Toronto restaurant openings, closings, and coming soons: April 3 – April 9

A vegan icon bids adieu and more hot chicken is arriving soon

Toronto restaurants that closed this week

After temporarily shutting down in November, Toronto’s last remaining Apiecalypse Now! location has permanently closed. The beloved vegan pizza joint proclaimed “we are not a building though, and we are not done” in their farewell Instagram post and has promised something new in the next few months.

Benihana at Fairmont Royal York appears to have quietly shuttered after almost half a century. Always imitated, but never duplicated, the Benihana brand made hibachi theatre a favourite of tourists and connoisseurs alike worldwide.

The County General may have closed for good after temporarily shutting last November. “Restaurant available” signs are now displayed on the restaurant’s Queen West storefront.

Neighbourhood favourite Hikari Sushi Bar has closed after only 1 year on Pape. According to their Instagram, a new chef with a fresh concept will be taking over the space.

Taiwanese fried chicken chain Hot Star has closed its original Toronto location at Yonge and Gerrard. The North York and Pacific Mall locations remain open for delivery.

Yonge’s Jaipur Grille has closed after almost two decades. The ground-breaking restaurant helped re-popularize Indian food in Toronto, maintaining a balance between authentic flavours and new techniques

Toronto restaurant openings and coming soons

Dave’s Hot Chicken will be opening a second location in the former home of Jaipur Grille. The wildly popular California-based chain offers only six items: mac and cheese, house-made kale slaw, crinkle fries, cheese fries, chicken tenders (Nashville style) and sliders.

Mira Mira is opening a new diner in the Beaches on Saturday. New menu items include the hot turkey sandwich and chicken smashwich pita, but you can also still order original favourites like jerk banh mi and the avocado veggie burger.

After operating online since 2017, Ruru Baked ice cream has finally settled in a brick-and-mortar location at 659 Lansdowne. Get there early and be prepared to wait in line for your favourite flavours.

Thai favourite Salad King has opened a new location at 224 Queen Street West. Former Ryerson students rejoice!

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