5 Restaurants That Closed Their Doors in 2017

While Oakville and Burlington have a fantastic—and growing restaurant scene—it occasionally loses beloved gems that we never expected to close.

While 2017 was a great year for Halton n terms of some big-name openings, it was also a year with a few losses.

This year, some of the places we said goodbye to include a popular sushi restaurant, a beloved neighbourhood pub, and a favourite a cafe-meets-bistro-slash-market-slash-deli-with-a-patio.

Here are five restaurants who shocked us when they shuttered their doors for good in 2017.

5. Taste Marketeria

One of Oakville’s beloved and most unique dining options closed so that another restaurant - prompted by development at a nearby mall - can move into its spot in Bronte Village. Taste Marketeria, a cafe-meets-bistro-slash-market-slash-deli-with-a-patio, closed on Oct. 13. Located at the southeast corner of Lakeshore Rd. W. and Jones St., Taste has been shut down to allow renovations for the impending Firehall Cool Bar Hot Grill move. Taste “has a very loyal following,” said Catch Hospitality Group president Doug Greco. People really loved it, he said, adding “it took on a life of its own. “The property was acquired by Catch Hospitality several years ago since they knew the Firehall would eventually get the boot from Bronte Village Mall due to a demolition clause. But here’s something you’ll be happy to hear if you loooove their veggie burgers and/or belong to the Taste faithful. “We’re going to open up the Firehall with a coffee shop,” said Greco. The Daily Grind is what it’ll be called. Much like Taste, it’ll serve fresh coffee and pastries — and you’ll see a familiar face.

4. Fuego

This popular downtown Oakville restaurant closed its doors for good in late August/early September. Fuego Tapas Bar opened at 151 Lakeshore Rd. E., near Thomas St. in Dec. 2016. A media event was held on Feb. 28, serving up bites including crispy duck breast, cauliflower puree, and figs with Manchego cheese and bacon. The Spanish resto was created by chef and owner Stephanie Brewster, the first Chopped Canada champion. (She's also known for schooling young chefs at Fanshawe College in London). But here's some good news: Fans of Brewster's deliciously creative concoctions can find her across the street at Julia's.

Photo courtesy of Fuego

3. Celli’s

A popular Burlington restaurant - which has been around for more than 10 years - officially shuttered its doors for good on June 20. "The ownership group has decided to explore another opportunity in downtown Burlington," reads the notice posted at Celli's Osteria. Normal business operations at 421 Brant St. have ceased. Their menu offered classics such as pizza, scallops. risotto, shrimp, and arancini. Plans for the 27-storey Brant Street Condos development - a mixed-use building with 183 residential units, plus commercial/retail and office space listed at 421 to 431 Brant - have been submitted by Carriage Gate Homes and are under review by city staff.

Photo courtesy of Celli's Osteria

2. Sachi Sushi
One of the most beloved sushi restaurants in Oakville closed its doors on Nov. 30. Lunch was the last meal being served at Sachi. The well-loved restaurant in the Dorval Crossing area was shuttered — at this time, it's unclear if they're planning to re-open either the current Sachi location or another restaurant. Located in a tiny plaza in the corner of North Service Rd. and Dorval Dr. was a hidden gem when it came to Japanese food. The dining room boasted a dark wooden design scheme and sophisticated feel throughout, plus a full sushi bar located at the back of the restaurant. Their sushi and sashimi were very fresh and flavourful.

1. Coach and Four
One of Oakville's most well-known watering holes has shut down -- doors were shuttered in Bronte in October, where news of the Coach & Four closing caught many residents and long-time patrons off guard. The English pub has been a staple in the southwest end of town for more than 30 years. Serving up plenty of beer and pub grub, this place has created fond memories for everyone from footie fans to couples, young and old. The property has since been taken over by Catch Hospitality Group - which owns many of Oakville's top restos, including Cucci, Plank, Tavolo, and the Firehall - for a new resto called West End Social, slated to open any day now.

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