Quetzal temporarily close

COVID-19 cases cause Quetzal, Sotto Sotto and several other Toronto restaurants to temporarily close

As COVID-19 cases continue to climb in the city, several Toronto restaurants have made the difficult decision to temporarily close their establishment, after one or more of their employees have tested positive for the virus.

Sotto Sotto, a high-end Italian trattoria loved by celebrities like Drake and DJ Khaled, voluntarily closed its doors on Sept. 29, stating that there was a possibility that the restaurant had been exposed to COVID-19.

“We have been advised by Toronto Public Health that we may stay open, but we have decided to temporarily close our Toronto location to take every possible precaution to ensure your safety and peace of mind,” Sotto Sotto wrote via its Instagram account.



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Sotto Sotto has one other location in Oakville that remains open. The full team at Sotto Sotto is currently in isolation, and the establishment will undergo a forensic sanitization to ensure no surface contamination is present upon reopening.

Bar Reyna, a happy-hour haven for shareable Mediterranean snacks and cocktails has closed both its Yorkville and King Street locations after confirming an employee tested positive for COVID-19. Bar Reyna Yorkville shut its doors on Sept. 30 and will not reopen until Oct. 8. Bar Reyna on King reopened today at noon once all Reyna staff members’ COVID-19 test results were returned.

“Due to the raised concerns from our guests, and because our best interest is to protect both you and our Reyna family, and can never be too careful, we prefer to be extra cautious and close Bar Reyna earlier than expected for renovations (as we were already planning to do so this Sunday),” Bar Reyna wrote via Instagram on Sept. 30.



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Both locations will be professionally sanitized, and all reservations are being cancelled until Oct. 8.

Lee Restaurant, chef Susur Lee’s upscale, Asian fusion establishment, is also temporarily closed, after an employee tested positive for COVID-19. The employee’s last shift was on Sept. 23, and they are currently in self-isolation at home.

While there is no set reopening date for Lee, takeout and delivery will be available starting Oct. 7.

Quetzal, a staple on College Street serving up high-end Mexican cuisine, announced on Sept. 29 that it would shut down for several days due to a positive COVID-19 test result from a staff member. Quetzal only recently re-opened in August after being closed since March during the onset of the pandemic.



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“The entirety of our staff are undergoing tests/awaiting results as we speak and will not return to the restaurant until they have received a negative result,” Quetzal shared via Instagram.

While the staff is in self-isolation, Quetzal will use this time to sanitize the restaurant.

Warehouse on Yonge, a bustling spot for young people given its sprawling menu of light-bites priced under $6, has been linked to at least seven active COVID-19 cases. Although it remains open, Toronto Public Health estimates that approximately 1,700 guests could have been exposed to the virus between Sept. 10 and Sept. 17.

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