Welcome to Crumbs, the online version of the weekly restaurant-news roundup that appears in The Grid’s print edition. Check this page regularly—we update it regularly to keep you on top of what’s opening and closing. Here’s last week’s edition.
■ Mata, the South American restaurant in the old Keriwa Café space at 1690 Queen St. W. (at Triller) has opened for dinner in time for the World Cup. It’ll also be open during the day for most of the matches during the next month. Check its Facebook page for exact times. (UPDATED JUNE 16)
■ Another summery-timed opening is family-run La Vizziata gelato shop in The Junction at 2986 Dundas St. W. (at Pacific). It’s open late enough for post-dinner scoops and they have TVs for all your football-viewing needs. (UPDATED JUNE 16)
■ Rasa, The Food Dudes’ first restaurant, opens for dinner June 18 at 196 Robert St. (at Harbord). Here’s a look at the menu. (UPDATED JUNE 16)
■ NAM sandwich shop opened over the weekend in the former Parkette space (874 Queen St. W., at Crawford). On the menu are banh mi sandwiches made with house-baked baguettes. Fillings include coconut-beef meatballs, grilled beef, and five-spice pork belly. Menu pictured below.
■ Chef Vittorio Colacitti, a contender on the last season of Top Chef Canada (pre-cancellation), has taken over the former Nyood space (1096 Queen St. W., at Dovercourt) and turned it into The Good Son. The new resto’s interior is less sleek, but decidedly more old-timey, with shelves of antique books and walls dotted with faded portraits. The Good Son’s menu includes saucy ribs, wood-fired pizzas, and house-made gelato. The restaurant opens for dinner today (June 11), and a speakeasy-eqsue bar is slated to open upstairs at a later date.
■ Vegetarian butcher YamChops opened this week (705 College St., at Montrose) and specializes in vegetarian and vegan prepared foods, as well as cold-pressed juices (“The Beach” is an office favourite).
■ A new bar called Penny’s has come to Bloor West (1306 Bloor St. W., at Landsdowne). The grand opening takes place this Friday, and promises live music and, obviously, plenty of pints.
■ Ossington’s French-Cuban restaurant Delux (92 Ossington Ave., at Humbert) will serve dinner for the last time this Friday after six years in business. The restaurant has confirmed, however, that owner Corinna Mozo will hold onto the space, and is working on another yet-to-be finalized concept.
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