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COVID-19 permanent restaurant and bar closures by neighbourhood

COVID-19 permanent restaurant and bar closures by neighbourhood

COVID-19 permanent restaurant and bar 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 during the COVID-19 crisis: 

Last Updated: Thursday, November 26, 2020

The Annex

Apollo Eleven Restaurant

The Coffee Lab

Green Beanery 

Live Organic Food Bar

The Puck 

Universal Grill

The Beaches

The Elm Tree

Bloordale

The Delaware

Emmys Ice Cream

Garfield Eats

Bloorcourt Village

The Delaware (replaced by Port Light, set to open December)

Brockton Village

Wallflower

Cabbagetown

The Landsdowne Cone

True Love Cafe

Chinatown

Jules Bistro (Leslieville and Queen West locations still open)

Yeon

Church-Wellesley Village

Golden Thai (Church Street location)

The Wickson Social

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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Corktown

Odin Coffee Roasters

Danforth

Athena Bakery

Brass Taps Pizza Sub (College location still open)

The Ellery

Hollandaise Diner

Nando's (21 locations have closed so far across the country)

New York Cafe

Pappas Grill

Shore Leave Tiki Bar 

Old Nick

Downtown

Taiyaki NYC

Dufferin Grove

Bake Shoppe (retail shop is temporarily closed. Bake Shoppe's new space is still TBA)

Dundas West

Friday Roots and Vibes

The Red Light

The Six Brewhouse

SoSo Food Club

Mezu's

Entertainment District

Crocodile Rock

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Kit Kat Italian Bar and Grill

The Office Pub

Pancho y Emilano (King Street location)

Montecito

Underground Garage 

Wayne Gretzky's

Financial District

The Chase Fish and Oyster (now Planta Cocina)

Marché Mövenpick Toronto (all locations)

Prairie Girl Bakery (PATH First Canadian Place)

Rusi

Supernova Ballroom 

Harbord Village

River Tai

Hillcrest Village

Dave's on St. Clair

The Junction 

Dino's Pizza (Junction location)

Vesuvio Pizzeria and Spaghetti House

Kensington Market

Cold Tea (Kensington, Queen Street still open)

Maracas

Moo Frites 

Torteria San Cosme

The Boat

Koreatown

NishDish

Torteria San Cosme

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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The Dock on Queen

Mad Dog Cafe (Will be replaced with East End Vine, a new restaurant and wine bar set to open in December)

Sweat & Soda

Yummy House 

Little India

Flying Pony

Little Italy

Bake Shoppe

BBs Diner

Boom Breakfast (Yonge and Eglinton and St. Clair locations still open)

Burgatory

Il Gatto Nero

Orbit Room

L'Arc En Ciel

LeTAO

Pray Tell

Southern Accent

The Hideout Toronto

The Walton

Trattoria Giancarlo

Virtuous Pie

Woodlot

Little Portugal

Mezu

Moss Park

Spice Indian Bistro

Queen West

Butter Avenue

Cafe Crepe 

Cauldron Ice Cream 

Clove Apple Cafe

Gandhi Indian Cuisine

Plentea

Rickshaw Bar

West Queen West

Ama

The Beaver

Carmen

Poutini's

Tacos Ricos

Roselle (Queen location)

Parkdale

Pretty Ugly

Tennessee Tavern, replaced with Gianna's Pies and Patties

Stones Place

Regent Park

Vicino Italian Kitchen

Riverside

Elvy & Flo Cafe

I'll Be Seeing You

Lucky Star

Prohibition Gastrohouse (under new ownership, now Prohibition Social House)

Ruby Watchco

Roncesvalles

The Ace

Lambretta Pizzeria and Wine Bar

Mean Bao (Roncesvalles and St. Clair and Yonge locations have closed)

The Westerly 

Thai Chef

Trinity-Bellwoods

Canis

The Ossington

Scarborough

Wexford Restaurant

Victorian Monkey

Taste of Empanada

St. Clair

Dave's 

Scallywags

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”

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HÖM Cafe

Sorelle & Co. (Yorkville and Vaughn)

Yonge Street

Labothéry (all locations)

Pickle Barrel (all locations)

Swiss Chalet (Yonge & Gerrard)

Etobicoke

Luci 

Tucker's Marketplace (all Canadian locations)

Union Chicken (Sherway Gardens location temporarily closed)

Midtown

Dufflet Uptown (Lawrence Park South location)

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

North York

Genghis Khan Mongolian Grill

Sea-Hi Famous Chinese Chop Suey

Markham

Frankie Tomatto's

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Sadly, this is an ongoing list and will be updated as new closures are announced. If you know of any closures, feel free to comment them below. Let's do our best to support local business in these difficult times -- check out our guides section for our curated lists of go-to dishes and spots in Toronto.

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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 during the COVID-19 crisis: 

Last Updated: Thursday, November 26, 2020

The Annex

Apollo Eleven Restaurant

The Coffee Lab

Green Beanery 

Live Organic Food Bar

The Puck 

Universal Grill

The Beaches

The Elm Tree

Bloordale

The Delaware

Emmys Ice Cream

Garfield Eats

Bloorcourt Village

The Delaware (replaced by Port Light, set to open December)

Brockton Village

Wallflower

Cabbagetown

The Landsdowne Cone

True Love Cafe

Chinatown

Jules Bistro (Leslieville and Queen West locations still open)

Yeon

Church-Wellesley Village

Golden Thai (Church Street location)

The Wickson Social

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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Corktown

Odin Coffee Roasters

Danforth

Athena Bakery

Brass Taps Pizza Sub (College location still open)

The Ellery

Hollandaise Diner

Nando's (21 locations have closed so far across the country)

New York Cafe

Pappas Grill

Shore Leave Tiki Bar 

Old Nick

Downtown

Taiyaki NYC

Dufferin Grove

Bake Shoppe (retail shop is temporarily closed. Bake Shoppe's new space is still TBA)

Dundas West

Friday Roots and Vibes

The Red Light

The Six Brewhouse

SoSo Food Club

Mezu's

Entertainment District

Crocodile Rock

View this post on Instagram

🐊🍻💕

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Kit Kat Italian Bar and Grill

The Office Pub

Pancho y Emilano (King Street location)

Montecito

Underground Garage 

Wayne Gretzky's

Financial District

The Chase Fish and Oyster (now Planta Cocina)

Marché Mövenpick Toronto (all locations)

Prairie Girl Bakery (PATH First Canadian Place)

Rusi

Supernova Ballroom 

Harbord Village

River Tai

Hillcrest Village

Dave's on St. Clair

The Junction 

Dino's Pizza (Junction location)

Vesuvio Pizzeria and Spaghetti House

Kensington Market

Cold Tea (Kensington, Queen Street still open)

Maracas

Moo Frites 

Torteria San Cosme

The Boat

Koreatown

NishDish

Torteria San Cosme

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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The Dock on Queen

Mad Dog Cafe (Will be replaced with East End Vine, a new restaurant and wine bar set to open in December)

Sweat & Soda

Yummy House 

Little India

Flying Pony

Little Italy

Bake Shoppe

BBs Diner

Boom Breakfast (Yonge and Eglinton and St. Clair locations still open)

Burgatory

Il Gatto Nero

Orbit Room

L'Arc En Ciel

LeTAO

Pray Tell

Southern Accent

The Hideout Toronto

The Walton

Trattoria Giancarlo

Virtuous Pie

Woodlot

Little Portugal

Mezu

Moss Park

Spice Indian Bistro

Queen West

Butter Avenue

Cafe Crepe 

Cauldron Ice Cream 

Clove Apple Cafe

Gandhi Indian Cuisine

Plentea

Rickshaw Bar

West Queen West

Ama

The Beaver

Carmen

Poutini's

Tacos Ricos

Roselle (Queen location)

Parkdale

Pretty Ugly

Tennessee Tavern, replaced with Gianna's Pies and Patties

Stones Place

Regent Park

Vicino Italian Kitchen

Riverside

Elvy & Flo Cafe

I'll Be Seeing You

Lucky Star

Prohibition Gastrohouse (under new ownership, now Prohibition Social House)

Ruby Watchco

Roncesvalles

The Ace

Lambretta Pizzeria and Wine Bar

Mean Bao (Roncesvalles and St. Clair and Yonge locations have closed)

The Westerly 

Thai Chef

Trinity-Bellwoods

Canis

The Ossington

Scarborough

Wexford Restaurant

Victorian Monkey

Taste of Empanada

St. Clair

Dave's 

Scallywags

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

HÖM Cafe

Sorelle & Co. (Yorkville and Vaughn)

Yonge Street

Labothéry (all locations)

Pickle Barrel (all locations)

Swiss Chalet (Yonge & Gerrard)

Etobicoke

Luci 

Tucker's Marketplace (all Canadian locations)

Union Chicken (Sherway Gardens location temporarily closed)

Midtown

Dufflet Uptown (Lawrence Park South location)

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

North York

Genghis Khan Mongolian Grill

Sea-Hi Famous Chinese Chop Suey

Markham

Frankie Tomatto's

__

Sadly, this is an ongoing list and will be updated as new closures are announced. If you know of any closures, feel free to comment them below. Let's do our best to support local business in these difficult times -- check out our guides section for our curated lists of go-to dishes and spots in Toronto.

Tags:

Restaurant Closures

COVID-19