North 44 closing after 28 years
Celebrity chef Mark McEwan is closing North 44 at 2537 Yonge St. after 28 years.
The fine-dining restaurant will serve its last understatedly elegant dinner at the end of July, when the lease expires.
McEwan opened North 44 in 1990, helping set the bar for upscale dining in Toronto and becoming a haunt for the well-off and well-connected.
“We don’t have any plans to slow down” said the Top Chef Canada judge in a press release.
“We’re opening three new properties and that’s just the plan for 2018.”
The McEwan Group has opened Fabbrica Restaurant in the TD Centre and will open Fabbrica Restaurant in Thornbury, Ont. next month and a McEwan Gourmet Grocery at the intersection of Yonge & Bloor streets later this year.
McEwan recently launched the Amazon Prime series Chef to Chef, in which he talks to high-profile chefs such as Canada’s Grant van Gameren and Antonio Park.
The McEwan Group also includes Bymark Restaurant, ONE Restaurant, Diwan Restaurant, McEwan at the Shops at Don Mills and McEwan at TD Centre.
- Sujoy Saha, formerly a chef at modern Indian restaurant Tich, has opened Indilicious Fine Indian Cuisine at 3358 Dundas St. W.
The “dream come true,” Saha says, serves dishes like Hyderbadi chicken fritters ($11.95), Goan shrimp curry ($25.95) and paneer lababdar ($13.95).
- Vegan restaurant company 5700 Inc. is opening two properties in Parkdale. Copenhagen at 1312 Queen St. W. is a partnership with Thornhill’s Vegan Danish Bakery, set to open the end of this month, while Vegandale Brewery and restaurant replaces Duggan’s at 1346 Queen St. W. Duggan’s founder Michael Duggan will brew on-site and produce the Principled Pilsner, See the Light Lager, The Sour Truth and Morally Superior IPA beers.
Amy Pataki is a Toronto-based restaurant critic and reporter covering all things hospitality. Follow her on Twitter: @amypataki