Beloved Toronto restaurant closes after 18 years

Toronto’s Bloor-West Village mourns the loss of a beloved restaurant: Bloom, a Nuevo Latin America spot, is hosting its final dinner service this Saturday

After 18 years around Bloor and Runnymede, Bloom will close its doors forever, marking a huge loss to the Latin American food scene in west Toronto.

Bloom co-owner Franca sent an email this week announcing the closure. Her email outlines the restaurant’s heartbreaking journey over the past two years.

“Amid the COVID pandemic, our family was devastated by the sudden loss of my brother Bill, who founded Bloom in 2004. His passing has had a huge emotional impact on us. It’s time for our family to move on,” she says. said.

Franca shouts out to her regulars and residents of Bloor West, as well as the chefs who made Bloom the great restaurant it was.

Their menu was actually a taste of what the Latin world has to offer, including Spanish paella, Peruvian ceviche, and Argentine asado, as well as some dishes with a North American twist like cornish chicken and lamb shank.

Driving past Bloor, it would be hard not to see Bloom’s bright orange sign shining with all the other muted colors.

A new wine bar and smokehouse will occupy Bloom’s old location at 2314 Bloor St. W. from September 1, and Franca wishes the new owners the best of luck.

“We would like to take this opportunity to thank all of you, our wonderful customers, for supporting Bloom over the years,” her email read.

Anyone who has a Bloom gift card that has not yet been used can drop by the resto this weekend for a refund.

July 30 marks the very last service in Bloom, with Franca inviting customers over for one last drink and a hug.

“It was an incredible pleasure to be a part of the Bloor West Village community,” she said. “We have so many great memories, we met so many great people who became our friends and then became part of the Bloom family.”

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