After quietly closing in November, Queen West favourite the County General has re-opened at 3550 Victoria Park Avenue. According to Instagram, they’re in the process of “turning a hipster bar into a sports bar” but, in the meantime, their patio is already up and running.
Hale Coffee has opened its fourth GTA location at 2149 Yonge, as part of Art Shoppe Lofts and Condos. Known for their specialty, directly sourced coffee, Hale offers fresh-brewed cups to go or customers can sign up for a coffee subscription. If you’re not sure where to start, try their El Portillo, an organic Honduran coffee with notes of toffee and walnut.
Jops Creamery is now serving ice cream at 437 Yonge. What makes them stand out from the crowd this summer? This Ecuadorian delicacy is served with a cheese and house-made whipped cream topping. Flavours include cappuccino, pistachio almond and coconut, plus mango or raspberry sorbet.
Popular Turkish chain Mado has opened its first Canadian location at 3300 Dufferin. Originally known for their baklava ice cream sandwiches, Mado has expanded to offer a full course menu with items ranging from menemen for breakfast (scrambled eggs with tomatoes, green pepper, hot pepper and kashar cheese) to begendi kebabs for dinner (beef with onion, garlic, eggplant and thyme).
Patty Stop has opened a new location at 2636 St Clair East. After an Instagram shoutout from Drake last year, Patty Stop named a new creation after the Toronto rapper, the Drizzy: beef patty with jerk chicken, lettuce, tomatoes, cheese and signature hot sauce.
Rabbit! Rabbit! Rabbit! has debuted at 461 King West. The Texas-style cantina brands itself as an unpretentious, casual hangout spot. Think nachos, baja fish tacos, corn ribs and cold beer.
Rosie’s Burgers has opened a new Toronto location at 573 Queen West. The mom-and-pop-inspired diner serves a simple but classic menu of smash burgers, fries, poutine and milkshakes.