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COVID-19 permanent restaurant closures by neighbourhood

COVID-19 permanent restaurant closures by neighbourhood

COVID-19 permanent restaurant closures by neighbourhood

As COVID-19 continues to sweep across the nation, the hospitality industry is among the hardest hit. Though many restaurants have moved their operations over to takeout, delivery or even grocery services, others have struggled to meet rent obligations and remain open during these unprecedented times.

A recent survey from Restaurants Canada revealed that the Canadian food service sector laid off 800,000 people in March. According to the Financial Post, the survey found that "10% of the country’s 97,500 restaurants, bars and cafés have already permanently closed [and] another 18% said they will be forced to close for good within a month if current conditions continue."

With significant loss of revenue and lack of rent relief, many are forced to shutter their doors. 

Shanna Munro, President and CEO of Restaurants Canada, says that restaurants who do manage to survive the current pandemic will experience "crushing levels of debt" that could take a generation to recover from. 

Here is a list of restaurants, eateries and bars that have permanently closed due to the COVID-19 crisis: 

Last Updated: Tuesday, September 15, 2020

The Annex

Big Sushi 

Green Beanery 

Live Organic Food Bar

The Puck 

Christie Pits

Universal Grill

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It is with heavy hearts we are making the announcement that Universal Grill is now permanently closed after an incredible 24 years of serving Toronto. The financial strain associated with being closed during the COVID-19 crisis was beyond what we could handle. There are many people to thank for making Universal Grill so special and able to thrive for so many years. Firstly, Thambirajah Inpanathan, the genius behind Rajah’s dry ribs. Rajah has been the true backbone of Universal Grill and without him, it would not be the same. He has been with us since the beginning and is the hardest working person I have ever seen in a kitchen. His dedication is beyond words. Thank you Raj. We love you. Next, our brunch chef Sean Keenan who has never missed a weekend of serving up what some might say was Toronto’s best brunch. For the last 16 years he has been there, just as eager on the last day of service as he was the first. Thank you Sean, you amaze everyone. Our staff… we wouldn’t have lasted as long as we did without the love everyone put into our little restaurant, both front and back of house. Everyone pitched in and wore multiple hats. I don’t think it’s too often you see staff stay employed at a restaurant for up to 10 years or more… and then keep in touch, and remain friends once ways are parted. Thank you. Our customers.. imagine generation after generation of families choosing to visit us. Engagements, weddings, births, anniversaries - you allowed us celebrate with you, and we cherish that. Dear friends were made, thoughtful conversations had. Thank you all the way back to 1996. It’s been a wonderful journey, Toronto. Xoxoxo. #since1996 #tbt

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Danforth

Nando's (Danforth, Queen West, Beaches location)

Hollandaise Diner (closing October)

Shore Leave Tiki Bar 

Dundas West

The Red Light

The Six Brewhouse 

Dundas East

True Love Cafe

Entertainment District

Crocodile Rock

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Pancho y Emilano (King Street location)

Pizza Pizza (Front Street & Blue Jays Way)

Underground Garage 

Financial District

Marché Mövenpick Toronto (all locations)

Prairie Girl Bakery (PATH First Canadian Place)

Supernova Ballroom 

Harbord Village

BB's Diner 

LeTAO 

The Junction 

Dino's Pizza (Junction location)

Vesuvio Pizzeria and Spaghetti House

Kensington Market

Moo Frites 

Koreatown

NishDish

White Brick Kitchen

Leslieville

Brickyard Bistro

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We have decided that the time has come to close the chapter on Brickyard Bistro.  We are so thankful to all of you in the community, family, and friends alike for your generosity, and kind spirits.  This place has not only taught us a lot about running a business, but also a lot about ourselves.  Throughout this process we have experienced more ups and downs than expected (hello covid, hello construction every other weekend!) but overall we walk away with knowing we made great new friendships, and we hope we have left a positive mark on the community.   To be completely honest, friends - running a small bistro is HARD. Yes, you have heard it before, but it is so so true.  There comes a point when doing what you love just isn’t enough anymore. The restaurant culture here makes it basically impossible to thrive, for both employees and owners alike. It takes so much from you, not just financially, but emotionally as well.  We have chosen to take the opportunity that our landlords (who have been absolutely wonderful, fair, and supportive throughout these covid times) gave us to end our lease prematurely, so that we can end on a note that we feel comfortable with and go back to focusing on family and personal well-being.  To our amazing staff - we would like to publicly thank you all for your dedication, work ethic, and care that you put into your work with us every single day.  You were the best of the best, and for that, we are grateful. We will always be a Brickyard Family!! We will be open in a Stage 2 format for the rest of the summer, with our last day being brunch on Sunday Aug 30th.  Please come on by to say goodbyes, and any support you continue to give us through this last month will be extremely appreciated.  Also, if you are a holder of any Gift Cards for the Bistro, they can be used up until our last day, so please make use of them if you plan to before they expire! Thank you all once again from the bottom of our hearts! Team Brickyard

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Flying Pony 

Yummy House 

The Dock

Little Italy

Il Gatto Nero

Orbit Room

The Hideout Toronto

Queen West

Ama Always

Butter Avenue

Cafe Crepe 

Cauldron Ice Cream 

Clove Apple Cafe

Gandhi Indian Cuisine

Jules Bistro

Plentea

Poutini's

Pretty Ugly

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Dear Prettyugly fans, patrons, followers. We are regrettably announcing the closure of this little cocktail bar. Covid-19 has setback many industries and small businesses. Beverage focused hospitality in particular. We hope to one day open up again at a different location but have no idea if/when that may be. Yes, it's sad to close and we will miss the amazing times we've had, the events we've thrown, fundraisers, competitions, dj sets, sushi, candy bowls, Sup Wit Dat's, dumplings, awkward moments, delicious mezcal, international pop-ups, and the list goes on. The physical space is gone but the memories are ours forever, and maybe one day we'll get to make more. However, the real sadness is that we aren't able to be there for you during this difficult time. Bars are community hubs that can provide true comfort and safety to guests during times like these. Right now we are seeing a much needed change in the world. A change that needs to be made within the hospitality industry as a whole. Whatever Prettyugly looks like in the future if we're fortunate enough to revive this idea, it will rightfully look a lot different yet resemble the needed change in our industry and the world. If we are able to help change the restaurant and bar industry, we can help chip away at institutionalized white supremacy and individualization which WILL ultimately lead to the end of innocent people being unfairly marginalized, displaced, and murdered. See you around, The Prettyugly team.

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The Beaver

Tennessee Tavern, replaced with Gianna's Pies and Patties

Yeon

West Queen West

Roselle (Queen location)

Riverside

Lucky Star

Prohibition Gastrohouse 

Roncesvalles

The Westerly 

Trinity-Bellwoods

Boom Breakfast & Co.

Canis

Friday Roots and Vibes

Southern Accent

Virtuous Pie

PrayTell

St. Clair

Dave's 

Scallywags

SoSo Food Club

St. Lawrence

Club 120 and 120 Diner 

Golden Thai 

Hogtown Smoke

True True Diner 

Yorkville

Brother's Food and Wine

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NOTHING ENDURES BUT CHANGE. AT THIS TIME, WE WOULD LIKE TO ANNOUNCE THAT THIS SATURDAY'S DINNER WILL BE OUR LAST SERVICE AT BROTHERS. IT IS WITH HEAVY HEARTS THAT WE HAVE DECIDED TO CLOSE THE RESTAURANT. WITH THE TEMPORARY CLOSURE THIS SPRING IT WAS OUR INTENTION TO RIDE THE WAVES OF UNCERTAINTY WITH THE HOPE THAT WE WOULD GET BACK TO REGULAR SERVICE AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. WE NOW FEEL IT IS NO LONGER RESPONSIBLE TO PLAN ON ANY FORM OF NORMAL OR MEANINGFUL DINING IN THE NEAR FUTURE. BROTHERS WAS PURPOSEFULLY BUILT AS A SMALL AND INTIMATE SPACE. THIS CONTRADICTS ANY REASONABLE EXPECTATIONS OF MOVING FORWARD GIVEN THE GUIDELINES FOR A SAFE REOPENING. WE WOULD LIKE TO THANK OUR STAFF WHO HAVE BEEN NOTHING SHORT OF AMAZING.THE SINGLE HARDEST PART OF RUNNING BROTHERS HAS BEEN BUILDING A TEAM THAT SHARES OUR VISION AND INTEREST IN FOOD & HOSPITALITY. OUR TEAM IS THE MOST DEDICATED GROUP OF EMPLOYEES WE HAVE EVER WORKED WITH, MANY OF WHOM ARE READY TO CONTRIBUTE THEIR OWN VISIONS IN THIS CITY, AND WE LOOK FORWARD TO THEIR SUCCESS. THE RELATIONSHIPS WE HAVE BUILT WITH OUR GUESTS ARE TRULY BEYOND WORDS. ANY SUCCESS WE HAVE EXPERIENCED IS A REFLECTION OF OUR COMMUNITY & BROTHERS IS NOTHING WITHOUT IT. YOUR LOVE AND SUPPORT HAS TRULY BEEN OVERWHELMING. THANK YOU, WE LOVE YOU. WE NEVER INTENDED FOR THIS TO BE FOREVER, ALWAYS UNDERSTANDING THIS WAS A STEPPING STONE IN OUR CAREERS. BROTHERS WAS INTENDED TO BE A VESSEL IN WHICH WE SHARED OUR THOUGHTS ON FOOD, WINE, AND MOST IMPORTANTLY, HOSPITALITY. WE ARE VERY PROUD THAT BROTHERS NEVER WAVERED IN ITS INTENTIONS. IT PAINS US GREATLY NOT BE ABLE TO HOST YOU HERE FOR A PROPER GOODBYE, BUT KNOW THAT WE HAVE EVERY INTENTION OF RE COMMITTING TO THIS WORK & FEEL WE HAVE A LOT LEFT TO CONTRIBUTE. THANKS FOR EVERYTHING, SEE YOU DOWN THE ROAD. “THIS RIVER I STEP IN, IS NOT THE RIVER I STAND IN”

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Sorelle & Co. (Yorkville and Vaughn)

Yonge Street

Labothéry (all locations)

Etobicoke

Luci 

Tucker's Marketplace (all Canadian locations)

Midtown

Dufflet Uptown (Lawrence Park South location)

JJ Bean (all Toronto locations; Eglinton, Adelaide, Bartley)

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As COVID-19 continues to sweep across the nation, the hospitality industry is among the hardest hit. Though many restaurants have moved their operations over to takeout, delivery or even grocery services, others have struggled to meet rent obligations and remain open during these unprecedented times.

A recent survey from Restaurants Canada revealed that the Canadian food service sector laid off 800,000 people in March. According to the Financial Post, the survey found that "10% of the country’s 97,500 restaurants, bars and cafés have already permanently closed [and] another 18% said they will be forced to close for good within a month if current conditions continue."

With significant loss of revenue and lack of rent relief, many are forced to shutter their doors. 

Shanna Munro, President and CEO of Restaurants Canada, says that restaurants who do manage to survive the current pandemic will experience "crushing levels of debt" that could take a generation to recover from. 

Here is a list of restaurants, eateries and bars that have permanently closed due to the COVID-19 crisis: 

Last Updated: Tuesday, September 15, 2020

The Annex

Big Sushi 

Green Beanery 

Live Organic Food Bar

The Puck 

Christie Pits

Universal Grill

View this post on Instagram

It is with heavy hearts we are making the announcement that Universal Grill is now permanently closed after an incredible 24 years of serving Toronto. The financial strain associated with being closed during the COVID-19 crisis was beyond what we could handle. There are many people to thank for making Universal Grill so special and able to thrive for so many years. Firstly, Thambirajah Inpanathan, the genius behind Rajah’s dry ribs. Rajah has been the true backbone of Universal Grill and without him, it would not be the same. He has been with us since the beginning and is the hardest working person I have ever seen in a kitchen. His dedication is beyond words. Thank you Raj. We love you. Next, our brunch chef Sean Keenan who has never missed a weekend of serving up what some might say was Toronto’s best brunch. For the last 16 years he has been there, just as eager on the last day of service as he was the first. Thank you Sean, you amaze everyone. Our staff… we wouldn’t have lasted as long as we did without the love everyone put into our little restaurant, both front and back of house. Everyone pitched in and wore multiple hats. I don’t think it’s too often you see staff stay employed at a restaurant for up to 10 years or more… and then keep in touch, and remain friends once ways are parted. Thank you. Our customers.. imagine generation after generation of families choosing to visit us. Engagements, weddings, births, anniversaries - you allowed us celebrate with you, and we cherish that. Dear friends were made, thoughtful conversations had. Thank you all the way back to 1996. It’s been a wonderful journey, Toronto. Xoxoxo. #since1996 #tbt

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Danforth

Nando's (Danforth, Queen West, Beaches location)

Hollandaise Diner (closing October)

Shore Leave Tiki Bar 

Dundas West

The Red Light

The Six Brewhouse 

Dundas East

True Love Cafe

Entertainment District

Crocodile Rock

View this post on Instagram

🐊🍻💕

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Pancho y Emilano (King Street location)

Pizza Pizza (Front Street & Blue Jays Way)

Underground Garage 

Financial District

Marché Mövenpick Toronto (all locations)

Prairie Girl Bakery (PATH First Canadian Place)

Supernova Ballroom 

Harbord Village

BB's Diner 

LeTAO 

The Junction 

Dino's Pizza (Junction location)

Vesuvio Pizzeria and Spaghetti House

Kensington Market

Moo Frites 

Koreatown

NishDish

White Brick Kitchen

Leslieville

Brickyard Bistro

View this post on Instagram

We have decided that the time has come to close the chapter on Brickyard Bistro.  We are so thankful to all of you in the community, family, and friends alike for your generosity, and kind spirits.  This place has not only taught us a lot about running a business, but also a lot about ourselves.  Throughout this process we have experienced more ups and downs than expected (hello covid, hello construction every other weekend!) but overall we walk away with knowing we made great new friendships, and we hope we have left a positive mark on the community.   To be completely honest, friends - running a small bistro is HARD. Yes, you have heard it before, but it is so so true.  There comes a point when doing what you love just isn’t enough anymore. The restaurant culture here makes it basically impossible to thrive, for both employees and owners alike. It takes so much from you, not just financially, but emotionally as well.  We have chosen to take the opportunity that our landlords (who have been absolutely wonderful, fair, and supportive throughout these covid times) gave us to end our lease prematurely, so that we can end on a note that we feel comfortable with and go back to focusing on family and personal well-being.  To our amazing staff - we would like to publicly thank you all for your dedication, work ethic, and care that you put into your work with us every single day.  You were the best of the best, and for that, we are grateful. We will always be a Brickyard Family!! We will be open in a Stage 2 format for the rest of the summer, with our last day being brunch on Sunday Aug 30th.  Please come on by to say goodbyes, and any support you continue to give us through this last month will be extremely appreciated.  Also, if you are a holder of any Gift Cards for the Bistro, they can be used up until our last day, so please make use of them if you plan to before they expire! Thank you all once again from the bottom of our hearts! Team Brickyard

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Flying Pony 

Yummy House 

The Dock

Little Italy

Il Gatto Nero

Orbit Room

The Hideout Toronto

Queen West

Ama Always

Butter Avenue

Cafe Crepe 

Cauldron Ice Cream 

Clove Apple Cafe

Gandhi Indian Cuisine

Jules Bistro

Plentea

Poutini's

Pretty Ugly

View this post on Instagram

Dear Prettyugly fans, patrons, followers. We are regrettably announcing the closure of this little cocktail bar. Covid-19 has setback many industries and small businesses. Beverage focused hospitality in particular. We hope to one day open up again at a different location but have no idea if/when that may be. Yes, it's sad to close and we will miss the amazing times we've had, the events we've thrown, fundraisers, competitions, dj sets, sushi, candy bowls, Sup Wit Dat's, dumplings, awkward moments, delicious mezcal, international pop-ups, and the list goes on. The physical space is gone but the memories are ours forever, and maybe one day we'll get to make more. However, the real sadness is that we aren't able to be there for you during this difficult time. Bars are community hubs that can provide true comfort and safety to guests during times like these. Right now we are seeing a much needed change in the world. A change that needs to be made within the hospitality industry as a whole. Whatever Prettyugly looks like in the future if we're fortunate enough to revive this idea, it will rightfully look a lot different yet resemble the needed change in our industry and the world. If we are able to help change the restaurant and bar industry, we can help chip away at institutionalized white supremacy and individualization which WILL ultimately lead to the end of innocent people being unfairly marginalized, displaced, and murdered. See you around, The Prettyugly team.

A post shared by prettyugly (@prettyuglybar) on

The Beaver

Tennessee Tavern, replaced with Gianna's Pies and Patties

Yeon

West Queen West

Roselle (Queen location)

Riverside

Lucky Star

Prohibition Gastrohouse 

Roncesvalles

The Westerly 

Trinity-Bellwoods

Boom Breakfast & Co.

Canis

Friday Roots and Vibes

Southern Accent

Virtuous Pie

PrayTell

St. Clair

Dave's 

Scallywags

SoSo Food Club

St. Lawrence

Club 120 and 120 Diner 

Golden Thai 

Hogtown Smoke

True True Diner 

Yorkville

Brother's Food and Wine

View this post on Instagram

NOTHING ENDURES BUT CHANGE. AT THIS TIME, WE WOULD LIKE TO ANNOUNCE THAT THIS SATURDAY'S DINNER WILL BE OUR LAST SERVICE AT BROTHERS. IT IS WITH HEAVY HEARTS THAT WE HAVE DECIDED TO CLOSE THE RESTAURANT. WITH THE TEMPORARY CLOSURE THIS SPRING IT WAS OUR INTENTION TO RIDE THE WAVES OF UNCERTAINTY WITH THE HOPE THAT WE WOULD GET BACK TO REGULAR SERVICE AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. WE NOW FEEL IT IS NO LONGER RESPONSIBLE TO PLAN ON ANY FORM OF NORMAL OR MEANINGFUL DINING IN THE NEAR FUTURE. BROTHERS WAS PURPOSEFULLY BUILT AS A SMALL AND INTIMATE SPACE. THIS CONTRADICTS ANY REASONABLE EXPECTATIONS OF MOVING FORWARD GIVEN THE GUIDELINES FOR A SAFE REOPENING. WE WOULD LIKE TO THANK OUR STAFF WHO HAVE BEEN NOTHING SHORT OF AMAZING.THE SINGLE HARDEST PART OF RUNNING BROTHERS HAS BEEN BUILDING A TEAM THAT SHARES OUR VISION AND INTEREST IN FOOD & HOSPITALITY. OUR TEAM IS THE MOST DEDICATED GROUP OF EMPLOYEES WE HAVE EVER WORKED WITH, MANY OF WHOM ARE READY TO CONTRIBUTE THEIR OWN VISIONS IN THIS CITY, AND WE LOOK FORWARD TO THEIR SUCCESS. THE RELATIONSHIPS WE HAVE BUILT WITH OUR GUESTS ARE TRULY BEYOND WORDS. ANY SUCCESS WE HAVE EXPERIENCED IS A REFLECTION OF OUR COMMUNITY & BROTHERS IS NOTHING WITHOUT IT. YOUR LOVE AND SUPPORT HAS TRULY BEEN OVERWHELMING. THANK YOU, WE LOVE YOU. WE NEVER INTENDED FOR THIS TO BE FOREVER, ALWAYS UNDERSTANDING THIS WAS A STEPPING STONE IN OUR CAREERS. BROTHERS WAS INTENDED TO BE A VESSEL IN WHICH WE SHARED OUR THOUGHTS ON FOOD, WINE, AND MOST IMPORTANTLY, HOSPITALITY. WE ARE VERY PROUD THAT BROTHERS NEVER WAVERED IN ITS INTENTIONS. IT PAINS US GREATLY NOT BE ABLE TO HOST YOU HERE FOR A PROPER GOODBYE, BUT KNOW THAT WE HAVE EVERY INTENTION OF RE COMMITTING TO THIS WORK & FEEL WE HAVE A LOT LEFT TO CONTRIBUTE. THANKS FOR EVERYTHING, SEE YOU DOWN THE ROAD. “THIS RIVER I STEP IN, IS NOT THE RIVER I STAND IN”

A post shared by @ twentyvictoria on

Sorelle & Co. (Yorkville and Vaughn)

Yonge Street

Labothéry (all locations)

Etobicoke

Luci 

Tucker's Marketplace (all Canadian locations)

Midtown

Dufflet Uptown (Lawrence Park South location)

JJ Bean (all Toronto locations; Eglinton, Adelaide, Bartley)

Tags:

Restaurant Closures

COVID-19