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Eastern Promise

Modern resto-lounges are ubiquitous in Toronto’s trendiest neighbourhoods, but travel beyond the downtown core and the über-hip pickings are decidedly slimmer. Recently opened Local (511 Danforth Ave., 416-465-5522) aspires to fill the dinner-and-nightlife void along The Danforth—home to innumerable family-style Greek restos—with a large art gallery–inspired space for eating, sipping and socializing. Featuring exposed brick and a long bar, the decidedly urban dining room offers a spot for sharing both conversation and pan-Mediterranean cuisine by chef Steven Wilson. Wide banquettes give the lounge an air of easy luxury, while the loft is a more private spot for sophisticated scenesters.

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