February frost is setting in nicely, and with the 31 god-for-saking days of January now in our rear view mirror, this month the leap year of 29 days seems downright manageable. Toss in a Valentine’s Day, Family Day long weekend and now we actually have something to look forward to!

Superbowl is quite literally my least favourite sporting event, but since there’s a few million people out there who pretend to be interested, we’ll name drop Wahlburgers as our best place to catch the game. With a $50 all-you-can-eat option (that includes four drinks) and discounts if you’re sporting a jersey too. While the Pat’s aren’t in it, you can still feel like winner with Wahlburger gift cards up for grabs for every point.

Wahlburgers


Winterlicious is on, running until the 13th of February. Our top pick? Babel, the new offering from O&B at Bayview and York Mills. Chef Rosie Keshishian curates a memorable menu for those seeking some Middle Eastern eats, and ‘Licious is a great excuse to try something new.
While technically in March, you’re best to get your tickets now for the Turn up the Heat culinary event on March 5th. $125 gets you in the door, celebrating fantastic female chefs and cooks, like Vanessa Yeung, Doris Fin and Cookie Martinez. Stay tuned for more on this incredible event!
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Missed OVO Carole’s cannabis cooking class this month? Tickets sold out in a flash, but February 27th is another option for canna-cuisine. byMINISTRY‘s pop up will ensure you’re getting your daily dose of greens, and a stunning immersive meal with Chefs Ted Corrado and Charlotte Langley.

Now Open
Our friends Hemant and Trevor are bringing the heat by way of PŌPA at Bayview Village Mall. Burmese food will be the highlight, meshing comfort-food curries with flavourful rice and noodle dishes. Stay tuned for a full profile on this stunner!

PŌPA

PŌPA’s pappas- Hemant and Trevor


Boxcar Social said yes to the old Yeah Yeahs Pizza spot on Yonge, just south of Summerhill.
Everyone is buzzing for Bar Biltmore on Bloor West, which opened January 11th. Osteria Rialto is part of the property, making the historic Paradise Building the place to be.
Birch Bistro packed up to bring Piano Piano north to Mount Pleasant. The sibling to the original pizza parlour on Harbord offers the classic Italian eats with Victor Barry’s flourishes.

February Openings
The official press release went out, February 4th will see throngs of east enders rejoice collectively at the doorstep of Gusto 501. The devil is in the details, and with Janet Zuccarini at the helm, we know it will be worth the wait. The morning to night concept featuring Italian creations under Janet’s careful watch.

Coming Soon
Cafe Landwer is expanding north! The Israeli coffee emporium boasts fresh and healthy meals, from morning to night, a perfect fit for Avenue Road and their soon to launch Yonge and Sheppard concept.
ARDO is expanding to Cabbagetown with the addition of DOVA. Merging flavours from Mediterranean with Sicily influences, expect big things from this Carlton eatery.
They’re tight lipped on the concept, but can confirm that the big reveal will happen soon…Speakeasy 21 has been taken over by the culinary masterminds at O&B, stay tuned on what will go in as soon as we shake it out of them!
Queue du Cheval is setting the pace for a strong finish on the King West property, flanked by theatres and offices, this restaurant’s got legs to go the distance.

King and Portland will be welcoming Añejo with open arms. The tequila-obsessed Mexican restaurant is opening this winter, with a heavyweight cocktail list and private dining rooms to court King West out of their condos.
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Bean and Baker


It’s splits for Bean and Baker Malt Shop on Harbord. Brennan and Liezal Anderson announced the closing on their Instagram, citing shifting priorities and thanking the loyal patrons of the adorable malt shop.
And Globe Bistro at Danforth and Broadview has closed after being open for more than a decade. The celebrated brunch spot known for their Canadian influences closed at the end of the year.
And while it’s technically not closed, it will likely be soon. A fly on the wall tells us that Norm from The Cut on Queen is accused of owing staff and suppliers thousands, and instead of just paying, he’s threatening them and going all turbo. Best to sit this play out.

RIP Oliva


And Oliva on Yonge, the original has closed. After rebranding to a restaurant, the concept was lost on customers, so they quietly closed their doors last month.
All photos by Libby Roach except byMINISTRY.
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