Before Torontonians lined up for tacos, it was the Chicken Karaage, Udon Carbonara and deep-fried Kabocha pumpkin croquette from Guu that had us waiting for hours. By this April, if all goes according to plan, North Yorkers will be able to have the full experience close to home.
The hyper-popular chain of izakayas plans to open in the Hullmark Centre on the southeast corner of Yonge and Sheppard, with its entrance on Anndale. That condo building is now best known as the home of North York’s Whole Foods.
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Guu North York will have 80 seats inside and an additional 70 on a patio. That seat total will make this one the biggest Toronto location (larger than Guu Izakaya on Church St. or Guu Sakabar on Bloor W.) for the Vancouver-based company. As well, the parent company runs Kinton Ramen, JaBistro and Kintori Yakitori.
The space is still under construction, so the opening date is not set in stone, but Masaru Ogasawara, VP of Kinka Family Inc., told us by email that they are aiming for April.