Grasshopper (310 College St., 647-340-3666, www.grasshopperrestaurant.ca) is opening a second location in the Junction! The new location is at 3080 Dundas St. W., (just steps away from Bunner’s!) and will feature the same delicious dishes that the original College St. location is known for, such as bahn mi sandwiches and quinoa mac ‘n cheese, but will have quite a few new features as well. “We will be serving breakfast and brunch in the new location, and we will have a whole lot more green bowls and customizable dishes- salad bowls, grain bowls, wraps, soups- Yes, you’ll be able to customize the soup too- customers can choose vegetables to put in their soup! The drink menu will be bigger with more choices of cocktails and customizable juices and smoothies.” There will also be more options for coffee and espresso drinks. The new space is currently being transformed, and is set to open sometime in mid-April. Stay tuned to the Grasshopper Facebook and Twitter pages for updates and more details on the opening day. Toronto Veg Card holders save 5%* at Grasshopper!
Tori’s Bakeshop (2188 Queen St. E, 647-350-6500, www.torisbakeshop.ca) will be opening a new second location this spring! This is great news for those who live closer to downtown, as the new location will be on Front Street in the new Canary District (https://www.facebook.com/thecanarydistrict/), which is just east of the Distillery District. Anyone who has ever had Tori’s delicious vegan baked goods and savoury fare- from donuts and cupcakes to fresh baked bread and scones- knows what exciting news this is. An exact opening day has not been announced yet, but stay tuned to the Tori’s Bakeshop Facebook and Twitter pages for more updates about the grand opening! Toronto Veg Card holders save 10% at Tori’s Bakeshop!
Boon Burger Café (114 Dunlop St. E, Barrie, 705-503-0111, www.boonburger.ca) has confirmed the location of their new Burlington location! The all vegan burger joint will be opening it’s second Ontario location at 399 Elizabeth Street, Unit 6, just a couple of blocks east of Brant Street. The opening day is set for sometime in May, which will be just in time to enjoy their awesome patio. “Picture a June day with a cold drink, listening to the Sound of Music festival eating some Chili Cheeze Fries.” Until then, head up to the original Ontario location in Barrie for a huge variety of amazing vegan burgers, poutine, pizza, soft serve and milkshakes. Stay up to date on the new Boon Burger Burlington Facebook and Twitter pages for upcoming details on the grand opening.
Rancho Relaxo To Go (1635 Dupont St., 416-920-0366, www.ranchorelaxotogo.com) Rancho Relaxo, the Toronto Mexican food staple with a great vegan menu, and which closed it’s College St. doors as of August last year, has reopened on Dupont in the Junction Triangle as Rancho Relaxo To Go. The menu is similar to their food truck menu, with the vegan option of a fried cauliflower taco with avocado crema and pico de gallo, a Portobello or veggie quesadilla, and a build your own burrito with tons of delicious filling options. Vegan options are available for the quesadilla and burritos. Check out the full menu here, and find them on Facebook and Twitter for more info and updates.
Also find the Rancho Relaxo food truck rolling the streets and at events and festivals. The truck also features vegan and gluten free options (dedicated veggie fryer), and can be booked for private events. Visit them on their website, as well as on Facebook and Twitter to find out where they are, and for booking info.
New Vegan Leather Products
Cool East Market (1390 Danforth Ave., 416-462-3509, www.cooleastmarket.com) now carries EcoWings, a new line of vegan leather products made from recycled tire tubes. “Sturdy and easy to care for, EcoWings features Unisex Shoulder Bags, Ladies’ Purses and Wallets, iPad Cases, Laptop Cases, Belts and more, and are all beautifully designed and well-crafted.” Learn more about EcoWings on their Facebook page, and drop by Cool East Market on their online shop, or in person on the Danforth at Greenwood Station for these and many other vegan products.
Doug McNish’s Public Kitchen (561 Marlee Ave, 647-341-1736, www.dougmcnish.com) has both new brunch and lunch menus! Visit Doug at his uptown location for new dishes like the Chickpea Melt with creamy chickpea salad piled high on fresh baked bread (gluten-free option available) with lettuce tomato, green onion and melted cashew mozzarella. Yum! Lunch is Monday – Friday, 11am-3pm, and brunch is served every Saturday and Sunday from 10am-4pm with the last seating at 3pm. Visit the website to view the complete menus, as well as other upcoming special events and dinner menus. Also find more information and updates on Facebook and Twitter.
New Vegan Cakes
Sweet Olenka’s (4 Toronto locations, www.sweetolenkas.ca) now offers vegan cakes and other sweets! Their website has a brand new “vegan shop” featuring beautifully made cakes, brownies, and “cakesters”. Cakes come in various sizes (anywhere from 6” to 13” x 18”), in a huge variety of flavours, and with the option of specialty decorations for any occasion. Check out the complete selection on their website, and visit one of the four locations for other vegan treats, including ice cream!
Just Falafel (831 Bay St., www.justfalafel.com) has closed the doors of its Toronto (and only Canadian) location as of this past February. Although the location has not made any official statements about its closure, the shop is closed, and the Facebook page appears inactive. Stay tuned for further updates.
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