25 notable businesses we lost in Toronto in 2021

Toronto has lost far too many large companies in 2021, but they haven’t closed unnoticed. We can always remember what these companies brought to the city and the memories they left us.

Here are some of the most notable restaurants, stores, and other businesses that we lost in Toronto in 2021.


Residents of Leslieville gathered on the patio of this low-key hangout for more than 30 years before it was forced to close.

Mars food

The owner has unfortunately locked the doors of this Little Italy institution that has been serving dinner classics in the city since the 1950s.

Gayley Cafe

This Dundas West hangout for casual, comfort food served its last brunch this year, ending with a sweet little round of applause from customers and staff.

Sound landscapes

Music lovers lost a haven in the city this year when this Little Italy store for CDs and concert tickets that also hosted small shows closed its doors for good.

Pho King Fabulous

This place for a bowl of Vietnamese noodle soup bit the dust this year, announcing around the onset of winter that they would be closing their doors for good.

Billy’s Burgers was a reliable place to grab a bite to eat the old fashioned way. Photo by Jesse Milns.

The Green Wood

This burgeoning healthy food business has grown from two places to none alarmingly quickly.

Billy’s burgers

You can’t taste a classic, old-fashioned burger anymore at this Leslieville restaurant run by a lovely couple.

Where is

The breathtaking King West restaurant, known for its fine Italian cuisine, has rented its location this year after a six-year period.

Dante’s Hell

People living in the St. Clair West area will need to purchase pizza and sandwiches elsewhere as this restaurant has posted a notice in their window regarding their closure.

Subs and burritos in New York

This former Queen West take-out restaurant that served an unusual menu of sub sandwiches and burritos will be missed for a quick bite now that it’s closed.

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Japanese souffle pancakes could be enjoyed in a lovely environment in Hanabusa. Photo by Jesse Milns.

Wong’s ice cream

Closing its doors at the end of 2021, this ice cream parlor has always had the most inventive flavors that were inspired by ingredients like Ovaltine and White Rabbit candies.

Hanabusa Coffee

Maybe the fluffy Japanese puff pancake trend is on the way out? This restaurant for puffy treats in Kensington closed its doors this year.

Dona Julia’s kitchen

This Ecuadorian restaurant has long reigned in the Junction Triangle district, but has now been replaced by a Greek restaurant.

King’s Palace

Close to Yonge and Bloor, this restaurant served a casual menu until late at night, but now it’s over for good.


Parkdale said goodbye to this upscale dining restaurant this year, which had prepared some of the fanciest take-out meals available during closings.

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Wong’s sold some of the best ice cream in town. Photo of Hector Vasquez.

Is thirty-six

Buck-a-shuck oysters are no longer at this King East restaurant that announced over the summer that it would not be renewing its lease.

Yoga Sanctuary

This beautiful studio which has taken up residence on the Danforth for more than 20 years has had to close its doors in 2021.

Barsa Taberna

Spanish tapas and brick walls distinguished this restaurant near the Saint-Laurent market, displaying in summer that they had closed.

Bloor Jane Restaurant

This old school restaurant named after the intersection it stood at always felt like a piece of the past, but this year it’s definitely turned into a story.

Spoke club

This members-only King West club, founded in 2004, has closed its doors, but has been transformed into a new kind of space, albeit equally exclusive.

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Batch was a busy beer bar. Photo of Hector Vasquez.

aunts and uncles

Breakfast in Little Italy will not be the same now that this renowned laid-back hangout that had been open for over 20 years is gone.

Queen steak

Made famous by Rob Ford, this Etobicoke restaurant suffered a fire five years ago but just closed last year.

Alex Rei doe Leitoes

40 years of history were at the origin of this Portuguese family chicken restaurant which closed its doors.


Beer drinkers will be disappointed to learn that this frozen pint destination in the Financial District has closed for good.


Local was the name of the game at this West Queen West restaurant that closed for good after five years in business.

Main photo by

Fareen Karim at Bois Vert


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