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Roywoods Jerk Chicken Moving Into 198 Ossington

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.

Roywoods Toronto

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 Jerk Chicken

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!

LAS closed: 229 Ossington vacant

LAS closed

LAS is closed at 229 Ossington

LAS, originally named La Saucisserie when it first opened less than 2 years ago at 229 Ossington, is closed.

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 media accounts 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.

 

LAS closed on Ossington

229 Ossington, recently occupied by LAS Resto Bar

 

 

Ossington Village Food News and Events: April 2017

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.

Kungfu Dawg Menu

Kungfu Dawg Menu at The Garrison


New Menu at MoTo Snack Bar

Dundas West’s delicious Italian snack bar just announced their new spring menu which they’re already serving nightly. Don’t worry, the sardine is not going anywhere.

Moto Snack Bar Menu

 

Continue reading Ossington Village Food News and Events: April 2017

Monthly Series: Boss Lady Mondays at The Painted Lady

Boss Lady MondaysBoss Lady Mondays is a relatively new monthly series in Ossington Village.

About Boss Lady Mondays

Boss Lady Mondays is a networking and lecture series for anyone in Toronto who identifies as a woman. This series is held every month on the last Monday of the month at Ossington’s own The Painted Lady.

Speaker Series

With a different set of speakers each month, Boss Lady Monday is a great opportunity to connect with and learn from other women.

Two different speakers talk each month, so the topics will change. I just attended my first Boss Lady Monday event, with two speakers of indigenous heritage and artistic leanings, and got inspiration and knowledge from both of their talks. I also met very friendly and interesting women of different pursuits in the audience, so it was a good night for me! Continue reading Monthly Series: Boss Lady Mondays at The Painted Lady

121 Ossington Changes: The Well is Closed; Oak Island Moving In

The Well is closed

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 logoOak 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.

Oak Island Ossington

Oak Island exterior

 

Retailer Play Closing After Less Than 6 Months on Ossington

I just found out on social media that retailer Play, which opened at 216 Ossington in November, is closing its doors this week.

The clothing store focused on unique fashion from European and Asian designers not commonly found in Toronto. Although Ossington is building daytime foot traffic, with lots of more established and even “chain” brands setting up shop here, it may be too difficult to create a name for a new indie brand.

Play is having a big sale until end of business Wednesday, March 22nd, on everything but shoes. If you didn’t check it out before, now is your last chance.

Sale

From Play’s Instagram Account

We’ll keep you posted when another tenant takes over the space at 216 Ossington Avenue.

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

Rally Hosts Big Sean Popup Launch

This weekend local gallery and often artspace Rally plays host to another album drop pop-up launch where Detroit hip hop artist Big Sean will be offering some limited edition merchandise including hats, tees, hoodies and Bomber jackets. The pop up will be held simultaneously in his home city of Detroit, LA and New York also – so we think it’s unlikely that he’ll stop by. Given the popularity of these events in the past, including the recent launch of The Weeknd’s album Starboy, we expect that part of Ossington to have lines up the street. See his instagram for more details.

 

The Best Places for Brunch in Ossington Village

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.


Union patioThe 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


Té brunch

Kimchi and Pork Eggs Benny at Té

Asian Fusion Brunch: Té

Continue reading The Best Places for Brunch in Ossington Village

Ossington Businesses Expand Across the City

We recently posted about how many Vancouver businesses are expanding to Ossington. But the trend goes outward from Ossington, too, not as far as Vancovuer – yet. More and more Ossington-founded businesses are expanding across Toronto – maybe the rest of the country – and beyond – is coming next.

Pizza Libretto

The first and biggest, Toronto’s favorite pizzeria started expanding before any of these other guys. Now Pizzeria Libretto has 4 outposts across the city, and the Ossington location is still open for lunch and dinner.


JunkedJunked Social post

This epic snack shop/caterer opened almost 2 years ago in the small storefront at 1256 Dundas West near Dovercourt. The Junked team announced, via social media, their plans to open a downtown shop at 507 Queen Street West. Expect the opening to feature new combinations of your favorite “junk” foods sometime soon!

We are still hoping this is an expansion and not a move. A lot of people love this spot on Dundas West. With choices ranging from savory to sweet and combos of both, Junked offers it all, and soon downtown workers and residents will taste for themselves.


Mamakas

Ossington got its first Greek full-service restaurant when Mamakas opened 2 1/2 years ago at 80 Ossington. Soon, those of us who don’t plan ahead and can’t get into the often-booked restaurant will be able to try the fast-casual version when chef/owner Thanos Tripi opens his Queen West takeout outpost this year. The space, to be called Agora, was announced last fall and is pending.


Oddseoul

Oddseoul has been in business on Ossington 4 years, opened Hanmoto just around the corner in 2015, and are expanding again! From Korean snack food at Oddesoul to Japanese at Hanmoto, they will move to Vietnamese food with Pinkys Ca Phe at College and Clinton, opening soon.

Pinkys Instagram Post


Let’s hope 2017 brings more of this successful trend for Ossington restaurants.