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One of Yorkville’s most cherished, celebrated restaurants, Brothers Food and Wine, has gone the way of so many others during these uncertain times and announced that it will be closing for good, with a last service on July 18th.
Opened in 2017 by friends, not actual brothers, Christopher White and Jonathan Nicolaou, Brothers instantly thrilled critics and diners with its seasonal, internationally-inspired fare and rare, often natural, wine finds. That year, Brothers was named the city’s best new restaurant by Toronto Life magazine. Since 2018, it has also appeared yearly on the list of Canada’s 100 Best Restaurants.
“It is with heavy hearts that we have decided to close the restaurant,” reads a message posted to Instagram on July 13th. Though the owners intended to, “ride the waves of uncertainty with the hope that we would get back to regular service as soon as possible,” in the end, the world’s new reality made reopening impossible.
Beyond its deceptively simple cuisine, the tiny spot was loved for its intimate, romantic vibe made up mostly of bar seating with a few tables in back. Unfortunately, the restaurant’s small size added to the challenge of reopening. “Brothers was purposefully built as a small and intimate space,” reads the Instagram post. “This contradicts any reasonable expectations of moving forward given the guidelines for a safe reopening.”
Trout Crudo with Cucumber and Sorrel
The only glimmer of hope to the truly bleak situation may be in the team’s parting words; “Know that we have every intention of recommitting to this work and feel we have a lot left to contribute.”
We will miss this place dearly ❤️