Hamilton restaurant forced to close after rent increase will re-open at new spot

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Published August 5, 2022 at 9:57 am

Hamilton restaurant forced to close after rent increase will re-open at new spot
Tomah, a popular Hamilton restaurant forced to close in February due to a rent increase, announced this week that it is re-opening at a new location.

A popular Hamilton restaurant forced to close in February due to a rent increase announced this week that it is re-opening at a new location.

Tomah restaurant was located at 132 Queen St. South before owner Mohamad Tomeh says his rent ballooned to nearly $6,000. That’s when he made the difficult decision to close his beloved business.


Tomah had a near-perfect rating on Google (4.8 out of 5) with nearly 400 reviews before closing. Now, the Syrian restaurant hopes to carry that support to its new spot in the heart of the downtown core, 242 King St. West — two blocks from Hamilton’s entertainment district.

“Hamilton! We have some (exciting) news!!!” reads Tomah’s Instagram post. “We will be reopening Tomah restaurant at a new location… We cannot wait to share our food with you again…”

The post garnered support from the community.

“OMG YES!!!! This is so exciting!!!!” replied another Hamilton eatery, Hearty Hooligan. “One of my favourite restaurants of all time. I’m so happy you’re coming back!!!”

Another comment reads, “yay!!!!!!!! how exciting for hamilton!”

Tomah says it’s the “first restaurant in Canada to serve homemade cheeses with shawarma and falafel.”

They are targeting a late-August grand opening, which would coincide with the opening of the original Tomah location in 2019.

Check their Instagram page for the latest.

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