Weekly Restaurant Recap: Lisa Marie, PS by Prettysweet, Brioche Dorée, Appetite, Cowbell, Tortilla Flats


A sandwich from Fidel Gastro's (Image: David Ort)

Weekly Restaurant Recap rounds up the week’s Toronto restaurant news. In this edition: two new confection shops for King West, a new restaurant from the Fidel Gastro’s team, a longstanding Queen West restaurant closes and more.

Opening soon

  • The east end’s popular Rooster Coffee House is opening a second location on King Street East. The expected opening date is April 1. [Read our post here]
  • Matt Basile, the man behind the Fidel Gastro’s pop-up shop and food truck, is opening a new sit-down restaurant on Queen West called Lisa Marie. [The Grid]

Newly opened

  • A new confection shop called PS by Prettysweet has opened on King Street West. It has no affiliation with the Pretty Sweet cupcake truck. [Read our post here]
  • In other King West/sweet-tooth news, the first downtown Toronto location of Brioche Dorée is now open. [Read our post here]
  • The east end has a new sandwich shop with Appetite, which opened yesterday at 722 Queen Street East. [Appetite]
  • Brothers Peter and Alex Kiriakapoulos (who are behind the Java Joe’s chain) have opened a family-friendly café near Bloor and Runnymede called Black Rabbit [Toronto Life]
  • Kensington Market’s Big Chubby Burger has been replaced with a new burger joint. Continuing the theme of ridiculous names, the new place is called The Burgernator. [Read our post here]


  • An eviction notice was spotted at Kensington Market’s The Bellevue this week, but The Grid reports that the place is not closing down. There was a dispute with the landlord — which has apparently been settled — and the restaurant is continuing with its renovations, which should be completed by spring. [The Grid]
  • Hopgood’s Foodliner has launched an “oyster shack,” which is pretty much what you’d expect: a private dining space where lots of seafood-splurging takes place. [Read our post here]    


  • After six years, Queen West’s nose-to-tail restaurant Cowbell has gone out of business. [The Grid]
  • The future of Queen West’s Tortilla Flats is in question as an eviction notice was spotted there this week. [BlogTO]
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