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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
Live Organic Food Bar
Nando's (Danforth, Queen West, Beaches location)
Hollandaise Diner (closing October)
Shore Leave Tiki Bar
The Red Light
The Six Brewhouse
True Love Cafe
Pancho y Emilano (King Street location)
Pizza Pizza (Front Street & Blue Jays Way)
Marché Mövenpick Toronto (all locations)
Prairie Girl Bakery (PATH First Canadian Place)
Dino's Pizza (Junction location)
Vesuvio Pizzeria and Spaghetti House
White Brick Kitchen
Il Gatto Nero
The Hideout Toronto
Cauldron Ice Cream
Clove Apple Cafe
Gandhi Indian Cuisine
Tennessee Tavern, replaced with Gianna's Pies and Patties
Roselle (Queen location)
Boom Breakfast & Co.
Friday Roots and Vibes
SoSo Food Club
Club 120 and 120 Diner
True True Diner
Brother's Food and Wine
Sorelle & Co. (Yorkville and Vaughn)
Labothéry (all locations)
Tucker's Marketplace (all Canadian locations)
Dufflet Uptown (Lawrence Park South location)
JJ Bean (all Toronto locations; Eglinton, Adelaide, Bartley)