Weekly Restaurant Recap: Gourmet Gringos, White Squirrel, L’Ouvrier, Reds Wine Tavern, Grasslands

A chicken burrito from Gourmet Gringos (Image: David Ort)

Weekly Restaurant Recap rounds up the week’s Toronto restaurant news. In this edition: an upcoming restaurant from a popular food truck, street-style Thai food for Scarborough, Fressen is reborn and more.

Opening soon

  • The team behind Gourmet Gringos, which launched a Latin American food truck last summer, is opening new restaurant at 1384 Bathurst Street, near St. Clair. It will have the same name and will serve the same cuisine as the food truck. [BlogTO]
  • Last month, when Armando Mano announced that he would be closing his legendary Centro restaurant, he also indicated that he would be opening a new restaurant in its place. The name of the new restaurant has been revealed as Vita Sociale, and it’s set to open in mid-April. According to The Grid, the new place will offer a variety of Italian food, including pizza from a wood-burning oven, pasta and pulled pork sandwiches. [The Grid]
  • A new snack shop from the owner of White Squirrel Coffee Shop — dubbed, appropriately, White Squirrel Snack Shop — is set top open soon at 507 Queen West. [The Grid]

Newly opened

  • A third location of Sofra Grill opened in Richmond Hill last weekend, at 380 Tower Hill Road. The new location is bigger, with a patio, and it also serves breakfast and brunch.
  • Named after an open market in Thailand, Jatujak, a new Thai restaurant, opened up in Scarborough last week. It serves authentic street-style Thai food from recipes passed down from the chef’s mother. [Jatujak]


  • L’Ouvrier Kitchenbar is launching a mini-shop inside of the restaurant. Opening this weekend, the retail counter features cookbooks and other local products, including jewellery from Jenny Bird and bottle openers from chef Angus Bennett. This weekend, purchases at the shop will be rewarded with doughnuts from Paulette’s. [Twitter]
  • Earlier this month chef Ryan Gallagher announced that he has left Reds Wine Tavern. Michael Hunter, formerly of Toronto’s Scarpetta, is his replacement. [Read our post here]
  • Fressen, Queen West’s erstwhile vegan restaurant, relaunched as Grasslands last week. The revamped restaurant remains under the same ownership, but it has a new menu, a new drinks list and a more upscale feel with a new dining room. [Facebook]
  • Fifth Town Artisan Cheese Co., once a favourite among Toronto chefs, is reopening under new owners. The retail side of the dairy is expected to be open by May 30, with cheese production expected to resume next year. [Read our post here]


  • A wave of Twitter tears was shed when The Avro, a popular Queen East bar, announced that it will close next month after just three years in business. The Avro’s final last call will be on April 26. [The Avro]
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