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13 Iconic Toronto Restaurants That Closed Their Doors For Good In 2020

These spots will be greatly missed!
13 Iconic Toronto Restaurants That Closed Their Doors For Good In 2020

This year, the city had to say goodbye to some beloved eateries.

Toronto's 2020 restaurant closures include some iconic spots that will be greatly missed.

These places are local favourites, and the city's food scene won't be the same without them.

Several venues on the list shut down due to pandemic-related issues after struggling with restrictions.

While Toronto has said goodbye to many beloved restaurants this year, it has also welcomed some new spots.

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Cold Tea Kensington Market

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Cuisine: Bar

Address: 60 Kensington Ave., Toronto, ON

About: The beloved speakeasy-style bar closed its doors in November after struggling to secure a new lease.

Victorian Monkey

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Cuisine: Pub Fare

Address: 2386 Kingston Rd., Scarborough, ON

About: The favourite local pub with a unique steampunk theme shut down in October.

Fran's Restaurant

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Cuisine: American

Address: #104-33 Yonge St., Toronto, ON

About: The beloved Fran's On Front location announced in a heartfelt Instagram post that December 31, 2020, would be its last day of operation.

Pete's Corner Grill

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Cuisine: American

Address: 1582 Queen St. W., Toronto, ON

About: This beloved family restaurant closed in October, thanking everyone for their support in an Instagram post.

The Pickle Barrel

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Cuisine: International

Address: 312 Yonge St., Toronto, ON

About: The Pickle Barrel's iconic location in the heart of the city shut down in October.


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Cuisine: Local, Canadian

Address: 995 Bloor St. W., Toronto, ON

About: Known for its Garfield-themed dishes, this iconic venue closed its doors in November, but hinted that it may reopen at another location in the future. For now, you can still purchase select merchandise online.

The Boat

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Cuisine: Bar

Address: 158 Augusta Ave., Toronto, ON

About: A popular spot for dance parties, karaoke parties and live music, this Kensington Market venue first opened in 1976 and said goodbye this November.

Wayne Gretzky's Toronto

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Cuisine: Pub fare

Address: 99 Blue Jays Way, Toronto, ON

About: This Toronto landmark closed in October after 27 years of business.

River Tai

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Cuisine: Chinese

Address: 92 Harbord St., Toronto, ON

About: A favourite local spot for Chinese food, this restaurant has sadly closed permanently.

Vesuvio Pizzeria & Spaghetti House

Price: 💸💸

Cuisine: Italian

Address: 3010 Dundas St. W., Toronto, ON

About: Toronto's first New York-style pizza venue closed in April after 63 years of serving the Junction neighbourhood.


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Cuisine: Farm-to-table, Californian

Address: 299 Adelaide St. W., Toronto, ON

About: The popular TIFF destination closed its restaurant in November after over 6 years of operation, but its bottle shop is still open if you want to order some wine.

Taiyaki NYC

Price: 💸

Cuisine: Ice cream

Address: 128 Dundas St. W., Toronto, ON

About: Known for its fish-shaped ice cream cones, this sweet shop closed at the end of July due to the pandemic. It was the only location in Canada.

Café Crêpe

Price: 💸

Cuisine: Crepes

Address: 246 Queen St. W., Toronto, ON

About: The famous crepe shop closed permanently in July after 18 years of business. In an Instagram post, the venue explained that the closure was due to the pandemic.

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