A Toronto Restaurant With A Hidden Back Patio Is Closing And Transforming Into Something New

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A Toronto restaurant known for its hidden back patio and great snack plates has suddenly announced it’s closing as is, but is transforming into something new.

Nuit Social has always been on the great deli radar, but now the space is taken in a new direction.

“After 8 incredible years on Queen West, we are transforming our space into Florette,” read one social media post.


“At Florette, we’ll be serving funky food and cocktails, in our cozy, redesigned space, as well as our front and back CafeTO patios,” Florette owner Jerry Zhang told blogTO.

“We will focus on local, seasonal ingredients and sneaky good flavors that feel familiar, but unfamiliar to us.”

A test menu at a recent Florette pop-up for friends, family and regulars consisted of asparagus with a green goddess dressing, salmon crudo, cod with a white butter sauce, cutlet pork with apples and cabbage and vanilla ice cream with strawberries.

The menu was also complemented by a selection of four cocktails: a Tepache Colada with rum washed down with coconut oil; Watashiato with gin, sparkling wine and pickled orange juice; Pas de la Mer with mezcal, tequila and coriander syrup; and the Vitis Vinifera with pisco and orange wine cordial.

It looks like a little taste of summer.

And that’s perfect, because the space at 1168 Queen St. W. will officially reopen as Florette in July with a new team and new owners.

“The response was overwhelming and lovely, with so many industry friends and Night Social regulars coming to try out some of our projects,” Zhang said.

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