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Toronto restaurant openings, closings and coming soons: May 8-14

A beloved bakery bids adieu and a Peruvian restaurant prepares for a post-lockdown launch

Toronto restaurants that closed this week

Agincourt Bakery has been forced to close after their long-time location was sold to make way for townhouses. The Romagnuolo family ran the immensely popular bakery, famous for its authentic Italian baked goods and savoury offerings, for 37 years. The bakery is reportedly searching for a new home.

The Good Neighbour’s 181 Dovercourt location has closed after three years. You can still get your espresso fix at their Annette Street and Bloor West outpost. A new venture, Pizzeria Badiali, will be taking over the spot.

Toronto restaurant openings/coming soon

Asian-inspired ice cream hotspot iHalo Krunch’s newest location will open this Saturday at 2114 Bloor West. Flavours like Ube All the Way (sweet purple yam), Black on Black (coconut), Meet Your Matcha and Bean There Done That (Madagascar vanilla bean), are served in their signature black charcoal cones.

Maru Japanese Bistro is now open at 1402 Queen East. The Japanese-French fusion spot has an extensive sushi and sashimi menu, plus also offers unique creations like nori canapes (salmon wrapped in fried seaweed) and duck steak with corn and asparagus.

Shawarma Royale opened with a bang at 398 College. Known for their falafel and chicken shawarma wraps, the new location gave away free wraps on their grand opening day and the entire menu is 50% off for the rest of the week. This outpost marks the chain’s 7th franchise in the GTA.

Another burger pop-up! Trainwreck Burgers is now operating out of Cocina de Dona Julia at 1545 Dupont. The small menu features only four varieties but includes a Beyond Meat option and the Muy Loco(motive), topped with queso cheese, tortilla chips and jalapeno peppers.

Wallace Espresso has a new location at St Clair and Hounslow Heath Road. The Toronto mini-chain serves Blackbird Baking Co. pastries, Shaw’s and Scotsburn Ice Cream, as well as plenty of gluten-free, keto and vegan options.

Chef Elias Salazar’s newest project, Waska Peruvian Kitchen, will open May 28th in the historic Dovercourt House. With a lengthy sample menu featuring appetizers, food stations and a full pisco and cocktail bar, we’re predicting a new post-lockdown hotspot.

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