Toronto Scene Update: Week of January 20, 2012

What’s hip and hopping on the resto scene in Toronto? Surprise, surprise, quite a lot…

Gusto 101 – owned by the same lovely folks behind Yorkville favourite spot Cafe Nervosa – is set to open in the coming weeks at 101 Portland just north of King. The space is a converted body shop, so expect a lot of the rustic industrialness that is part and parcel with such a space to remain. 

Bar Buca was rumoured a couple months ago to be opening sometime in February. An offshoot of praised restaurant Buca, the new spot may open earlier (as in breakfast time earlier), and is said to be opening in the lower level of the residential building at 75 Portland Street.

The facade of new Ossington restaurant The Saint is up and looking sharp. Think white kitchen tiles with contrasting black ones. We can’t wait to find out more about this new spot that was originally slated to open in August of 2009…or so it would seem. Watch out for it at 227 Ossington Avenue.

Church Aperitivo Bar is opening shortly at 1092 Queen Street West. Bringing the aperitif and digestif front and centre, this new joint will also feature homey Italian food classics. (Again with the Italian!)

McGugan’s, a “fine Scottish pub,” is set to open on January 25th at 1058 Gerrard Street East. Seems as though it’s owned by the same folks behind Wine Bar and Hank’s and Great Burger Kitchen. Why the 25th? Robbie Burns Day, of course.

Pop-up restaurant Come and Get It will open next week at 170 Spadina Ave. It’s got a time limit: at least six months, but afterwards the building will be demolished to make way for…that’s right…a new condo building! Gourmet sammies, poutines, and salads will be on the menu.