Springtime is a time for enjoying patios and supporting good causes and, of course, enjoying good food. There is a great cause on Ossington worth supporting – the back patio at Union Restaurant. Teo Paul, the owner and chef at Union had a BBQ these evening attended by some locals, encouraging everyone to come and sign his petition to get his beautiful back patio operational.
Teo was out serving the best hamburgers and sausages I think I have tasted in a while, with some great condiments. Mike Layton, our Ward 19 counselor, stopped by and chatted with Teo, explaining that these are the kind of local places that we need in the neighbourhood.
Right now, but current bylaws, Union cannot open their patio to the public, so they will need to go to the Committee of Adjustment. During these hearings, letters of support from locals can be helpful.
Teo’s goal for Union is to be a refuge for both farmers and patrons, and he has wanted a patio since he began his journey to ownership. The idea for the patio is that it would serve a maximum of 24 people, and also house his composting area as well as a charcoal barbeque. Produce from local farmers will also be showcased along the wall. It will close at 11pm, so as not to disturb local neighbours.
He is asking for letters of support so if you can email him at email@example.com a letter noting your support, he can then use that at the committee meeting.