Toronto restaurant owners and industry groups have said that the coronavirus will mean the end of countless restaurants, and that pandemic closures remain in place for Ontario restaurants, this forecast already appears to be coming true.
Despite interim measures such as government relief and new takeout and delivery offerings, many restaurants and bars in Toronto closed for good during the pandemic.
The trend is pan-Canadian: according to a recent Restaurants Canada survey, one restaurant in 10 in Canada has closed permanently, the group added that this number should double. And as restaurants are considering new health and distancing measures that will further reduce revenues, it is unclear how many restaurants will close by the end of the pandemic.
Below are the Toronto restaurants that we have lost so far during COVID-19.
After 30 years of debauchery, the downtown bar closed in early May.
The Annex Café, which also served as a fundraising arm for a group that denies the existence of climate change, closed its doors in mid-March after 10 years. Their online store is still active.
Il Gatto Nero
The College Street fixture for 61 years, valued for its corner patio, closed after more than six decades in mid-May.
The five-year-old Roncesvalles pizzeria, which was in the middle of a long battle with its owner, closed in early May after being denied rental assistance, the owners said.
The Danforth site of the Portuguese chicken chain was closed due to non-payment of rent; Shortly thereafter, the company announced that it would close 21 locations in Canada.
After three years, the native coffee and market closed their Christie Pits storefront, although the business continues in a different form.
The Queen East bar and restaurant, which closed its branches in Yonge and Eglinton before the pandemic, closed permanently in April.
After 11 years at Dundas West, the whiskey bar and the popular party place closed in early May. The space has already been purchased and will soon be converted to a new bar concept.
The popular tiki bar Danforth was seized by its owner in April.
After nearly four decades in Toronto, including a distance from the original Mirvish Village location, the restaurant that brought Cajun food to Toronto threw in the towel in early May.
After 13 years, the music venue announced that it would quit smoking due to the financial effects of the pandemic.
The Roncevaux brunch restaurant closed its doors in March after eight years.
One of Toronto’s oldest pizzerias, this beloved family spot Junction closed in late March.
This list will be updated.