If you plan on going out for dinner over the holiday season, you may want to give your restaurant of choice a quick call before you pop by. A growing number of Toronto bars, cafes, restos, and concert venues are closing down through the holidays in light of new capacity limits in Ontario and potential COVID exposures.
Restaurants are also subject to new curfews — restricting alcohol sales after 10 p.m. and closing entirely by 11 p.m. — which is another blow that makes it harder to fill tables.
All of these reasons are why dozens of restaurants are choosing to wind down operations for a few weeks and even indefinitely. The VP of Restaurants Canada, James Rilett, told the Toronto Star that for some places, it’s wiser to close entirely than to stay open under the restrictions.
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“It’s tough bringing together staff when you’re not sure if you’ll be open or closed next week, so sometimes it’s easier to not open at all,” he said.
While some places are staying open for takeout and delivery, others are closing up shop completely. Here are 26 of the restaurants that have reportedly announced closures so far:
- Aloette — 163 Spadina Ave
- Alobar Yorkville — 162 Cumberland St
- Big Crow BBQ — 176 Dupont St
- Bar Vendetta — 928 Dundas St W
- Civil Liberties — 878 Bloor St W
- DaiLo — 503 College St
- Donna’s — 827 Lansdowne St
- Drom Taberna — 458 Queen St W
- Honest Weight — 2766 Dundas St W
- Fat Pasha — 414 Dupont St
- Fet Zun — 252 Dupont St
- Greta Solomon’s — 1118 Queen St W
- Greater Good Bar — 229 Geary Ave
- Larry’s Folly — 1462 Queen St W
- La Palma — 849 Dundas St W
- Le Swan — 892 Queen St W
- Mahjong Bar — 1276 Dundas St W
- Pauper’s Pub — 539 Bloor St W
- Snackbar — 181 Bathurst St
- Skyline — 1426 Queen St W,
- Swan Dive — 1631 Dundas St W
- The Grand Elvis — 176 Dupont St
- The Local — 396 Roncesvalles Ave
- The Old Sod — 2936 Bloor St W
- Three Speed — 1163 Bloor St W
- Rhum Corner — 926 Dundas St W