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Double D’s Bringing Deep Dish Pizza to Dundas West

There’s another pizza joint coming to our neighbourhood. East side newbie Double D’s Pizza is planning to take over the space recently vacated by Junked at Dundas and Dovercourt. For those who didn’t know, Junked recently moved downtown to Queen and Spadina.

Double D’s opened on Gerrard Street at the beginning of 2017 and Torontonians must like their Chicago style pies, because the restaurant is already expanding to the west end. Daily Hive reported on this expansion last week, but these guys move faster than expected and are planning to open very soon!

This new pizza joint should not be seen as direct competition to our two popular local pizza spots: Libretto and Superpoint. Chicago style pizza is a completely other breed; some refer to it as more like a cake versus a pizza pie. You’ll be able to try for yourself any day now. According to the latest post on the pizza parlour’s Instagram account, they are hoping to open at 1256 Dundas Street West tomorrow. Yes, that’s right. You may be able to try their pizza on Dundas West tomorrow, March 18th.

Double D's Pizza Dundas West

Double D’s Pizza opening on Dundas West – maybe as soon as tomorrow

I took some photos of the exterior today – and there were people working away inside the space too. Keep an eye out for their opening. Continue reading Double D’s Bringing Deep Dish Pizza to Dundas West

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 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 In The News

There’s lots happening in Ossington Village in both retail and food, and the press is noticing. Here’s a roundup of some recent local news stories.

Ossington Becoming a Fashion Destination

We’ve said it before, and now others are saying the same thing. With the influx of more and more retail stores, Ossington Avenue is becoming a destination for shoppers. And thanks to multiple building owner Hullmark Developments, more big name retailers are coming next year: We already knew about Lululemon, and now we know about the spin studio Ride Cycle Club also coming in 2017.


Superpoint Pizza Is Getting Good Reviews

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Ossington Businesses Awarded “Best in Toronto”

Now Toronto released their annual readers’ choice lists of top businesses in Toronto, and lots of local businesses ranked high. Here’s a recap of the bars, stores, restaurants and people to be voted best by Toronto locals. Congratulations to all!

Now Best of Toronto

 

Toronto Cityscape

  • Trinity Bellwoods Park ranked as runner up for Best Park (High Park won)
  • Congrats to Mike Layton – runner up as Best City Councillor

Shopping and Services

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Ossington Businesses in The News

Multiple Ossington businesses are in the news, so it’s time for a round-up of this press coverage.  As always, there’s a lot going on and Toronto is watching – and talking about it!

Superpoint is open and people are excited about the new pizza place

When Superpoint opened, we tried it out and liked it. Guess what? We weren’t the only ones! Toronto Life also likes the new Ossington restaurant, and got some great food photos. And the takeout window is open, just in time for the cold weather.

Fashionistas are thrilled to borrow dresses from Studio Fitzroy

After moving into their permanent space around the corner on Dundas, Studio Fitzroy changed focus to dress rentals. As a result, the boutique is getting deserved attention for their unique to Toronto designer gown borrowing options. With the holidays and all the accompanying parties and events approaching, an outfit from Fitzroy is worth trying!

Music Fans are celebrating Rotate This on its 25th Anniversary

Rotate This in the news 25 Years

We’ve only had Rotate This on Ossington for a few months, but the shop has been a Toronto music staple for 25 years. They’re celebrating with a party this Saturday, and Now has a great profile/interview looking back at some of the store’s high points.

Motif has leased their main floor to menswear store Reigning Champ

People are living in the building at 41 Ossington, and now we know what retailer will take over the main floor of Motif Lofts. It’s Vancouver menswear company Reigning Champ, which will add to the draw of Ossington to shoppers.

Playing Pokemon Go in Ossington Village

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Pokémon Go launched in Canada on Sunday, and we’re already hooked and so are many other locals. There are PokéStops and gyms all around Ossington Village. Thanks to a lot of nearby graffiti, churches and parks, you can get a lot of Pokémon Go activity nearby.

Last night, we walked around the back alleys of our neighbourhood, taking in graffiti PokéStops, and meeting other people doing the same thing!

PokéStops

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Toronto Bike Share Opens Ossington Riders to More of the City

bikeshareTOlogoToronto’s bike share program may finally become usable to Ossington Village residents.

Expansion plans were announced a few months ago, and today the organization issued a map of future stations, spreading out this system to more areas of the city after 7 years in operation. And, good news! They are adding several more bike stations beyond the one at Queen and Ossington and you will be able to take them west of Ossington!

The bike share program’s history has been tumultuous in Toronto.

Original operator Bixi went bankrupt, so the city’s parking authority took over management. While smaller cities like Montreal and Washington DC have successful programs that cover large swathes of downtown, Toronto’s started with bike stations along the subway line. So, as opposed to offering transport options where little were available, the bike share was a superfluous service where one already existed.

We waited a long time before the bicycles even made it past Bathurst, and those just a little west of us have waited longer, as the Ossington and Queen stop has been the furthest west for years:

Furthest West Location at Queen and Ossington

Furthest West Location at Queen and Ossington

Now there will be places to pick up and drop off your bicycle in Liberty Village, the Exhibition and Dufferin. Sorry, Roncy, you still have some waiting to do.

The upcoming bike stations include Trinity Bellwoods Park, Dundas West and more on West Queen West:

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More bike share stations in the west end

Residents and visitors in other parts of the city will be interested too: bikes are coming to the Distillery District and Leslieville!

This is long overdue, so let’s celebrate! Toronto’s bike share is actually starting to look legit! Expansion begins today and will be ongoing through July 11, as they add 120 new stations and 1000 new bikes.

Since you may now want to try using these bikes, here are the details:

  • 24 hour access pass: $7
  • 48 hour access pass: $15
    • As long as you return bikes within 30 minutes of each trip, no extra charges beyond those access fees
  • Annual membership: $90

Will you be trying these bikes out this summer? Tweet us or let us know on Facebook.

4th Dundas West Fest Coming June 11

Poster_V6_nocropThe Dundas West Fest is going to be entertaining crowds next Saturday, June 11. We’ve got a long list of reasons why you won’t want to miss this one, for one, after 3 years, it’s already being touted as a top summer festival in Toronto.

First, the logistics: Dundas West will be closed to traffic between Ossington and Landsdowne all day Saturday, June 11. The streets will be for people, and for the businesses to fill as they wish. This means many of the retailers will have sidewalk sales, and the bars and restaurants will have patios, plus there are kids’ zones, art areas and music stages scattered throughout. With the wildly diverse businesses on the street, you will be able to choose from a lot of entertainment and dining.

I mentioned we had some highlights, but check out the site linked above because there is a lot going on this Saturday:

  • The Garrison is curating a full day of free live music from the parking lot of The Beer Store: headliners are The Dears, other bands range from the local old favorites The Shuffle Demons to the more current Run with the Kittens
  • For more music, the Lulaworld stage at Dundas and Brock features dance lessons, drumming and a variety of international performers all sponsored by Lula Lounge
  • Kids zone at Dundas and Sheridan will feature fun activities for the kids all day, including soccer and a kids’ stage
  • Check out the patio at West Neighborhood House: there will be games, music and community discussions
  • Milk Glass Co is hosting a party with music all day
  • Sports fans, take note! Euro Cup begins on June 10, and Opera Bob’s and likely many other local sports bars like Dock Ellis and The Contender will be airing the games all throughout the tournament
  • Food glorious food! From the Portuguese butchers grilling meats, to the Italian, BBQ, Thai and more, there will be outdoor seating and take-away all along the street

If you want to see what went on in previous years, click here and here.

 

 

 

Ossington News: Pop Ups, A New Resto and A Great Review

Spring is a busy time on Ossington – new places popping up for short and long-term and older places getting some good news.

Two pop-ups are launching this month: online shops are taking the opportunity of empty spaces to engage with their customers in real life, so both Ace/Five and Fitzroy Boutique will be local for a while. Ace/Five, a menswear shop, opens today for the month of May at 1138 Dundas Street West, just east of Ossington. Fitzroy Boutique, a women’s fashion store, is popping up at 98 Ossington, in the space beneath Lower Ossington Theatre. According to a recent Facebook post, Fitzroy soft opened on Ossington this weekend, and will be here for a while.

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A future long-term Ossington resident is already known to East Enders and Toronto bacon lovers. That’s right, Rashers is coming to Ossington, and from the looks of the storefront and their social media, it may open soon. So expect lots of bacon fans to descend on the strip soon!

Rashers Instagram Post

Rashers Instagram Post

Rashers is converting the space at 182 Ossington, which was a Vietnamese coffee shop called Dalat Coffee before closing a few years ago.

Last but certainly not least, Enoteca Sociale, having just been included in the Joanne Kates list, followed that up with a stellar review in The Globe and Mail, comparing the restaurant to the best places in Rome! They take reservations, but I’m not sure if you’ll get in there on Mother’s Day.

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