Weekly Restaurant Recap: Rakia Bar, Barberian’s, Touhenboku Ramen, Gilead, Smoke’s Poutinerie


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Rakia Bar is opening a new location soon (Image: Karolyne Ellacott)

Weekly Restaurant Recap rounds up the week’s Toronto restaurant news. In this edition: a popular east-end restaurant expands, a sandwich shop from the Barberian’s team, a pop-up finds a permanent home and more.

Opening soon

  • Popular east-end restaurant Rakia Bar is expanding. Owner Dusan Varga tells us that he plans to open a new location this month in the Annex, at the former Hrvati Bar location at 690 Euclid Ave. Varga intends to continue Rakia Bar’s menu at the new location while also incorporating items from Hrvati Bar, such as the famous Balkan hamburger. The new spot is aiming to be open for business between the last week of October and the first week of November.
  • The longstanding Barberian’s Steak House has plans to open a sandwich shop later this year. TLP (short for Three Little Pigs), which will be located just three doors down from its sister steak house, will offer a much more casual take on dining, serving lunch, drinks and snacks. [Toronto Life]
  • Come and Get It, the popular pop-up at Queen and Spadina, officially closes on Oct. 25, but the good news is that the lunch joint has finally found a permanent home at 676 Queen St. W., replacing Mavrik Wine Bar. The space is slated to open near the end of November. [The Grid]
  • Another ramen joint will be joining the Toronto scene, this time at 261 Queen St. W. Touhenboku Ramen will be moving into the old Bang-On space, and it will be open for business in November. [Now]

Change-ups

  • Jaime Kennedy’s Gilead will begin serving dinner again after stopping the service last year (the restaurant currently serves breakfast, brunch and lunch). Gilead will begin its dinner service on Dec. 5, featuring Kennedy’s signature cuisine and a locally sourced wine list. [Gilead]
  • French restaurant Batifole has changed hands. Jean-Jacques Texier has sold the business to his former chef de cuisine, Pascal Geffroy. Geffroy aims to keep the spirit of the restaurant unchanged while incorporating his own style of cooking. [The Grid]

Closing

  • Yonge and Eg grilled cheese spot The Construction Site has closed, and it’s being replaced by yet another Smoke’s Poutinerie. [BlogTO]
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