Weekly Restaurant Recap: Lightweight Mini-Donuts, Pai, The 420 Smokehouse, Switch, Olliffe, Elle M’a Dit


Elle M’a Dit's Alsatian cuisine will leave Baldwin Street by the end of the month (Image: Elle M’a Dit)

Weekly Restaurant Recap rounds up the week’s Toronto restaurant news. In this edition: a new restaurant from Jeff and Nuit Regular, a popular sandwich shop expands, a new butcher shop for Leslieville and more.

Opening soon

  • A made-to-order doughnut shop is opening in Kensington Market at the El Gordo food court. Named Lightweight Mini-Donuts, it is set to open on May 1 and will serve three flavours of mini-doughnuts: cinnamon sugar, icing sugar and a combination of the two. [Read our post here]
  • Chef Nuit Regular — along with her husband and another financial backer — is opening up yet another Thai restaurant in the Entertainment District, this time named Pai. The new restaurant will serve regional cuisine from Northern Thailand. [Read our post here]
  • A building application is under review for a new restaurant at 420 Parliament St., the site of a former Domino’s Pizza. The restaurant that has filed the application is apparently called The 420 Smokehouse, which certainly sounds interesting. [City of Toronto]
  • Making its home in the former site of The Bowery and Osteria 55 at 55 Colborne St. is Switch, a new bar and lounge from Toronto entrepreneur Hanif Harji (of Patria and Weslodge). A grand opening is planned for May 2. [Notable.ca]
  • A Greek eatery named Opa-Opa looks to be opening at 708 Pape Ave., near the Danforth. [Twitter]
  • Popular sub joint The Belly Buster Submarines is expanding with a second location at 389 King St. W. this summer. According to the shop’s Twitter feed, there are also plans for a new location in Thornhill and elsewhere. [BlogTO]
  • Here’s the bad news: Leslieville’s family-run meat shop, Sausage Partners, has closed. The good news is that high-end butcher shop Olliffe is setting up a retail shop and wholesale plant in its place. According to a press release, it is scheduled to open on April 23.

Newly Opened

  • Known for its burritos and fish tacos, American taco chain Taco Del Mar has opened its second Toronto location at 366 Bloor St. E. [Twitter]   
  • After closing earlier this year, uptown Italian establishment Centro has been reincarnated as Vita Sociale, complete with a considerable change in dėcor and a more approachable menu. All mains now start below $27. [Read our post here]
  • L’s Chinese Eatery has opened at 1734 Lawrence Ave. E. The restaurant serves pan-Asian cuisine, including dim sum, Cantonese food and Thai food. It’s celebrating its grand opening with 15 per cent off all menu items this month. [L’s Chinese Eatery]


  • Chef Charlotte Langley, formerly of Ottawa’s The Whalesbone, will be taking over chef Nigel Finley’s duties at Catch. Finley will be moving on to the upcoming The Chase Fish & Oyster. [Read our post here]


  • Elle M’a Dit, Toronto’s only Alsatian restaurant, will serve its last dinner on April 27. Owners Gregory Furstoss and Tory Yang are hoping to launch another restaurant in a year. Taking its place is — wait for it — a Mexican restaurant. [Toronto Life]
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