6 Well-Loved Restaurants In Toronto That Had To Close Their Doors This Year Because Of The Pandemic That We’ll Never Forget

Since the start of the pandemic, many restaurants have come and gone in the 6ix, some which had been around for years — decades even.

Here are six memorable restaurants that unfortunately had to shut their doors permanently, but indeed left their mark on the city.

1. Frankie Tomatto’s

This Italian restaurant operated for over 25 years in Toronto and served 11 million meals during that time.

They became known for their famous all-you-can-eat buffet and amazing dishes like their tasty Mac N’ Cheese with a twist.

Frankie Tomatto’s also became an important part of the community, not just because of their great food but also because of their warm hospitality and endless charity support.

2. Bloor Jane Restaurant

This iconic family owned diner frequently gave away food to homeless people needing a meal, and served authentic home-style dishes including a number of different deli sandwiches and burgers.

They also served breakfast and dinner specials, as well as satisfying side dishes like fried onion rings and dill pickle that are well-missed.

Customers loved that each dish was cooked with passion.

3. Ziba Berlin Döner

This döner spot served delicious dishes inspired by street food from Berlin, Germany.

Their menu included items like grilled kebabs and Turkish poutine and they operated two locations for two years before closing their doors.

They were well known for their fusion döner which locals couldn’t get enough of.

4. Barsa Taberna

This Spanish tapas and sangria bar served up fresh and tasty dishes like their Patatas Bravas and Pulled Pork Tacos that transported your tastebuds back to Spain.

They closed their doors permanently in July after announcing a temporary shut-down at the end of April.

Barsa Taberna was a great spot for dessert as well, with their Citrus Churros with Dulce De Leche dip taking the cake!

5. Prairie Girl Bakery

This bakery served an impressive assortment of decadent cupcakes and cakes during the 10 years that they were in business.

Flavours like Salted Caramel Mocha and Cherry Cheesecake helped them to quickly find their way into the heart of many Torontonians.

With fall in full swing, one of their Pumpkin Maple cupcakes would have been great right about now.

6. Daddyo’s Pasta & Salads

Daddyo’s was a family run Italian eatery that operated in the city for 15 years. During that time, they created a community who connected over their love for both good food and their neighbourhood.

One of their customer favorite dishes was their savory Cajun Chicken Pasta.

“I couldn’t have done it without each and every one of you choosing a small, family run pasta place. I will miss you all and hope our paths cross again some day. Lots of love, Daddyo,” said Daddyo in a heartwarming Instagram post.

Although these restaurants may not be operating and their chapters have now closed, new beginnings are always on the horizon.

Here is to six incredible restaurants that proudly served their communities for so many years!

Manisha Singh

Manisha is a freelance writer and journalist who is passionate about connecting audiences through reporting diverse stories.
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