Popular Dundas Street Charcuterie Spot The Black Hoof is Closing

Owner Jen Agg announced August closure via Instagram

Restauranteur Jen Agg has owned and operated Dundas Street West charcuterie haunt The Black Hoof for 10 years. On Thursday, Agg took to Instagram to announced that the popular eatery is set to close in August.

“I’m so proud of what this place was and what it has become,” Agg said via Instagram. “Totally without hubris, it was a turning point for the restaurant scene in our town and has seen so many people come and go, but uncharacteristically, as so often with restaurants, it has seen many people stay, and they’ve become the heartbeat of my company—I love you all dearly you know who you are.”

Read her entire statement below.

If you would like to sit on the patio at the hoof (which is always a good idea) this summer is the time to do it! TRUST! What a sweet little treehouse it is. Ok fuck it, like I always say what’s the point of a press release when I can just do this. The Hoof (now in its 10th year) is so special to me—it’s where I learned how to do what I do (so often the hard way)—but it’s time. I’ve never approved of closing a busy restaurant, (seems crazy, tbh) but we’ve said all we have to, and ten years in this business is a LONG FUCKING TIME. I’m so proud of what this place was and what it has become. Totally without hubris, it was a turning point for the restaurant scene in our town and has seen so many people come and go, but uncharacteristically, as so often with restaurants, it has seen many people stay, and they’ve become the heartbeat of my company—I love you all dearly you know who you are. We’ll be going hard ‘til August 20th. Come say hi/bye! ❤️❤️❤️

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The Black Hoof, which opened in 2008, played a vital role in changing dining attitudes in Toronto. Agg and then chef Grant Van Gameren focused on game meats and offered modern delicacies like bone marrow.

Agg will continue to operate her two other Dundas West spots, Rhum Corner and Cocktail Bar. So mark August 20 on your calendar as your absolute last chance to chow down at The Black Hoof.

Image via Flickr/Wanda Gould