While Oakville and Burlington have a fantastic–and growing restaurant scene–it occasionally loses beloved gems that we never expected to close.
While 2017 was a great year for Halton n terms of some big-name openings, it was also a year with a few losses.
This year, some of the places we said goodbye to include a popular sushi restaurant, a beloved neighbourhood pub, and a favourite a cafe-meets-bistro-slash-market-slash-deli-with-a-patio.
Here are five restaurants who shocked us when they shuttered their doors for good in 2017.
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5. Taste Marketeria
One of Oakville’s beloved and most unique dining options closed so that another restaurant – prompted by development at a nearby mall – can move into its spot in Bronte Village. Taste Marketeria, a cafe-meets-bistro-slash-market-slash-deli-with-a-patio, closed on Oct. 13. Located at the southeast corner of Lakeshore Rd. W. and Jones St., Taste has been shut down to allow renovations for the impending Firehall Cool Bar Hot Grill move. Taste “has a very loyal following,” said Catch Hospitality Group president Doug Greco. People really loved it, he said, adding “it took on a life of its own. “The property was acquired by Catch Hospitality several years ago since they knew the Firehall would eventually get the boot from Bronte Village Mall due to a demolition clause. But here’s something you’ll be happy to hear if you loooove their veggie burgers and/or belong to the Taste faithful. “We’re going to open up the Firehall with a coffee shop,” said Greco. The Daily Grind is what it’ll be called. Much like Taste, it’ll serve fresh coffee and pastries — and you’ll see a familiar face.
This popular downtown Oakville restaurant closed its doors for good in late August/early September. Fuego Tapas Bar opened at 151 Lakeshore Rd. E., near Thomas St. in Dec. 2016. A media event was held on Feb. 28, serving up bites including crispy duck breast, cauliflower puree, and figs with Manchego cheese and bacon. The Spanish resto was created by chef and owner Stephanie Brewster, the first Chopped Canada champion. (She’s also known for schooling young chefs at Fanshawe College in London). But here’s some good news: Fans of Brewster’s deliciously creative concoctions can find her across the street at Julia’s.
Photo courtesy of Fuego
A popular Burlington restaurant – which has been around for more than 10 years – officially shuttered its doors for good on June 20. “The ownership group has decided to explore another opportunity in downtown Burlington,” reads the notice posted at Celli’s Osteria. Normal business operations at 421 Brant St. have ceased. Their menu offered classics such as pizza, scallops. risotto, shrimp, and arancini. Plans for the 27-storey Brant Street Condos development – a mixed-use building with 183 residential units, plus commercial/retail and office space listed at 421 to 431 Brant – have been submitted by Carriage Gate Homes and are under review by city staff.