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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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Beauty and The Beast Returns to Ossington

Have you seen some out-of-place subway station signs or new storefronts on Ossington today?
That’s because once again, our street is being transformed for Hollywood. This time, Beauty & The Beast is back filming on Ossington, and they’ve already taken over Soos, Tiger of Sweden and Humbert Street with New York City decor, including the requisite cabs.

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Beauty & The Beast, the CW series which airs on Showcase here, has already used Ossington as a backdrop for their NYC set before this shoot.

Here’s Academy of Lions with a Jazz Bar sign:

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Let us know if you see Kristen Kreuk or any of the show’s other stars. We’ve got some more photos from social media:

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Portuguese Day Parade in Photos

This year the rain didn’t stop the Portuguese Day Parade from coming along Dundas and celebrating our local Portuguese culture. As always there were plenty of colourful costumes, floats by many Portuguese-run companies, community groups and music by bands and DJs.

We’ve posted most of our pictures here on Facebook, but here’s a few as a sample of the participants and onlookers who tolerated the June rain to celebrate.

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Dundas West Fest 2015 in Photos

SignA gorgeous sunny day, patios and entertainment for blocks and blocks: what more could we have asked for yesterday with the 3rd annual Dundas West Fest? The turn-out was very large, with people from all over the city enjoying everything the local (and not-so-local) businesses were offering.

We have photos of the crowds, the bars, the entertainers, and more, but we’d love to see your photos too! Share with us on Twitter and Facebook.

A Samba Squad Salsa Parade to start the day off:

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Lots of good, local and regional food on patios:

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Local bands:

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Street Performers:

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Hanging on patios with large beers:

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Lots of refreshments and sweets:

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A beer garden, in a garden centre:

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Great international music at the LulaWorld stage:

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Rogue TV Series Shoots on Ossington

Rogue_(TV)_logoToday Ossington fills in for another location as the setting of another TV shoot: this time, it’s Northern California, the set for DirectTV series Rogue.

While we didn’t get to see series stars Thandie Newton, Cole Hauser or Andrea Roth, the production did take advantage of some of the unoccupied spaces on Ossington. 88 Ossington, which may soon be a boutique hotel, was mocked up to be a tavern or restaurant named T. Edison’s, and the space next to LOT at 100 Ossington was cleared out for use, whether for filming or storage, we don’t know.

Did you see any of the action of this police drama today? Let us know in the comments or tweet us @ossingtonvil

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109 Oz Demolition Begins

Screen Shot 2015-02-25 at 9.59.01 PMThe people who purchased homes at 109 Oz can be happy, as they have finally started demolishing the building which previously occupied the space. Yes, the storage facility (which showcased the heritage of Ossington, (sic)) is being knocked down for a condo.

There are fences up, probably to prevent people getting too close and hurting themselves, so it’s not easy to get photos, but we took some and they are posted below:

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Here’s what it is supposed to look like when it’s done:

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La Cubana opens on Ossington

IMG_20150214_124403After much anticipation, La Cubana is finally open! Yes, as of this weekend, we now have a Cuban joint on Ossington. The owners of one of the early restaurants that made the strip famous, DeLux, have converted 92 Ossington into a snack bar style restaurant – similar to their successful location on Roncesvalles.

 

We already stopped in for lunch today. The space is bright and cheery, and the Cuban jazz playing on the stereo enhanced the party mood. It is a snack bar, so when you arrive, you must go to the counter to place your order. They are new, but we didn’t have to wait long for anything.

The menu is small and focuses on a few Cuban specialties including medianoche sandwiches and larger plates of ribs and roasted chicken. You can complement these with authentic side dishes of tostones, conch fritters and yuca frita.

They have a beer specially made for them, La Cubana beer, make by the Junction Brewing Company, vintage sodas, and red and white wine, as well as a selection of mixed cocktails including Cuban favorites mohitos and Cuba Libres.

For this opening weekend they are open from noon until 10pm today and tomorrow, and closed Monday, while reserving the right to change those hours while they are learning the ropes and training.

The snack bar:

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Traditional Medianoche

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Snack bar style:

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Hawker Bar Adds 2nd Floor Dining Room

If you’ve ever tried to get into Ossington’s Singapore street food restaurant Hawker Bar on a weekend night, it could be a challenge. But that’s now going to change. Hawker Bar has finally opened their second floor dining room to expand their seating area, and serve more hungry customers.

In early 2013, the team at Hawker applied to the city for a back patio to add to their small space, but unfortunately their application was denied. The plans then changed to renovate and redevelop the second floor. For about a year they’ve been gutting and rebuilding and the last couple of nights they’ve offered a sneak peek with a soft opening. They’ve also added some new menu items, including the “”Fry””-nanese and a Black Angus Strip Loin, pictured below.

Expect a public opening this coming Sunday, February 15. For more updates, follow their hashtag #HawkerUpstairs

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A Snowy Ossington: Photos

A snowy Ossington looks very nice today. Shopfronts, signs, even chained bicycles are very photo friendly in the clean fresh snow. So, we took some snapshots of some of our favorite spots looking pretty in the snow. Plus, it looks like La Cubana is getting closer to opening. Enjoy the snow while it’s clean!

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Stylegarage Expands to Ossington

Ossington has a new furniture and design store. Queen West home furnishings and design store Stylegarage has moved to a much larger space at 78 Ossington Avenue from their prior location at Queen and Shaw. The impressive new store covers 2 floors previously housing AWOL Gallery, their artists’ lofts, and an elevator company warehouse. There are exposed brick walls, resanded and polished flooring, with paint markings and lines in the floor where the artists worked.

This is a welcome addition to the street, and the new condo dwellers will definitely be happy to have such a convenient store for all their modern home decor needs.

We took lots of photos, but be sure to visit yourself. This weekend they are offering discounts on dining tables, and there will be more sales leading up to Christmas.

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