Some restaurateurs get into business for the money, for others it’s a passionate affair and a way of life. Michelle and Herbert Barnsteiner fall safely into the latter category and have recently opened the next chapter of that love story at Yonge and Balmoral Avenue.
Exclusive and elite are part and parcel of the Yorkville experience, and the owners of Cava, a splendid Spanish tapas bar near Yonge & St Clair have gone to great lengths to detour away from those ideals at their newest venture Chabrol
Elements of southern Italy resonate on many menus within the city, but direct heritage is rarely mentioned, aside from bakeries and mom and pop shops. Which is why Bugigattolo is more than just a “hole in the wall” (the translation of its name) and a stopping point for residents and all those passing through.
Owner Gary Tsang and chef Richard Andino have opened Tapagria on Commerce Valley Drive in Markham as an ode to their shared loved of Spanish food. The menu ranges from tapas and pintxos to full plates to desserts.
Loka, Toronto’s first Kickstarter-funded restaurant opens near Queen and Bathurst. Chef Dave Mottershall from PEI and Ayngelina Brogan used the crowdfunding site to take their dream from a popup at Hi-Lo to a permanent restaurant on Queen West.
Cactus Club Cafe Toronto opened its doors just over a week ago at First Canadian Place on Adelaide. Helmed by Vancouver Chef Rob Feenie of Iron Chef fame, this is the 28th location for the upscale chain, but the first east of Saskatoon.
At Shoushin, Lawrence Park’s new omakase-only outpost, Chef Jackie Lin is fixated on the idea of improvement. The three tiers of his tasting menu reflect the deep experience he gained from working at Zen Japanese Restaurant for 12 years.
The Templar Hotel on Adelaide Street has recently undergone some changes with its on-site food programming. The Monk Kitchen and Lounge is no longer, and a new nose-to-tail restaurant named Parcae is about to open.
Hemant Bhagwani, owner of the Amaya group of restaurants, is opening the doors to his latest project. Indian Street Food Company is Bhagwani's ode to street food prevalent at railway stations in the South Asian country.
This 2,500 square foot restaurant has seating for 50, and is bound to be a popular spot for movie goers and festival attendees. The chain already has some pretty famous fans. LeBron James is an early investor and is a huge supporter of Blaze. He joins Maria Shriver, Boston Red Sox co-owner Tom Werner and movie producer John Davis as a fan and investor in this chain.
Co-owners Andres Marquez and Keyvan Foroughi, both recently parted ways with their respective business partners from Fonda Lola and Agave y Aguacate. They have opened Reforma 35 on Baldwin near Kensington Market.