There’s so much that happens in the heart of the city that it almost becomes hard to keep up with the news. It feels like new restaurants are opening up every other day while others close their doors, and even new means of transportation are being introduced too. To help you stay current with all of the new changes, we’re rounding up some of the most important updates on Toronto’s King Street West.
1. Miss Likklemore’s
What started as a Parkdale pop-up has now transformed into it’s own restaurant on King Street W. Offering traditional Caribbean fare in an upscale fashion, Miss Likklemore’s is known for its house-made patties, Nuff Nuff slaw, Jamaican red snapper and jerk chicken. As soon as you walk through the restaurant’s doors, you’ll be transported to a tropical island filled with textured finishes, wood accents, pops of colour, and subtle greenery.
2. Casa Madera
Located on the main floor of Toronto’s breathtaking 1 Hotel, Casa Madera is a newer restaurant inspired by Mexican coastal cuisine. Here you’ll find mouth-watering dishes like grilled octopus, ceviche and wagyu steak that melts in your mouth. Come to dine and be transported to a lush oasis with a dedicated outdoor space.
3. Black + Blue
Seafood towers, pasta dishes, steak and sushi — could you ask for anything more? This new restaurant is 3 storeys, featuring a stunning dining space and rooftop terrace. The cherry on top of the ice cream is that it has a heated patio on the first floor, where Torontonians will be spending time sipping on their favourite beverages all year long.
4. Pink Sky
Pink Sky has arrived at Weslodge Saloon’s former location. Focusing on a sea-to-fork experience, the restaurant offers a fresh assortment of oysters, ceviche, crudo and tartare. Inside, their design reflects the vibes of the Eastern Seaboard, complementing their menu offerings perfectly. They offer a Daily Catch Menu to their customers, as well as an assortment of craft cocktails and chilled pints.
King West residents will be happy to hear that Toronto will be getting two new subway portals at one of the city’s most frequented intersections at Bathurst and King. A couple months ago, Metrolink released that they plan to place the portals on the northeast and southeast corners of the intersection so that commuters can easily transfer to the 504 King and 511 Bathurst streetcar lines. Based on initial renderings, the new entrances will be in the vicinity of where two Toronto bars are now — Regulars and The Banknote.
The new King and Bathurst subway stops will help Torontonians move around the city more easily, and will especially help those who live in the area commute to and from work or to the city’s social spaces. There’s no date as to when these new stops will be built and ready for use, but they are part of the Ontario Line that is projected to be completed by 2027.
Photos courtesy of: Blog T.O. (Miss Likklemore’s, Bathurst and King Street West); Toronto Life (Black + Blue); NUVO Magazine (Casa Madera, Vela); TRNTO (Pink Sky).