The Michelin chef behind MIMI and Sunnys is opening a steak house on Ossington

Chef and restaurant owner David Schwartz is set to shake things up on Ossington with the opening of his newest venture, Linny’s. Anticipation buzzed as he took to the Ossington Community Association Facebook group to share the news.

Addressing potential confusion about the permit sign, Schwartz clarified that Linny’s, located at 176 Ossington, is entirely separate from the neighbouring establishment at 172 Ossington.

 “We are opening a full service sit down steakhouse with no late night component. I apologize if the notice is tough to see; it was the only place I could find to put it that was visible and didn’t require ripping down our construction paper,” Schwartz wrote.  “We have been working very hard on this project and are incredibly excited about opening in the Ossington Community!”

MIMI’s cult classic four foot belt noodles

Schwartz’s culinary journey has been nothing short of remarkable. After the success of Sunnys Chinese, launched as a takeout pop-up in 2020, he expanded to two brick-and-mortar restaurants—Sunnys, now a fixture in Kensington Market serving American-Chinese classics like orange chicken, and MMI Chinese—an upscale Chinese restaurant in Yorkville. Schwartz channeled his childhood love for Asian cuisine into this hotspot with a menu highlighting dishes from the Guangdong province, located in southeast China. Both establishments have garnered numerous dining awards.

His accolades continued to grow, with Sunnys receiving a Bib Gourmand in 2023, and Schwartz becoming the recipient of the Michelin Guide’s Toronto Young Chef Award in the same year.

No word yet on when Linny’s will open, but considering Schwartz’s success with his last two establishments and its prime location in one of Toronto’s hottest areas, it’s bound to be a hit.

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