Ossington has a new restaurant to ring in the new year. La Banane is now open at 227 Ossington in the large space previously occupied by The Saint, also owned and managed by the King Street Food Group. The French restaurant serves dinner daily from 6PM.
Chef Brandon Olsen
Chef Brandon Olsen, an up and coming culinary star in Toronto, runs the kitchen for Ossington’s new French restaurant. Chef Olsen has a good resume: he ran the cuisine at The Black Hoof and Bar Isabel, plus he’s a chocolatier with his own shop on College Street.
This restaurant was one of the most anticipated openings of 2016/17 and we had dinner there last night.
The Food at La Banane
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The latest Ossington news ranges from new business coverage, local restaurants making some top rankings, and a local robbery.
Recent Toronto Best Of Rankings Include Local Restaurants
This time of year features some restaurant rankings, including local restaurants receiving praise from the press.
Toronto Life just released a list of the 12 best spots in Toronto to get American food like burger, fried chicken and bbq, and Omaw and Smoke Signals both made the list.
Joanne Kates ranked the top 10 new restaurants of last year, and Dundas West’s Ufficio made her list for their seafood focused Italian menu.
Last Ossington Marijuana Dispensary May Have Been Robbed
A customer of Canna Clinic on Ossington claims he was there when the shop was robbed by masked gunman before Christmas. While the owners and employees of the clinic have not spoken at all, this customer has spoken to press and called the police. The dispensary likely does not feel safe contacting police since the police are constantly raiding and causing problems for these businesses in Toronto. The customer does not feel the dispensary is safe to have in the neighborhood.
Ossington News on New Businesses
We noted the openings of both Barber & Co and The Local from Lululemon before year end. Others have noticed and are giving both new businesses some good press.
2016 is almost over, and we look back at all the new businesses we welcomed to the neighbourhood this year, and the ones that closed. Here is our 2016 in Review of the changes in Ossington Village this past year.
Ufficio Restaurant opened January 2016
At the very start of the new year, we welcomed new Italian fish focused restaurant Ufficio. Still serving dinner most nights, Ufficio is located at 1234 Dundas West.
Bridge + Bardot closed January 2016
Women’s fashion boutique Bridge + Bardot was open on Dundas West for 3 1/2 years. The shop closed in January to focus on their online store, which is still operating.
Rock Lobster Closed, Baby Huey Moved Into the Space, March 2016
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A liquor license application was just posted at 1161 Dundas Street West for The Argyle Street Grill. This address just west of Ossington was formerly home to the Cooper Cole art gallery followed by a series of pop-ups after the gallery moved to Dupont.
Online research finds an Argyle Street Grill in Caledonia which has been popularized on Food Network TV show You Gotta Eat Here! No word on if they’re opening a Toronto location, but that’s probably not the case. More likely is it is being named after nearby Argyle Street.
The front windows are covered by drapes, so we can’t see inside. Serious renovations will need to be done before opening, however. The art gallery did not have a kitchen, for one thing. We’ll keep you posted as we learn more about this upcoming new Dundas West business.
New Year’s Eve is the biggest party night of the year, and Ossington Village is a great place to celebrate it! It’s a few weeks away: we have a rundown of the events that are already planned. A lot of venues haven’t released their schedules yet, so we’ll update here, and in our calendar.
The Dakota Tavern, catl New Year’s Eve, 10PM
Toronto blues-rock band catl is back for another rocking New Year’s show at The Dakota Tavern. Two sets by catl, plus Eamon McGrath and DJs will have you dancing through the countdown. Buy your tickets now for $20 and you’ll be assured a good night of music and fun at one of Toronto’s best music venues.
The Garrison, Chronologic New Year’s Eve, 9:30PM
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Finally, a Toronto team makes the championships of something! And where are you going to watch the MLS cup, featuring our very own Toronto FC, this Saturday? Well, if you’re not going to the game at BMO Field (tickets sold out super fast), there are quite a few Ossington Village bars who would love to have your company.
MLS Cup Game Details
Toronto FC plays their first ever championship game against the Seattle Sounders this Saturday at 8PM in Toronto.
Where to Watch
Wherever you do go to watch the game, make sure you arrive early for a seat. This is the first time Toronto – any Canadian team – has made it to the MLS Finals, so the whole city should want to watch this game.
As the biggest sports bar in the neighborhood, The Contender, located at 1166 Dundas West, will have a lot of room for the game. That doesn’t mean it won’t fill up, however. We’ve been there for some pretty crowded Raptors games! Go there for a big space, draft beer, games and competitions and a sports bar menu.
Located at 229 Ossington, LAS serves a variety of sausages and craft beers with their sports.
The Dock Ellis
The Dundas West sports bar isn’t just for baseball or basketball or football – The Dock Ellis also follows soccer. Enjoy some Ontario craft beer, a burger or even a salad with your soccer cheering.
A great place to watch English soccer, Opera Bob’s will likely have a big screen on and a lot of footie experts out for Toronto’s first chance at winning a championship in ages.