Sushi No Me—The new Roncesvalles sushi joint is in Sushi 67’s former digs. [Canpages]

Seazons—Previously Etcetera, the restaurant and lounge reopened under new management in the downtown core. [Facebook]

Ritz Caribbean Foods—Rotis, curries and jerk are available from a fourth location at Yonge and Eglinton. [Ritz Caribbean Foods]


The Avro—The beloved Leslieville hangout couldn’t survive when its rent doubled. Read our story »

Elle M’a Dit—Toronto’s only Alsatian restaurant shuttered its doors. Yet another Mexican joint is opening in its place on Baldwin Street. Read our story »

C5 Restaurant Lounge—The once-lofty restaurant on the top floor of the ROM is finished after six years, two chefs and a dramatic revamp. Read our Dish post »

Jam Café—The cozy Cabbagetown bistro closed. A restaurant serving game like ostrich and venison opened in its place a week later. Read our story »

La Bamboche—After eight years, the French patisserie closed its Midtown location. The Avenue Road location remains open. [Twitter]


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