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5 Most Shocking Restaurant Closings of 2018



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5 Most Shocking Restaurant Closings of 2018

The Halton Region is blessed with some incredible restaurants but every once and awhile one of these astonishing establishments will close its doors.

It’s always sad to learn about restaurant closings in the region. 

And 2018, in particular, seemed to be an especially shocking year for closings. We said farewell to some amazing restaurants in Halton this year. 

Here are the top five most shocking restaurant closings of 2018 in Halton. 

5. Fraticelli’s Italian Bar & Grill

This Italian hotspot closed its doors at the beginning of the year. Fraticelli’s was owned by the Tortoise Restaurant Group, a group that also oversees The Coop Wicked Chicken and Turtle Jack’s.

A few popular dishes at this restaurant included the Gnocchi Quattro Cheese, pan-seared and tossed in a creamy sauce with roasted cherry tomatoes, the Flourless Chocolate Hazelnut Cake, and the Homemade Meatball in Pomodoro Sauce just to name a few. 

This Burlington restaurant was located at Appleby Line, near Upper Middle Rd. in a busy plaza with a Turtle Jack’s across the parking lot.

The Richmond Hill location of this restaurant has also since closed.

4. Cafe Havana

Cafe Havana, CafeHavana Bythecubansisters, confirmed in a recent Facebook post that the cafe has closed its doors.

The cafe, according to the Facebook post, had been open for seven years. 

“Our family would love to thank everyone for the love and support we have received,” reads the post.

Cafe Havana was a cozy cafe located at 1395 Abbeywood Dr. in Oakville. The cafe served Cuban-style pizzas, sandwiches, specialty cakes, different meat dishes, and more.

The Facebook post also revealed, however, that the owners are hoping to expand Cafe Havana in the near future.

A new location for Cafe Havana is currently being sought out by the owners.

We will provide more updates as they become available.

3.Nonna’s Cucina Ristorante

Another fairly recent closing.

Again, in a Facebook post, Nonna’s Cucina Ristorante, which opened almost 10 years ago, announced that its doors would be closed as of Dec. 22, 2018. 

“It has been an honour serving you and we hope to see you through the rest of the month of December to say our goodbyes and personally express our gratitude for your loyalty and support,” reads the restaurant’s Facebook post.

The Facebook post continued to explain, “For us, the time has come to walk through that door and enjoy more time as “Nonni” with our wonderful grandchildren and families.”

2. The Niblick Pub

Back in September reported that The Niblick Pub served its last customers on Aug. 31. 

This closing, in particular, shocked many Oakville residents as it was one of the town’s most beloved restaurants. This restaurant had been around for 15 years.

Although, there is a silver lining to this closing. The Niblick was replaced by the Oakville Pump & Patio and officially opened on Dec. 19.

Located at the Upper Oakville Shopping Centre, 1011 Upper Middle Rd. E., the Pump & Patio offers ribs, steaks, salmon, fajitas, beer battered haddock, sandwiches and wraps, burgers, quesadillas, tacos, pasta, wings and more.

1. Chaps

This iconic Burlington restaurant also came as shock to its many fans since the establishment first opened in 1982. 

The closing, however, was a result of the owners, Cathy and Owen retiring. 

Chaps was the king of wings for about 32 years and, located on Fairview, was the only location left (even Oakville had one before it became the Firehall).

What restaurant closure upset you the most?

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