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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.

Lululemon Ossington Opening Friday

Lululemon OssingtonLululemon Store to be called The Local Is Opening Tomorrow

Lululemon is opening a retail concept store called The Local on Ossington this week. We heard the news of this opening back in September, and it’s been confirmed by Lululemon that the concept store will open this Friday, December 16th at 96 Ossington.

Expected to be a Men’s Concept Store

From everything we’ve read, this new Lululemon store will focus on men’s apparel and lifestyle. According to a video posted on the company’s social media, the store will involve collaboration and be a “breeding ground for innovation”.  Perhaps some of the collaboration will occur with other local Ossington businesses. The Local team has already engaged with Academy of Lions founder Dhani Oaks, who is being labelled a “The Local ambassador” on Lululemon’s Facebook account. This is a good partnership for Lululemon, because they want to outfit all of the athletes at the crossfit gym.

96 Ossington

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Black Friday Deals in Ossington Village

Today is Black Friday and we recommend you shop local. There are so many great retailers in our neighborhood, and many of them are offering special deals today, in store, online or both. Get your holiday shopping done early, or buy something for yourself. We don’t judge, as long as you shop local!

Anice Jewellery, 102 Ossington Ave

Anice Jewellery logoThe more you buy today, the more you get back. This local jewellery store is offering you gift cards when you spend $50 or more: with a $50 spend, receive a $25 gift card, with $75 you’ll get $35, and for a $100 purchase, you’ll get back a $45 gift card. You can buy jewellery for multiple people with that deal!

 

Crywolf, 91 Ossington Ave

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The Weeknd Is Coming to Ossington

Starboy The Weeknd OssingtonExpect huge crowds on lower Ossington this Wednesday night/Thursday morning because music superstar The Weeknd is coming.

Special Pop-Up on Ossington

The Weeknd is having pop-up shops around the world this weekend to launch his new album. Toronto, his hometown, is getting a special pop-up and it’s on Ossington. Rally Ossington is hosting the entire event for the city. According to Universal Music Canada’s website, The Weeknd is coming on Thursday, November 24th to give away and sign merchandise. That’s right, not only will he be on Ossington, he’s giving away free stuff and autographing it. See what I mean about crowds?

If you want free stuff from The Weeknd

If you want free stuff, be in line in time to get a wristband on Thursday morning at 9am at Rally Ossington, which is located at 12 Ossington Avenue. The signing and giveaway will then take place the same day, November 24th, at 5PM at Rally.

Rally Ossington

Rally is an art gallery/event space at the bottom of Ossington Avenue, just north of Queen. Often host to pop-up shops, Rally had a big one with Kanye this past summer for his Pablo release. Line-ups were crazy then, as we posted on instagram, but Kanye wasn’t even there!

We’ll be sure to post some photos when The Weeknd comes to Ossington. Get ready!

Shopping The Pop-Up

Don’t worry if you can’t make it on Thursday. You won’t be able to meet The Weeknd, but stop by Rally on Friday or Saturday from 10a-7pm and Sunday from 10a-3pm. Merchandise related to the new Starboy album will be on sale while supplies last.

 

 

Ossington Food News This Week

This week brings two new food pop-ups to Ossington. If you’re in the mood for food from a different source on the street, this is your chance!

Tocino Boys Opening at La Porte

Tocino Boys at La Porte

We mentioned that Tocino Boys, the Queen West Filipino pop up, would be moving to La Porte on Ossington soon. Well, now they’ve announced when this new venture will launch at the nightlife spot at 214 Ossington. This Friday, November 11, you can stop into the bar for some of Tocino Boys’ comfort food with a Filipino twist. As far as we can tell, they’ll be serving on weekends during the same hours La Porte is open.

 

 

Reposado’s November Mexican Pop-Upsantopecadologo

Reposado, the popular tequila and jazz bar at 136 Ossington, is giving us the opportunity to try the Mexican menu of caterers Santo Pecado this month. The kitchen takeover starts Wednesday and will be through Sunday all through November. Dishes will include a variety of tacos for meat lovers and vegetarians, along with typical snacks like chips and guac and street corn. For bigger appetites, they’ll also be serving larger plates like pozole.

 

Superpoint Takeout Window Now Open

Superpoint pizza logo

When Superpoint opened at 184 Ossington, they teased a future takeout window. Last week, they promoted the launch of their takeout service on social media. The takeout window is up front, and slices of all different types of pizza, including pepperoni, are $5.

 

Sounds like a couple more very good reasons to eat on Ossington this week, doesn’t it?

MoTo Snack Bar Now Open on Dundas West

themotogoDundas West has a new snack bar. Called MoTo Coffee and Snack Bar, it’s a new business in the space formerly occupied by Porter House and Brockton General at 1321 Dundas West. That Instagram account is their online presence.

There are a lot of restaurants serving snacks around these parts, but MoTo stands out with a menu of predominantly Italian snack food, with many ingredients imported straight from Italy. The chef, Wes Hains, has experience at big name Italian restaurants in the city like Gusto and Piano Piano.

MoTo Snack Bar opened earlier this month, but we just stopped in last night. It wasn’t the best time for them; they were having a private function, so we haven’t tried the food yet. The opportunities to taste Italian snacks are pretty good, however: MoTo is open and serving food every night but Sundays starting at 6pm. In addition, they’ve got Italian wines, craft beers and coffee on offer.

The space looks great. They’ve reconfigured it so the bar is not all the way in the back of the place; it’s alongside the west wall, with some tables and chairs up front, and seating at the bar. This gives the room a more welcoming feel, and the people we met last night added to that welcome.

 

A couple of photos are below. Let us know if you’ve been to MoTo Snack Bar.

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Tocino Boys Will Bring Filipino Flavor to Ossington

Tocino Boys are moving their popular Filipino street food kitchen to La Porte on Ossington.

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About Tocino Boys

Tocino Boys is run by chef John DeBlois, and serves street food with a Filipino twist, including tacos, burgers, poutine, and more. Located out of the kitchen at Midpoint on Queen West for the last couple of years, the move to Ossington is for more space, and a great location! They’ve been lauded with good reviews from Now Toronto and are part of a burgeoning Filipino food scene in Toronto.

About La Porte

La Porte, generally known as one of Ossington’s clubby bars for drinking and dancing, hasn’t served food in the entire 3 years they’ve been in business at 214 Ossington. The addition of this kitchen to their space changes their hours and, probably, their clientele to an extent.

Tocino Boys on Ossington

According to their Facebook post, the kitchen will be open from 6-10PM (days are not specified) and late night from 10pm-2:45am on weekends. Location is 214 Ossington, on the west side of the street near Dundas. No word on when exactly the grand opening will be, but we’ll stop in for some Filipino eats and post about it here.

Ossington and adjacent Dundas West, is a snack food capital of Toronto, and the addition of this well reviewed kitchen to our hood is only making it harder to not eat out every single night.

 

Smoke Signals Barbecue Now Open on Dundas West

smokesignalslogoSmoke Signals Barbecue is now open on Dundas West. The new restaurant opened very quietly on Thursday with a soft opening.  We stopped in to 1242 Dundas Street West last night to enjoy a few sharing plates so we could sample a lot of their meats and sides.

Despite the lack of promotion for their opening aside from one instagram post, the new barbecue restaurant was hopping last night and food was flying out of the kitchen.

The menu covers everything you’d expect in BBQ favorites in mains and side dishes. Hopefully they have a vast supply of everything because methinks this place is going to be popular.

Smoke Signals Barbecue Menu Board

The menu board on the wall at Smoke Signals Barbecue

After their quick test run of the last two nights, Smoke Signals is shutting down for the weekend. They plan to reopen on Wednesday night and should be on regular hours after that.

Here’s a shot of their menu and some of the sharing plates on offer:

Smoke Signals BBQ menu

The Smoke Signals Menu

 

Ossington Village Alleyway Party Photos

The 6th annual Ossington Village Alleyway Party was yesterday and we were blessed with a beautiful sunny day to accompany the wonderful music, food and company in the alley.

The day was filled with friends old and new, food from the generous neighbors, Scrabble and other games, music and dancing. All of the talented performers donated their time and music, and for that we are very grateful! Here are some photos from the day and night:

SetList

The music line-up, which changed slightly

 

Rosey Kain made her first appearance at the Alleyway Party.

Rosey Kain made her first appearance at the Alleyway Party

 

Maracatu Mar Alberto: The drummers paraded down the alleyway to the stage

Maracatu Mar Alberto: The drummers paraded down the alleyway to the stage

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OSSFEST Recap and Photos

The first ever OSSFEST was a long and busy day of cycling, music, food, shopping and dancing. Ossington street was shut down for an unforgettable – and blazing hot – day. Thanks to the Ossington BIA for putting on such a fun – and very complicated – event! We have a recap and some photos, but for more photos from the day and night, go to our Facebook page here.

OSSFEST: The Ossington Crit

The day started with cycling and kids ages 5-15 riding their bikes along the Ossington Crit route, later to be populated with semi-pro athletes racing through the heat for long stretches (90 minutes in 35 degrees!).

OssCrit Kids Race

Ossington Crit Kids race

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