This past year has seen some pretty popular Hamilton eateries make some difficult and heart-rending choices.
We lost several incredibly special places, not just because of the pandemic, but for a variety of reasons.
Any which way you slice it, we’re sorry to see them go.
Here are five restaurant closures in 2020 that have been really tough to accept.
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This East Hamilton restaurant announced in early November that they would be closing their doors for good. It came as a shock to many in the community and many took to social media to lament the loss of this truly authentic Mexican eatery and its incredibly delightful owners.
Another East Hamilton landmark bid adieu earlier this year. Aceti’s most recent owners announced in May that they were closing up shop after 54 years. Thankfully, there is something new coming to take its place (as soon as it’s safe to do so), and pizza will once again find a home at the corner of Main Street and Barons Avenue.
This closure was a really tough one to process. In its short history, Toast had become one of Hamilton’s most exquisite, relaxed and deliciously reliable culinary destinations. When the owners announced the eatery’s impending closure in June, they did so with grace, humour and hope for the future but the loss of Toast is likely to be felt by foodies for years to come.
There was something truly magical about this beautiful ice cream shoppe and tea room located in the heart of Stoney Creek. The whimsical decor, the delectable treats and scrumptious high tea came together to create a genuinely luxurious and charming experience for all ages. Families across Hamilton and beyond lost a real gem when Sprinkles on Top shuttered.
1. Connaught Fish & Chips
After more than eight decades of serving Hamiltonians some of the best comfort food in the city, Connaught announced in March (before the pandemic truly hit home) that they would be closing. The news was met with an outpouring of grief and love of the establishment and its owner who, for generations, had become part of Hamilton families’ traditions — particularly on Good Fridays.