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Toronto Offsite Design Festival in Ossington Village

Toronto Design Offsite Festival logoThe annual Toronto Offsite Design Festival (TO DO) brings design to untraditional spaces across the city, including places right here in Ossington Village. The festival runs from January 16-22 with events and exhibitions. Here’s what to do at TO DO Ossington Village.

Local events are detailed below.

 

 


ALMA at Toronto Offsite Design Fest Ossington VillageAlma at Saudade

Dundas West Portuguese design shop Saudade gets involved in TO DO with authentic handmade needlepoint in the Portuguese historic style. The wall coverings will decorate Saudade as of Tuesday, January 17 through the end of the festival, Sunday the 22nd.

Information: Saudade, 1191 Dundas Street West. Opening Reception: January 17 at 7pm, RSVP here

 

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The Best Places for Brunch in Ossington Village

This cold weather makes you want to relax over a hot meal in the middle of the day, cooked by someone else. Brunch is readily available at a variety of places in Ossington Village. Get out this weekend and enjoy at one – or more – of these excellent options for daytime food and drinks. Here are the best places for brunch in Ossington Village.


Union patioThe Classic Brunch: Union Restaurant

Union has been serving brunch for years, and people know about it. It’s the bistro brunch, with dishes ranging from poached eggs with thick cut bacon to pancakes and more. The brunch at Union is popular;  there are usually a few groups waiting at the door when it opens at 11am. In the summer, the capacity expands with the back patio, and it still gets full.

Good For: Holidays with Parents, couples; Basics: Union, 72 Ossington Ave. Brunch Saturday and Sunday 11a-3pm


Té brunch

Kimchi and Pork Eggs Benny at Té

Asian Fusion Brunch: Té

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New Restaurant La Banane Now Open At 227 Ossington

Ossington has a new restaurant to ring in the new year. La Banane is now open at 227 Ossington in the large space previously occupied by The Saint, also owned and managed by the King Street Food Group. The French restaurant serves dinner daily from 6PM.

Chef Brandon Olsen

Chef Brandon Olsen, an up and coming culinary star in Toronto, runs the kitchen for Ossington’s new French restaurant. Chef Olsen has a good resume: he ran the cuisine at The Black Hoof and Bar Isabel, plus he’s a chocolatier with his own shop on College Street.

This restaurant was one of the most anticipated openings of 2016/17 and we had dinner there last night.

The Food at La Banane

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Ossington Restaurant Events: January 2017 Edition

January in Toronto is usually a month of hibernating. But Toronto restaurants want you to dine out, and Ossington Village restaurants are offering a variety of reasons to eat out and enjoy this January. Here’s a rundown of upcoming Ossington restaurant events.


Ossington Food Event Boehmer Diner en Bark

Boehmer’s Diner en Bark Menu

Diner en Bark Winter Edition, Boehmer Restaurant

Boehmer Restaurant, in conjunction with Get Leashed Magazine, is hosting another dinner for people and their dogs. This is a member’s only event, so you must join the Get Leashed club to participate, but if you want to eat dinner in a restaurant with your dog, this is the club for you.

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Ossington News and Reviews: January 2017

newsThe latest Ossington news ranges from new business coverage, local restaurants making some top rankings, and a local robbery.

Recent Toronto Best Of Rankings Include Local Restaurants

This time of year features some restaurant rankings, including local restaurants receiving praise from the press.

Toronto’s Best American style restaurants

Toronto Life just released a list of the 12 best spots in Toronto to get American food like burger, fried chicken and bbq, and Omaw and Smoke Signals both made the list.

Best New Restaurants of 2016

Joanne Kates ranked the top 10 new restaurants of last year, and Dundas West’s Ufficio made her list for their seafood focused Italian menu.

Last Ossington Marijuana Dispensary May Have Been Robbed

A customer of Canna Clinic on Ossington claims he was there when the shop was robbed by masked gunman before Christmas. While the owners and employees of the clinic have not spoken at all, this customer has spoken to press and called the police. The dispensary likely does not feel safe contacting police since the police are constantly raiding and causing problems for these businesses in Toronto. The customer does not feel the dispensary is safe to have in the neighborhood.

Ossington News on New Businesses

We noted the openings of both Barber & Co and The Local from Lululemon before year end. Others have noticed and are giving both new businesses some good press.

 

Ossington Businesses Expand Across the City

We recently posted about how many Vancouver businesses are expanding to Ossington. But the trend goes outward from Ossington, too, not as far as Vancovuer – yet. More and more Ossington-founded businesses are expanding across Toronto – maybe the rest of the country – and beyond – is coming next.

Pizza Libretto

The first and biggest, Toronto’s favorite pizzeria started expanding before any of these other guys. Now Pizzeria Libretto has 4 outposts across the city, and the Ossington location is still open for lunch and dinner.


JunkedJunked Social post

This epic snack shop/caterer opened almost 2 years ago in the small storefront at 1256 Dundas West near Dovercourt. The Junked team announced, via social media, their plans to open a downtown shop at 507 Queen Street West. Expect the opening to feature new combinations of your favorite “junk” foods sometime soon!

We are still hoping this is an expansion and not a move. A lot of people love this spot on Dundas West. With choices ranging from savory to sweet and combos of both, Junked offers it all, and soon downtown workers and residents will taste for themselves.


Mamakas

Ossington got its first Greek full-service restaurant when Mamakas opened 2 1/2 years ago at 80 Ossington. Soon, those of us who don’t plan ahead and can’t get into the often-booked restaurant will be able to try the fast-casual version when chef/owner Thanos Tripi opens his Queen West takeout outpost this year. The space, to be called Agora, was announced last fall and is pending.


Oddseoul

Oddseoul has been in business on Ossington 4 years, opened Hanmoto just around the corner in 2015, and are expanding again! From Korean snack food at Oddesoul to Japanese at Hanmoto, they will move to Vietnamese food with Pinkys Ca Phe at College and Clinton, opening soon.

Pinkys Instagram Post


Let’s hope 2017 brings more of this successful trend for Ossington restaurants.

2016 In Review: Openings and Closings in Ossington Village

2016 is almost over, and we look back at all the new businesses we welcomed to the neighbourhood this year, and the ones that closed. Here is our 2016 in Review of the changes in Ossington Village this past year.


Ufficio Restaurant opened January 2016

At the very start of the new year, we welcomed new Italian fish focused restaurant Ufficio. Still serving dinner most nights, Ufficio is located at 1234 Dundas West.


Bridge + Bardot closed January 2016

Women’s fashion boutique Bridge + Bardot was open on Dundas West for 3 1/2 years. The shop closed in January to focus on their online store, which is still operating.


Rock Lobster Closed, Baby Huey Moved Into the Space, March 2016

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Argyle Street Grill Coming to Dundas and Ossington

A liquor license application was just posted at 1161 Dundas Street West for The Argyle Street Grill.  This address just west of Ossington was formerly home to the Cooper Cole art gallery followed by a series of pop-ups after the gallery moved to Dupont.

Online research finds an Argyle Street Grill in Caledonia which has been popularized on Food Network TV show You Gotta Eat Here! No word on if they’re opening a Toronto location, but that’s probably not the case. More likely is it is being named after nearby Argyle Street.

The front windows are covered by drapes, so we can’t see inside. Serious renovations will need to be done before opening, however. The art gallery did not have a kitchen, for one thing. We’ll keep you posted as we learn more about this upcoming new Dundas West business.

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Ride Cycle Club Coming to Ossington

ride cycle club logoRide Cycle Club, another Vancouver chain, is coming to Ossington.

Vancouver Chains Currently on Ossington

Ossington has become almost a Vancouver east, with all the chain stores that have opened on the street recently:

About Ride Cycle Club

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Ossington Dispensary is Closed

Ossington Dispensary ClosedAnother pot dispensary in the neighborhood appears to have bitten the dust. This week, Ossington Dispensary shut down for good. One of the first dispensaries in the area, it opened last April at 198 Ossington, but now Ossington Dispensary is closed.

The “closed” sign has been on the door all week long, and the business’ instagram account hasn’t been active in 2 weeks. Confirmation on the closure comes from Reddit, however.

According to employees of the dispensary writing on Reddit, the landlord was pressured by police and eventually had to shut the business down. They cannot stay in that location, but provided contact information so as to keep customers informed of their next steps.

It’s been a crazy year for the dispensary business. Ossington Village has had a number of openings and closings since April, and Canna Clinic appears to be the last one standing.


UPDATE:

A friendly reader sent us a photo of the sign posted on the side door of Ossington Dispensary. they really appreciated the great neighbors and customers and explained that with the government not properly addressing the regulations, it became untenable to remain in the business. The photo is a little blurry but you can get the sentiment:

 

Ossington Dispensary note

The note posted on the side door of the Ossington Dispensary