New Businesses Opening in Toronto

Opening Soon in Toronto... Tibetan Paper & Handicraft

Opening soon at 609B Bloor Street West (south side) is Tibetan Paper & Handicraft. I'm excited for this one, as I love beautiful, colourful wrapping paper and handmade cards. This lovely shop imports high quality, ecologically friendly Tibetan Himalayan handmade papers directly from Nepal and India. It's on the south side, not far from the Paradise Theatre. Rosie :)


Opening Soon in Etobicoke... Earl's

Earl's Kitchen + Bar has 67 locations across North America so it's not exactly the kind of locally owned small business we typically showcase here on the Scoop. But, the development of this particular Earl's across from Sherway Gardens sparked my interest because the construction of it seemed frozen in time- it ground to a halt just as the pandemic was declared last March. Now over a year later, things are moving again and a new sign says it is opening this summer. A literal sign of hope that all types of restaurants and bars will be back in action soon. Rosie :)


Opening Soon in Mimico... Aster's Refined Cakes

Another new business is opening in the Mimico area of Etobicoke. Brown paper has been spotted in the windows of Aster's Refined Cakes, a patisserie opening in June. Located at 2358 Lake Shore Blvd (on the north side) their cakes are unreal. It's actually just across the street from another business about to open, Barrel House Korchma. Welcome to the neighbourhood Aster's. Rosie :)


Opening Soon in Mimico... Barrel House Korchma

Spotted... brown paper in the windows in Mimico at 2385 Lakeshore Blvd West! Barrel House Korchma is a family-run Eastern European restaurant offering a selection of traditional menu items based off of their grandma's recipes. Just in time for Ukrainian Easter! Rosie :)


Opening Soon in Etobicoke... On The Move Fresh Kitchen

The brown paper has been removed from the windows... On The Move Fresh Kitchen is about to open on the Queensway! It takes the place of Lucky's Cafe which did not survive 2020; it closed not long after the first pandemic lockdown. This corner has been dreary for awhile so it's wonderful to see a new restaurant about to open its doors.


On The Move Fresh Kitchen used to be a very popular food truck serving absolutely amazing Caribbean food. Just take a peek here at their Instagram feed to get an idea of their mouthwatering dishes like honey spicy shrimp and lemon pepper wings mac & cheese. Good luck getting yourself off that page, the food pics are fantastic. On The Move Fresh Kitchen is located at 715 The Queensway just east of Royal York. Rosie :)


Opening Soon in Parkdale... Gus Tacos

Well this is exciting. There is the original, beloved Gus Tacos in Kensington Market, on Augusta. Then owners Emilio Morales and Augustine Morales opened another Gus at Bloor and Dufferin, on Gladstone (this location opened last year in the middle of the pandemic, with a focus on takeout and food delivery.) Now a third location is coming to Parkdale, on Queen West just east of Roncesvalles. There's the brown paper. It's happening!


The Gus Tacos Instagram page is an glorious feed of colourful taco joy, check it out if you need a distraction and a reminder of better things to come... chilaca tacos, beer and margaritas on a sunny patio. Rosie :)

Opening Soon in Etobicoke... Meza Resto Bar

Toronto restaurants that opened their patios a couple of weeks ago had to quickly close them again as the third wave of the pandemic fills up ICUs. It's a terribly uncertain time, and tough to watch so many businesses close down in the city. On a hopeful note, there's also many "coming soon" signs spotted in windows. It's always exciting to see that encouraging brown paper, signaling something fun and new is on the way to the neighbourhoood:


With that in mind, the Scoop is going to highlight new restaurant openings in Toronto, so these new businesses are on our radars and we can support them when it's time. Meza Resto Bar is a Mediterranean restaurant that will be serving up seafood, steaks and live music at 664 The Queensway. The exterior of the building was recently painted a beautiful white with blue accents, replacing Luci restaurant that closed in 2020. It already has a great vibe, can't wait to visit. Rosie :)