Lights Out at Conviction


TORONTO — A little over a year after opening, Toronto’s Conviction restaurant is closing its doors, according to Toronto Life.

According to the magazine, owners Marc Thuet and Biana Zorich will officially close the high-end restaurant Nov. 1. It seems the King West strip, which has been home to other Thuet culinary enterprises in the past, has lost its magic for the couple, who cite increased expenses and the block’s sudden expansion as deterrents to renegotiating the lease. “We just weren’t happy [in the King West space]. We had to step away,” Zorich told Toronto Life. “When Marc and I landed there six years ago, it was a little hush-hush, a little bit of a destination place. It changed right before my eyes.”

Conviction was home of the reality television series, Conviction Kitchen, which followed the opening of the ex-con staffed restaurant. The second season of the series, set to air Sunday, Oct. 24 on CityTv, is based at a Vancouver eatery.

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