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La Carnita

Phone: 416-964-1555
Address: 501 College St., Toronto, ON, M6G 1A6
Restaurant Type: Mexican, Taco
Region: Downtown Toronto
Area: College Street / Little Italy
Nearest Intersection: College / Bathurst
Atmosphere: N/A
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Price: $$$$ - Moderate
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Restaurant Description

We didnít used to read WordUp! magazine, but the concept for La Carnita did transition from fantasy to reality in a way similar to Biggieís life, less a few Coogie sweaters. It began when Andrew Richmond, a creative chef trapped in a design directorís body, was hired by Amin Todai, a chilled-out entrepreneur trapped in a chilled-out entrepreneurís body. They worked side by side at OneMethod, Aminís Digital + Design anti-firm, where they were thinking of a master plan:

Start a pop-up (mobile store without a front) experiment that pairs street art with street food and see what happens.

From there we got a local artist to create a DŪa de los Muertos skull out of taco ingredients, called some friends to help cook, sent out a few tweets, and then sold some limited edition art work with some limited edition tacos. Everything sold out so we decided to do it again. We called another artist, called a few more friends, sent out a few more tweets, and popped-up two weeks later. For the next 11 months we did this a number of times, involving a variety of local artists and talented chefs (both who taught us much along the way).

About six months into our run we thought a restaurant might be in order. That was verified at UNO in April, a fairly massive party where we hosted a few thousand people, a number of absurdly talented chefs, and over 35 original works of street art by some of North Americaís finest creators.

Blog Posts
La CarnitaThursday, July 19th, 2012
With frequent pop ups throughout the year, ending with UNO, La Carnita's biggest and baddest art show event in April, it was evident that Toronto has an insatiable appetite for La Carnita. So when La Carnita took over the former Briscola space at College and Bathurst last month, it became the talk of the town. We all wanted to experience La Carnita's transformation from a pop-up stand to a restaur
by FoodJunkieChronicles
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Sunday - 5:00pm - 11:00pm
Monday - CLOSED
Tuesday - 5:00pm - 11:00pm
Wednesday - 5:00pm - 11:00pm
Thursday - 5:00pm - 11:00pm
Friday - 5:00pm - 11:00pm
Saturday - 5:00pm - 11:00pm
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