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Looking Back, Moving Forward

As June draws to a close and the city enters into Phase 2 of the COVID-19 recovery plan, it’s a perfect moment to look back at last month’s market performance and look forward to the reopening of local restaurants and bar patios. While we’re still in the early stages of recovery, there’s optimism and growing confidence – all great signs as we head into the summer months.

Patio Time!

As a part of Phase 2, Toronto restaurants and bars with patios were given the green light to reopen in compliance with city rules this week. Measures to keep customers and staff safe include tables 2 metres apart, barriers between booths, seating plans that ensure the required distance between groups and reservation systems.

Despite ongoing concerns about health and safety, enjoying food and drink on a patio is synonymous with summertime and the opportunity to support a local business that’s reopened after months of being closed is tempting.

Neighbourhood restaurants, bars and shops are the heart to our communities and if you choose to dine and drink on a patio, please do so safely! Here’s a list of a few of my patio picks across the city.


Bar Neon • Bloordale’s casual and local favourite spot is reopen! You’ll want to snag a seat on their backyard patio for their incredible Mediterranean inspired menu (you’ll be dreaming of their tzatziki), selection of Greek wines and some of the West end’s best cocktails. Bar Neon’s long-standing daily Happy Hour remains 5pm to 7pm for buck a shuck oysters! Reserve your table online or email. 1226 Bloor St West


Pai Toronto • If you’ve been missing Chef’s Pad Thai or Pad Gra Prow (my personal fave), run don’t walk to Pai Toronto’s patio! Chef Nuit and husband Jeff Regular’s popular Northern Thai restaurant in the Entertainment District has opened their sidewalk patio for full service lunch or dinner. They’re only accepting reservations. Book your table online. 18 Duncan Street


Cibo Wine Bar (King West)  Popular King West wine bar has opened its large patio for their easy Italian food and extensive wine list. Though you won’t be able to check out their floor-to-ceiling glass wine cellar, their in-house Sommelier will offer you wine selections that pair with your food, mood and vibe. Plus, you’ll be able to watch all the King West action. Reservations through Opentable are encouraged or walk-in. 522 King St West

Foxley • Ossington mainstay, Foxley, has opened Patio Pods for groups up to four people to indulge in their incredible and inventive pan-Asian plates. What makes Foxley so unique is their unpretentiousness, yet consistently stellar food. They are offering three seatings for dinner and everyone must provide contact tracing information. They are accepting reservations only via email. 207 Ossington Ave

Allen’s • Burgers, capon wings and serious whiskey selection are just a few of things that have made Allen’s a Danforth institution. Their menu features locally sourced produce and organic meats and their gorgeous treed back patio make it one of the East end’s nicest! Serving all day. reservations can be made over the phone at 416-463-3086. 143 Danforth Ave

Feature image of Bar Neon by Jesse Milns | BlogTO