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10 new restaurants that opened in Toronto last month

New restaurants in Toronto are still bringing it even in the face of a lockdown. It’s not the easiest time to open a new restaurant in the city, but these places have given is new options for sushi, pizza, Thai and dumplings for takeout or delivery until it’s safe to dine indoors again.

Here are some new restaurants that opened in Toronto last month.

Minami
The restaurant group behind Miku and Aburi Hana is at it again with this latest concept, which serves sushi, sake, wine and Tokyo omelette desserts in the Entertainment District.

Pai Yonge & Eglinton
This is the second location of Chef Nuit Regular’s popular Thai restaurant, this one located at Yonge and Eglinton but still serving all the staples like pad gra prow and khao soi.
Atto Sushi
This sushi joint on Danforth East replaced the beloved Hollandaise Diner and is now a go-to spot for maki, nigiri and sushi platters. They also offer classic appetizers like edamame and miso soup.

Mishwar
The Danforth is now home to this takeout joint for chicken shawarma, lamb chops, fattoush salad and other dishes.

Juicy Dumpling Midtown
This affordable soup dumpling joint has been going through a spurt of opening new locations recently, and this one near Yonge and Eglinton opened up on Nov. 12.
Parkview Pizza
Pizza, burgers, ribs and souvlaki can now be found at this restaurant in East York.

Mumbai Tadka
Dundas West welcomed this Mumbai street food spot from people that have previously specialized in meal plans to the neighbourhood around the beginning of November.

District Pizza
Multiple Distillery District businesses came together to create this pizza joint where pies have toppings like Ezzo pepperoni, pickled beech mushrooms, romesco sauce and organic tomatoes. They also do sous vide wings.
Kettleman’s Bagels Toronto
A Toronto location of this Ottawa shop just opened up in Etobicoke, serving fresh bagels stuffed with smoked salmon, chicken salad, tuna, turkey and hot Montreal smoked meat.

Arvo Liberty Village
Brunch and wine are now on offer from this cafe that’s returned to Liberty Village where it once had a location in a different place. Expect sandwiches and brunch bowls with poached eggs.

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Toronto craft beer brand and tap room parmanantly shuts down

Von Bugle was a new Munich Lager that Toronto brewery Steam Whistle introduced recently, but the brand has made a quick exit from the local beer scene.

Steam Whistle has officially discontinued the brand and shut down the tap room on Evans. The lager was made using a German ageing process and cross-bred hops for a spicy but lightly floral beer.

“The beer coming out of the brewery at Evans Avenue has always been Steam Whistle. Majority of the beer is produced there, minus some Steam Whistle kegs that are produced and shipped out of the Roundhouse. We have chosen to discontinue Von Bugle as a brand and as a result we won’t keep the tap room open,” says Devon Gleed of Steam Whistle.

“Right now the Roundhouse Tap Room and Biergarten are closed because of the current lockdown in the city but we can’t wait to be able to open our doors to the public again.”
The tap room space is currently being used as a break room of sorts.

“The tap room itself is now being used as a large staff room for the Good Beer Folks who are working at the facility. They’ll be able to better utilize the space when COVID restrictions die down,” says Gleed.

“Obviously when COVID hit back in March, the tap room closed to the public but the official decision to close was made sometime in the summer.”

Although you’ll no longer be able to play shuffleboard and either pick up a case or sample a pint of Von Bugle at the former retail location, Steam Whistle still has big plans for their other spots.

“We are hoping to launch our outdoor dining experience, perfect for the winter, when safe and legal to do so, offering guests a private wood-fired grill dining experience for four to six people,” says Gleed.

Wood-fire grill dinners with friends out in public feel like they’re a long way off right now, but let thoughts of a warm and cozy future dinner date ease the pain of the loss of the Von Bugle bottle shop.

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Tronto BBQ joint just built a drive-thru ordering system through its back windows

We’re all craving the delicious comforts of BBQ right now, and in their quest to get it to customers one spot has chosen to transform into a drive-thru rather than endanger lives by going against emergency orders.

Brickyard BBQ once operated as a dine-in restaurant with a bar, patio and banquet room, also doing catering and Ribfest. Chef Reuben Riley is behind the operation, with 30 years of cooking experience and a childhood in Jamaica where pit slow cooking laid the groundwork for an uncanny ability to replicate the pit barbecue style of the American South.
“We know that the citizens of Etobicoke love food and love their ribs. We saw them all summer long,” says Marianna Salandra, Social Media Manager and bartender at Brickyard BBQ.

“But as our customers kept coming for ribs even in the cold weather we started to feel bad that they were standing outside in the cold waiting for their food, with the weather being unpredictable we had to come up with an idea that would allow for our customers to keep warm, comfortable and safe all at the same time.”

Ribs are their specialty, but they also do chicken, jerk chicken and pulled pork. Plummeting temperatures and the closure of indoor dining had Brickyard BBQ trying to think of a way to get their food out without lines of customers getting too cold, and they opened their drive-thru on Nov. 27.

“It was a plan that would meet the needs of our close customers and ensure they were still getting their barbecue even in the cold. Our winter drive-thru is what is helping us keep the doors to our business open, and from the overwhelming response of customers this summer we knew they wouldn’t settle with takeout,” says Salandra.
“During the second lockdown we realized the drive-thru would be the best way to make contact minimal. Chef Reuben and his staff work hard to ensure everything is well sanitized, organized and have the least amount of contact possible.”

They’re not the first business in Toronto to transform into a drive-thru: Dairy Cream did something similar this summer, but for more unfortunate reasons than the cold. Greed for their popular ice cream made some customers behave so poorly it ruined the fun for everyone, and they had to stop walk-ups in favour of drive-thru only service.

Brickyard BBQ is open from Thursday to Saturday from noon to 8 p.m., and on Sunday from noon to 6 p.m.

“We admittedly had to think fast to ensure that we would still have a business after the pandemic was over,” says Salandra. “We cannot thank South Etobicoke enough for showing their support to our business.”