It makes me more likely to give it a chance, because I haven’t read anything about Baro or the other Tsoumaris restaurants that are not associated with King St Food Co having cash flow problems and not paying their suppliers.
I was someone who enjoyed the Brant House around 2003-2005, who went out to Brassaii, 606, Two Cats and other King W establishments in my 30s and early 40s.
At this stage in my life, I dislike the scene and vibe at most King W restaurants. That’s the main reason I haven’t been to Myth and it isn’t that high on my list. I also don’t like loud restaurants and most King W patios and restaurants are on the loud side.
Also, I’m half Greek, and a decent home cook, so I usually am fussy and seeking out specific dishes done in a certain way.
I like the food at Mamakas, but I find the space, service and other customers a little too sceney, and the portions sometimes precious. Koukla, I find a little gimmicky.
Take note, Chris Kalisperas at Mamakas had worked at Brassaii and I think Centro. The Greek restaurateurs and chefs know one another.
I’m not sure if the Nitza Tsoumaris who owned Myth on the Danforth for a short time according to ChefDB is Matty’s mother. John is older than Matty. Matty might be around 40 now, not sure.
Thanks for mentioning Bar Piquette is pretty much indoors. If that’s the case, I probably will just visit Union, which is close enough to me, and maybe The Three Speed , which is a very basic pub menu, so it is not worth a special detour from East York, but it had good ventilation last time I went so it’s a good option for Bloor & Dufferin) until more patios open in April or May. I found Bar Reyna’s seating on the patio and courtyard space too close for comfort, even in the summer.
For good indoor ventilation, for a coffee, the B Espresso inside the Royal Conservatory of Music, open Monday to Saturday during the day had a good CO2 reading. It was around 550, better than inside my apartment.