It’s tricky to see right now, but behind the dirty glass and paper boarded windows of the formally empty retail space on Grenville Street, there is a new restaurant coming to Karma Condos. And in my mind, what a relief! I’m glad to see something other than a bank, or a dry cleaner’s or a coffee shop! (Not that I have anything against independent coffee shops – in fact I love them, but I love diversity just as much, or sometimes even more, as in this case.)
From the looks of it, the place will be called “Hana Sushi”, which I can’t find anything about on the internet as of yet, other than a rather empty Google Profile on Google Maps. It’ll basically be a bit of a mystery in terms of price point, offerings and quality until it opens.
The burst of new restaurants that have opened in the Yonge/Bay condo corridor in the past number of years has been inspiring. Topping my list on the notable front are those at the base of Burano Condos: Bombay Street Food, Nando’s, Green Grotto; and at Aura Condos: Red’s Midtown Tavern, Scaddabush and Duke’s Refresher + Bar.
A dynamic neighbourhood needs all sorts of components to keep it thriving: easily accessible transit and biking options, mixed housing and office/work spaces, convenient groceries and daily food needs, lots of services to choose from (banks, dental and medical offices, printing shops etc.), clothing and other apparel, and yes, places to eat too! That’s why I’m so pleased to see new restaurants opening in the neighbourhood that bring choice to everyone living here, and all within walking distance of home. This is the very definition of beautiful urban life – dense & dynamic – and I’m so glad we continue to move in this direction in downtown Toronto.