March means spring is just within reach, with snow melting away to St Patrick’s Day, March Break and our own SuperBowl; International Women’s Day. The big thaw is on, so buckle up, grab a brolley and don’t let any virus dictate your life.
We’re stoked to attend the big event in celebration of culinary minded goddesses of gourmet. As expected, tickets for the upcoming Turn up the Heat for the March 5th event are fully sold out.

turn up the heat

turn up the heat

But another great option is March 8th’s The Society of Beer Drinking Ladies: International Women’s Day Celebration at Granite Brewery. And yes, dudes are welcome! Snag tickets and support Sistering a drop-in charity that supports women and trans women.
They say it’s all a state of mind, and that is exactly the cliche employed for Casa Loma‘s latest effort, the magic show of the same name opens in early April, and tickets will sell out soon (when they inevitably come available). We’ll save our visit for the delightful BlueBlood Steakhouse instead, and let the magic stay in the kitchen where it belongs.


Ever want to learn from a legend? Ufficio Chef Ivanka Raca is introducing her Sunday afternoon cooking sessions at the Dundas West eatery, grab tickets and lunch and learn from the master. March 8th (Yes, IWD!) marks her next class, for $119 you’ll learn, eat and schmooze. Grab tickets for this event here.
Executive Chef Andrew Piccinin from Parcheggio is also offering his talents to pasta class, where you’ll learn the ins and outs of his own Nonna’s recipes. The gnocchi masterclass was originally planned for March 24th, but has been postponed for the COVID-19 crisis. Stay tuned for updates.

Now Open
Storm Crow Manor’s new hidden bar The Black Lodge is now open. The secret space to drink is only open Fridays and Saturdays starting at 6pm. Exclusive cocktails in a Shining-esque atmosphere make this one a can’t miss. Or ever leave.
storm crown manor
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’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.
Smokeshow on Mount Pleasant is Toronto’s newest BBQ joint. Word on the street is the meat is top notch, while service is ironing out the inevitable kinks. Pay ’em a visit and let me know what you think!
King St East welcomed 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.
Cocktail Emporium at Union Station has just opened. The cutesy concourse shop features everything you need (except booze) to craft killer cocktails, or grab deluxe gifts on the go.
cocktail emporium- union

March Openings
The oldest watering hole in the city, the Wheat Sheaf Tavern is reopening after an extensive renovation. March 17th will see Irish eyes smiling and bar tabs aplenty for their epic relaunch.
And our friends at Canoe have been teasing us with dazzling images from their gussied up new space. The views are epic inside and out at Toronto’s top restaurant, we’ll have more on the new space next month!

Coming Soon
Not sure what happened first, but a series of unfortunate events led to Zebu departing the Marked Restaurant has taken over the lease at 123 John Street. Trolling through their IG, they’re only following one account, our friends at COC– could this be true?
And it’s a new look for Portland Variety with RubySoho taking over. Same owners, new look for the King and Portland bar, look for the paper to peel off the windows this spring.

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.

Hawthrone, the darling restaurant that did so much good, is closing their doors later this month.

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.

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.
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