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 Junkedat 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 opening on Dundas West – maybe as soon as tomorrow
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.
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!
Trinity Bellwoods Park ranked as runner up for Best Park (High Park won)
Congrats to Mike Layton – runner up as Best City Councillor
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.
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!
Toronto’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!
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
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.
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.
The 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:
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.
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 is converting the space at 182 Ossington, which was a Vietnamese coffee shop called Dalat Coffee before closing a few years ago.