A beloved Toronto restaurant closes just months after receiving a Michelin recommendation

Babel, a live-fire cooking restaurant that launched in the York Mills neighbourhood in 2019, recently announced they have permanently closed.

Part of the Oliver & Bonacini group of restaurants which also includes famed Toronto eateries Canoe, Auberge du Pommier and Parcheggio, the team from Babel took to social media to share the news.

As with countless restaurants around the world, Babel was hit hard by the pandemic and struggled to stay open even after moving operations to more “COVID-friendly” alternatives.

“Throughout the many twists and turns of the pandemic, our team did their very best to navigate and pivot, including offering takeout and delivery, opening a bottle shop, and popping up a patio in the parking lot,” the post goes on to say.

The restaurant even went on to receive praise from the Michelin Guide in 2022: “Lamb is always a signature, but here it’s smoky, juicy and especially flavorful.” but it was not enough to stop Babel from closing.

“We are incredibly grateful for the welcoming Bayview & York Mills community, and to all of the wonderful guests who came to share great food and dink with us,” the post concludes.

Babel’s last day of service was on Dec 31 and they went out with a bang: serving a delicious New Year’s Eve prix fixe menu of  shared Mediterranean dishes guests could enjoy while feasting by the fire.

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