The CONTACT Photography Festival officially launches April 28th and runs through the month of May throughout Toronto. While the theme this year is Canada’s 150, there are a lot of different subjects confronted in the works on display around Toronto. Here’s where you can enjoy the CONTACT Festival in and around Ossington Village.
Photographers Without Borders presents – Sumatra: Conservation is our Future
Boehmer Restaurant, –Reception:
Boehmer Restaurant is a beautiful space for exhibiting art, and for the duration of CONTACT, it will host the photographs of 4 females with the focus on the Sumatran rain forest. Photos of the animals and people living in that rapidly depleting environment are mean to raise awareness of the endangered animals in Sumatra. Stop by Boehmer at 93 Ossington to see the photos.
We got some answers after our post yesterday about the mysterious signage at 198 Ossington. It turns out that Cityplace favorite Roywoods is expanding to Ossington.
The team behind Roywoods at Cityplace is bringing their Caribbean cooking to Ossington Avenue. The flagship spot is a quick take-out style joint. Their specialty dish, jerk chicken, ranks #3 on the list of best jerk chickens in the city. The menu also includes oxtail, BBQ chicken and catfish and pork. Sandwiches and plates are available. This is all based on the menu at the original location. We will have to wait and see precisely what dishes the kitchen brings to the Ossington location. We can expect some Caribbean cuisine at 198 Ossington. This is a cuisine that doesn’t currently exist in the neighborhood, so it’s a welcome addition.
Roywoods Sandwich, courtesy roywoods.ca
Here’s a photo of the Roywoods jerk chicken from Cityplace.
We’ll keep you posted when it’s available on Ossington, because when it opens, we’ll be there!
A Restaurant Called Roy Woods May Be Coming to 198 Ossington
198 Ossington is covered with posters promoting a new restaurant which may be opening soon called Roy Woods.
198 Ossington is a commercial space on the west side of Ossington, a block and a half south of Dundas. Last occupied by The Ossington Dispensary, which opened in April 2016, the previous long-term tenant of 198 Ossington was Portugal Drapery and Textiles. Since the dispensary’s closure in December of last year, the space north of Telegramme Prints has been empty.
A quick peek into the space today shows there’s some furniture inside but it doesn’t look like there’s any activity, certainly no renovations. And renovations would be needed to convert the retailer into a restaurant.
Signage up at 198 Ossington
The exterior of 198 Ossington is papered with signs proclaiming a new restaurant opening soon.
198 Ossington exterior
Close-up of the sign on 198 Ossington
Roy Woods Resto and Bake
We have no idea what Roy Woods Resto and Bake is! Is this a fun hoax referring to the previous tenant with the use of the word “bake”? Elaborate graffiti art? Or maybe a new restaurant coming to Ossington?
Online searches are no help. There is already a Roywoods restaurant in Toronto, a jerk chicken joint in City Place, but the name is one word in that case and graphics are completely different so this seems unlikely.
Another Roy Woods is a young Canadian rapper who replaces the S with a dollar sign (Roy Wood$), but that road leads nowhere.
If Roy Woods 198 Ossington is an upcoming restaurant, we’ll let you know when we find out! Until then, post a comment if you have any information to share about these posters or what’s happening at 198 Ossington.
Never a particularly busy spot after replacing well regarded fine dining destination Yours Truly, LAS struggled to find it’s place on the Ossington strip. Opened as a craft beer and sausage hall, LAS tried to gain traction with DJs and live music, sold buytopia vouchers, and hosted painting parties throughout it’s two years in business. It doesn’t seem to have worked.
The website doesn’t load anymore, and the restaurant’s social mediaaccounts have been inactive since early March. The paper recently added to the inside of the doors and windows may mean someone is renovating for a future venture. For those who remember, this place used to be a coffee shop before Yours Truly. We’ll keep you posted when we learn more about the next tenant of 229 Ossington.
Local restaurants are busy hosting events and making changes. Springtime appears to also be time for Ossington Village food news. We’ve got a round-up of some of the opportunities for good eating in the weeks ahead.
Kungfu Dawg at The Garrison
Tonight is the launch party for Kungfu Dawg‘s hot dogs on the menu at The Garrison. Even if you can’t make it tonight, their veggie, corn and meat dogs are now available Tuesday-Saturday nights from 6pm at the venue on Dundas West.
The latest in our series of Ossington business profiles is of tequila bar-jazz bar-Mexican food-great patio-nightlife hotspot Reposado. Located at 136 Ossington Avenue, the bar has been a local favourite for a long time for all of the aforementioned reasons.
Aside from tequila, a patio, and live music, Reposado also has authentic Mexican food on their menu, courtesy of Toronto catering team Santo Pecado.
Sandy agreeably answered our questionnaire, and provided some photos showcasing the bar. Here’s our Reposado profile.
Tell us a bit about your business
Tequila, mezcal, Cocktail & Tapas bar with live music
The Well, the bar and game cafe at 121 Ossington, is closed. We don’t know exactly when this happened, but the chill spot to drink and play old games with your friends which opened in April 2014 is now out of business.
It looks like a new bar is set to take over the space and the license.
Oak Island opening soon
Oak Island is going to be a new bar/restaurant in the space in between Buffer salon and 109 Ossington. The logo and artwork online are tropical themed which would stand out on the strip. On Facebook, the team describes Oak Island as pharmacy & soda fountain. The space should open on April 1. The owners plan to serve craft cocktails, handmade sodas and snacks and be open for lunch and dinner.
We’ll be following Oak Island’s social media and will keep you posted when it opens.
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
This cold weather makes you want to relax over a hot meal in the middle of the day, cooked by someone else. Brunch is readily available at a variety of places in Ossington Village. Get out this weekend and enjoy at one – or more – of these excellent options for daytime food and drinks. Here are the best places for brunch in Ossington Village.
The Classic Brunch: Union Restaurant
Union has been serving brunch for years, and people know about it. It’s the bistro brunch, with dishes ranging from poached eggs with thick cut bacon to pancakes and more. The brunch at Union is popular; there are usually a few groups waiting at the door when it opens at 11am. In the summer, the capacity expands with the back patio, and it still gets full.
Good For: Holidays with Parents, couples; Basics: Union, 72 Ossington Ave. Brunch Saturday and Sunday 11a-3pm
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.