Some well loved (and lesser-loved) Toronto shops, restaurants, cafes and other local businesses closed this past year. While the most high profile flameouts might have been Future Shop and Target there were a slew of smaller establishments that we also bid farewell to over the past 12 months including some longstanding Toronto institutions.
Here's a roundup of some of the notable Toronto businesses that closed in 2015.
The long-time College Street institution gave way to the opening of the Old Laurel when it packed it in and served its last margarita in August. Fear not, this Mexican eatery is due for a resurrection, re-opening at the corner of Edwin and Dupont in the new year.
New Year's Eve is the final blow out for this Harbord restaurant famous for its tasting menu and fine service. Chef and owner Victor Barry will shutter the 25-year-old Toronto institution in order to pursue "work-life balance," writes the Globe
St. Andrew Poultry
The Kensington Market stalwart had been in business since 1962, but suddenly shuttered right before Thanksgiving and even left a few customers in the lurch when they came to pick-up their pre-ordered turkeys.
The Kensington Market stalwart announced its closure late last year and shut the doors to the discount emporium at the onset of the new year.
The sultry cocktail parlour in Parkdale closed in August just short of its two year anniversary.
The Slow Room
The tiny coffee shop at College and Ossington suddenly found itself in a sea of competing indie cafes this year and called it quits.
Moo Milk Bar
Cookie lovers in The Beach(es) will mourn this mainstay, known for cookies, flavoured milk and ice cream sandwiches.
The fish shop on Dundas West was once home to a solid selection of oyster po'boys and fish tacos, but quality had been sinking prior to its close. The Pie Commission popped-up in its place soon after.
Not even a Million Dollar Review could keep Chef Nathan Isberg's interest piqued in running a conventional eatery. The restaurant operated on a pay-what-you-want model and had done away with booze, but Isberg still found the concept unfulfilling.
This charming southern Italian restaurant on College St. served white anchovy crostini and made one excellent Amaretto Sour. It shuttered this summer and is soon to be replaced by a new concept from the Playa Cabana family of restaurants.
The sustainable seafood spot on St. Clair just couldn't sustain itself.
The casual Italian eatery on West Queen West couldn't seem to attract enough attention even with its awesome street side patio.
Enzo Pizza Bar
The West Queen West pizzeria is among few on this list moving on to bigger and better things. The restaurant was bought by an American hospitality group, and while it's deadpool in Toronto, the restaurant will live on in Los Angeles and Mexico.
The Grilled Cheese
This sandwich shop in Kensington Market shut down amidst allegations of shady business practices and unpaid wages. New owners took over and promptly reinstated a grilled cheese-centric outlet in the neighbourhood.
The vegetarian brunch destination on Adelaide closed in June when owner Al Ridley retired.
This End Up
The late night snack/cocktail bar on Dundas West was once home to the Better Mac, a totally awesome upgrade on McD's signature offering. The place closed its doors after a three year run and has been replaced by Antler.
That little pocket of great Indian food on Queen West is thinner than ever with the closure of Trimurti too.
The Vegan Duchess
The vegan eatery closed up shop at Yonge & Eglinton this fall and has since revamped its business model as a raw vegan catering, juice cleanse and meal delivery service.
The home brew supply shop quietly shut its doors back in October.
What did I miss? Add your notable Toronto businesses that closed this year in the comments.
by Liora Ipsum via blogTO