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Harley Davidson Cafe on Ossington

A Harley Davidson Cafe is opening on Ossington tomorrow, June 17. They’ve taken over the space under the Lower Ossington Theatre, at 96 Ossington.  It is now filled with motorcycles and signage for Harley Davidson Cafes.

A quick google search for this name in Toronto brings up a placeholder for “1903: A Harley Davidson Cafe.” 1903 is the year Harley Davidson was founded, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

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There’s a Harley Davidson Cafe in Vegas, which is similar to a Hard Rock Cafe, only with motorcycles as decor. In this case, their twitter account  presents as a coffee shop than a burger joint.  They plan to be open 7 days a week starting at 7am and will be serving all the typical cafe fare. The idea is for customers to have an espresso while admiring the assortment of bikes on display. UPDATE: the coffee is from Toronto’s Fahrenheit Coffee.

Here’s a shot from their twitter account:

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And a photo of the exterior:

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With Town Moto just up the street, maybe some of those motorcycle aficionados will check out the space for the coffee and conversation. UPDATE: We stopped in a took more photos so make sure you’re following our Facebook.

Rashers Serving Your Bacon Needs on Ossington

RashersYou thought Ossington already had all the food you need? Think again! Rashers, newly opened at 182 Ossington, reminds us that we didn’t have nearly enough bacon sandwiches. Problem solved.

If you love bacon, you probably already know about Rashers. If not, let me explain:

Rashers has been open on the east end of Toronto for about 4 years, and east enders have been enjoying their bacon sandwiches all this time. Well, now it’s our turn! And thanks to Rashers, we have so many choices! Peameal, strip bacon, with maple or smoke or neither, plus extras including egg, cheeses, veggies, condiments. The first time I walked in I just marvelled at the menu selections because every choice looks so good.

The ordering process is similar to La Cubana down the street, you order and pay at the counter and pick up your food when it’s ready. There are a few cozy booths and some window seats for the dine-in option. The turn-around is pretty quick, but you won’t mind waiting either, because there is a very detailed and fun wall mural with a lot of Toronto icons enjoying bacon which will entertain you and your friends. Today was a gorgeous day, so a lot of people were ordering to go. This adds to your list of options for park picnics this summer!

Once they ramp up at the new location, you’ll probably be able to order Rashers for delivery downtown. And we all know, bacon travels very well.

Rashers is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.  Today, while sampling sandwiches, I ran into a lot of locals, all of whom are very excited for this new addition to Ossington! Lots of photos of the offerings and the space below:

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Rashers Brie and Bacon with curly fries

Rashers Brie and Bacon with curly fries

 

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Rashers Apple & Maple Grilled Cheese

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Rashers Hogtown Peameal bacon with egg and cheese

 

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A small segment of the wall mural – the Ossington part 🙂

 

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Watch Ossington traffic from the window seats

Ossington’s Changing Landscape – Photo Blog Post

There are a lot of changes happening on Ossington including new buildings and businesses, so we did a walk around and took some photos to highlight some of the most recent ones on the street.

The small location at 104 Ossington just north of Lower Ossington Theatre most recently housed a onesie shop called Kigurumi, has also been a record store and a vintage shop,  and will soon be home to a tattoo parlour called Bellwoods Tattoo.

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Baby Hueys is now gone from 72 Ossington, and the space appears to be renovating into a new storefront. Next door there’s a logo for TA2, a recording studio with headquarters on the east end, and may be expanding to Ossington.

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Motif Lofts has been under construction for a few years and looks closer to being ready for tenants. In the next few months we may also see some new retailers on the ground floor at 41 Ossington.

 

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At the corner of Ossington and Queen, Stussy is now closed as we anticipate the arrival of the American retailer who took over the lease: IMG_4355

The building at 114 Ossington, which houses Venezia Bakery, is has been undergoing a massive transformation, adding two floors above, most likely for residences.

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186 Ossington, the old home of Vintage Mix 1, is now confirmed as the new home of Rotate This, which is currently prepping for the move from Queen St. West to Ossington later this month.

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Finally, The Crooked Star, at 202 Ossington on the corner of Roylat St, is in the midst of a transformation. We have no idea what’s going on behind closed doors, but a lot of people are hoping the renovated Crooked Star opens soon!

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Two Ossington Causes to Support Now

There are some things you can do to get behind two good causes in our neighborhood this week!

winterclothingdriveFirst, The Ossington is the spot to be this Saturday to support Syrian refugees to Canada. On Saturday afternoon, bring your gently used – or new- clothing to 61 Ossington to help newcomers to Canada who don’t have warm winter clothes. The event runs from 2p-6pm, there will be $4 drinks so you have incentive to stay and mingle and learn more about the cause. They have requested decent winter wear for young adults as well as new socks and underwear.

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Second, you’ve probably all seen this photo of Sam James’ Ossington coffee shop and heard that it’s going to have to close at the end of the month. Well, he’s not the only one who’s angry that the new tenant is taking over his small nook. It’s been very newsworthy and the latest news is that a Sam James Coffee fan started a petition to keep the shop open – something that Jen Agg of The Black Hoof has been actively sharing and promoting through Twitter. There is some confusion over who actually is forcing them out, new tenant Shinola or the landlord, but either way, sign the petition if you want to support keeping Sam James on Ossington.

Sam James and Stussy are moving from Queen and Ossington

20151128_113648The building at Queen and Ossington, which used to house a sewing machine shop called WorldSew only a few years ago, has changed hands. As a result, both Stussy, which opened in late 2012, and Sam James Coffee Bar, which opened in April of 2014. are leaving the neighbourhood.

We’ve heard from a few neighbours, and it’s also being reported in Now Magazine, that the building is being taken over by Shinola, a Detroit company that sells retro watches and leather goods.

Sam James unsuccessfully tried to negotiate to stay in the space after the change of hands, and posted his displeasure at the result on his instagram this week.

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While we understand change is inevitable, we’re still sad to see a positive local institution like Sam James leave our neighborhood.

Jimmy’s Coffee Brings More Joe to Ossington

There’s a new place to get your coffee fix on Ossington. Jimmy’s Coffee, a popular java spot with several locations downtown, has moved into 15 Ossington, adjacent to Sweaty Betty’s and just north of another beloved coffee shop, Sam James.

15 Ossington, which used to be home to various consignment and vintage shops, is transformed into a comfortable and spacious cafe. It’s probably the biggest of the 4 indy coffee shops on Ossington, with a large back room as well as the front room and coffee bar. Jimmy’s is now open and serving drinks and pastries.

We took some photos so check them out in case you can’t stop in this weekend.

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Local Food News

There’s been a lot of activity in the local restaurant scene these days. First, a recap on the new openings: Both The Grow Op and Omaw are now open and serving, as you can read about in our earlier posts. (Omaw even got a later write-up in the Toronto Star yesterday). Neither restaurant seems to have a website, but Grow Op is posting photos on Instagram.

We also posted this week that Jimmy’s Coffee is coming to Ossington soon, and then they tweeted us their plan is to open at the end of September:

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Mamakas, the Greek restaurant which opened last August at 80 Ossington, got a rave review from Joanne Kates, so expect more crowds for the near future and reserve ahead!

You are now able to have vegan food and craft beer for lunch as Porter House just last week added afternoon hours to their schedule from Wednesday – Monday.

Rock Lobster is participating in “Le Burger Week” – and their Surf N Turf burger has been listed as one of the 5 burgers to try by Toronto.com.

Some sad news to report is that Jewish restaurant Essen, which used to be Quinta, at 1282 Dundas West, is now closed, according to Toronto Life. They closed the doors about a week ago and are not replacing it with another restaurant.

The space where Philip Sparks had his shop is also in transition, soon to be a food venue from the team behind Hawker Bar.

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Also, shout-outs to local favorites Pizza Libretto and Reposado, who both celebrated anniversaries last month!

Please keep us posted via social media or the comments if you’ve got any more news to share!

More Caffeine for Ossington: Jimmy’s Coffee Shop Opening Soon

Jimmy’s Coffee is already an established brand in downtown Toronto, and now it’s coming to Ossington. The July closing of Silver Falls Vintage and Tusk at 15 Ossington, provided an opportunity for Jimmy’s to expand west to our happening neighborhood.

According to Jimmy’s on Twitter, they’re currently renovating the space, which is just north of Sweaty Betty’s on the east side of Ossington.

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With Sam James, I Deal and Crafted Coffee all offering us great brews, the addition of Jimmy’s may bring more people to the street or just keep more of us awake. We’ll keep you posted when it opens!

 

The Grow Op Opening This Week

The Grow Op, a new smoothie and salad bar and so much more, will be opening this week at 222 Ossington. You may remember a long line of fish markets in this space just south of Dundas, but now it’s clean, bright and ready to serve you anything from coffee to salads and sandwiches to kombucha and smoothies.

They’re doing soft opening private parties this weekend, but you should be able to stop by and try a treat this week. They’ll open around 8 or 9am each day, so you can start your day with a coffee or smoothie from The Grow Op.

So far, you can only find them on instagram. We took some photos Friday night, posted below:IMG_2567

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Dundas West Fest Back for Year 3 This Saturday, June 6

dwf2015This Saturday marks the 3rd year for the Dundas West Fest. The first two years were a big success, both for the residents and businesses in the neighbourhood, and year three looks to be at least as good!

The festival closes down Dundas from Ossington all the way west to Landsdowne, and many community groups, shops, restaurants and more will be represented. What makes the Dundas West Fest so successful is the inclusion of all the local groups and businesses for food and entertainment.

With kids’ zones, lots of music, shopping, art, and plenty of food and drink, the Dundas West Fest offers lots of opportunities for everyone to enjoy.

Some of the highlights of this year’s fest include:

  • The Garrison hosts a craft beer festival and free music stage in the Beer Store parking lot, with well-known local bands ranging from The Royal Crowns to Good Enough Live Karaoke to Choir! Choir! Choir!
  • Comedy with The Afternoon Laugh party with local comedians at the Sheridan stage, and more jokes at Full of Beans
  • Free portraits from renowned photographer George Pimental at the Alegria Stage
  • Readings by Portuguese-Canadian writers at the West Stage
  • DJs and Art at Milk Glass Co
  • Kids zones at the west end of the fest
  • Busker zones scattered throughout the festival
  • Food and drink from all the local cafes, bars and restaurants, and a new food zone at the west end near Landsdowne

There are too many events to list, so check out the facebook page  and the location map.

Take a look at some photos from last year to get a sense of the scope and scale of the festival.

Schedule below:

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