Restaurant Update: Biff’s dries out and a bridge builder gets a bar


Escargots with 'nduja, Parisienne gnocchi and Bayonne chips from Biff’s redone dinner menu.

Image: David Ort

If not technically summer-like the weather report for this weekend is promising plenty of sun. Just in time, one of downtown’s best restaurant patios, at Biff’s on Front, has reopened.  

Just Opened

  • The well-heeled burghers of Rosedale and Summerhill have a new watering hole in the form of Clocktower Bar on Yonge St. across from — you guessed it — the recognizable Summerhill LCBO.
  • Biff's Bistro reopened this week with a retooled menu and a new design. O&B’s Front St. bistro has been closed since a pipe burst the day before Valentine’s Day and caused a major flood.
  • Third-place finisher in our poutine taste test, Poutini’s, is opening a second location. This one will be a little bit less west-end than the first when it opens at 617 King St. W. 

Coming Soon

  • Remember Das Gasthaus, the Danforth restaurant that was put up for raffle? Turns out the winner passed and the space is going to be home to a restaurant called The Edmund Burke.  The name, by the way, refers to the architect who designed the Prince Edward Viaduct over the Don Valley and not the 18th century political philosopher. 
  • NOW Magazine reported that Anthony Rose is adding a Big Crow to his Queen West operation.

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Changes and Other News

  • The bar that Grant van Gameren and partners are opening in Parkdale now has a name. Listeners to Zane Caplansky’s Newstalk 1010 show, Let’s Eat were the first to learn that it’s going to be called Pretty Ugly.
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