The stodgy cuisine of Eastern Europe is going to be popular in 2013—at least so said Esquire magazine in its food predictions for this year. However, that hasn’t stopped Dejan Lazic from closing the doors of his Queen West restaurant Prague European Kitchen.
This may come as a shock, considering the restaurant, which had existed in some form for over 40 years, just rebranded in late summer 2012 after a short renovation period. However, despite the fact that it received decent reviews when it reopened, the eatery has officially been shuttered, and the space sold, with the new owners said to be following a completely different concept.
As for why Queen Westers will no longer be able to enjoy hearty plates of pierogies and goulash, Lazic is guarded, but admitted that the most recent incarnation of Prague did not properly execute what he had in mind for the location. He also added, however, that he’s looking at new locations, so there’s a possibility that Prague may reopen at some point in the future. —Jacob Rutka