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Donlands Diner grand opening serves up East York identity boost

Posted by on May 30, 2017

The Grand Re-opening of new-look Donlands Diner May 29 also featured a lot of boosterism for the former Borough of East York.

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YUM! 029: All-day brekkie better than ever at renovated retro Donlands Diner

Posted by on May 2, 2017

Yum! Restaurant profile by George Spelvin \ I love it when a Yum! food review actually lives up to its name!

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CRAFTY TIPPLER #028: Connecting the dots —where to find craft beers

Posted by on Apr 6, 2017

Over the last few issues, we have introduced readers to some world class microbreweries here in East York. Now it’s time to connect the dots —a beer by itself lacks an ingredient: ambiance. Fortunately East York has an incredible range of locations to experience these beers. For the sake of brevity, we are concentrating this solely on the Danforth to suggest an assortment of bars and eateries. Relish: Located one block east of Woodbine, they have music starting early evening every night with as many flavors as their beers. They have over 20 taps and according to owner Joanne Clayton they switch products every three or four kegs. I find the bartenders knowledgeable about each beer, and have never been led wrong. The new patio should be a pleasant place to quaff when the nice weather arrives. Sarah’s: At...

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CRAFTY TIPPLER 026: Radical Road is a true brew pub on Queen St.

Posted by on Jan 14, 2017

Radical Road Brewing is right at the intersection of Jones and Queen at 1177 Queen Street East. It is still very much a work in progress, and a delightful one. It is small but, rather than cramped, it feels cozy and inviting. They are a real brew pub in the sense that they have a spacious seating area at the front and a well-rounded menu. I had a Jamaican pork dish with their top I.P.A. and it was outstanding. They have a fridge at the front for sales of their products to go. As yet they are not placing their products in other bars, but that is in the works. You can see the kettles through a window at the back and it definitely adds to the ambiance. I told my server I would do a centerfold of her...

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Iconic EY eatery reopens as Donlands Diner with nostalgic theme

Posted by on Dec 6, 2016

Retro decor is all the rage these days. But in the case of the “new” Donlands Diner, the nostalgia theme that informs its newly renovated interior and exterior just happens to be authentic.

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Charlie Brown Christmas Dec. 18

Posted by on Dec 4, 2016

East York tapas eatery and live music emporium Relish at 2052 Danforth (at Cedarvale Avenue) is once again staging its popular “Charlie Brown Christmas” show on Sunday December 18. Featuring all-star performers doing the Vince Guaraldi album note-for-note, in its previous two annual editions the event has been so popular it sold out, so this year the bar is staging two performances, at 5 and 7 p.m. Call 416-425-4664 for...

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