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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 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.

2016 In Review: Openings and Closings in Ossington Village

2016 is almost over, and we look back at all the new businesses we welcomed to the neighbourhood this year, and the ones that closed. Here is our 2016 in Review of the changes in Ossington Village this past year.


Ufficio Restaurant opened January 2016

At the very start of the new year, we welcomed new Italian fish focused restaurant Ufficio. Still serving dinner most nights, Ufficio is located at 1234 Dundas West.


Bridge + Bardot closed January 2016

Women’s fashion boutique Bridge + Bardot was open on Dundas West for 3 1/2 years. The shop closed in January to focus on their online store, which is still operating.


Rock Lobster Closed, Baby Huey Moved Into the Space, March 2016

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Argyle Street Grill Coming to Dundas and Ossington

A liquor license application was just posted at 1161 Dundas Street West for The Argyle Street Grill.  This address just west of Ossington was formerly home to the Cooper Cole art gallery followed by a series of pop-ups after the gallery moved to Dupont.

Online research finds an Argyle Street Grill in Caledonia which has been popularized on Food Network TV show You Gotta Eat Here! No word on if they’re opening a Toronto location, but that’s probably not the case. More likely is it is being named after nearby Argyle Street.

The front windows are covered by drapes, so we can’t see inside. Serious renovations will need to be done before opening, however. The art gallery did not have a kitchen, for one thing. We’ll keep you posted as we learn more about this upcoming new Dundas West business.

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Ride Cycle Club Coming to Ossington

ride cycle club logoRide Cycle Club, another Vancouver chain, is coming to Ossington.

Vancouver Chains Currently on Ossington

Ossington has become almost a Vancouver east, with all the chain stores that have opened on the street recently:

About Ride Cycle Club

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Ossington Dispensary is Closed

Ossington Dispensary ClosedAnother pot dispensary in the neighborhood appears to have bitten the dust. This week, Ossington Dispensary shut down for good. One of the first dispensaries in the area, it opened last April at 198 Ossington, but now Ossington Dispensary is closed.

The “closed” sign has been on the door all week long, and the business’ instagram account hasn’t been active in 2 weeks. Confirmation on the closure comes from Reddit, however.

According to employees of the dispensary writing on Reddit, the landlord was pressured by police and eventually had to shut the business down. They cannot stay in that location, but provided contact information so as to keep customers informed of their next steps.

It’s been a crazy year for the dispensary business. Ossington Village has had a number of openings and closings since April, and Canna Clinic appears to be the last one standing.


UPDATE:

A friendly reader sent us a photo of the sign posted on the side door of Ossington Dispensary. they really appreciated the great neighbors and customers and explained that with the government not properly addressing the regulations, it became untenable to remain in the business. The photo is a little blurry but you can get the sentiment:

 

Ossington Dispensary note

The note posted on the side door of the Ossington Dispensary

 

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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Make New Year’s Eve Plans In Ossington Village

New Year’s Eve is the biggest party night of the year, and Ossington Village is a great place to celebrate it! It’s a few weeks away: we have a rundown of the events that are already planned. A lot of venues haven’t released their schedules yet, so we’ll update here, and in our calendar.


catl nyeThe Dakota Tavern, catl New Year’s Eve, 10PM

Toronto blues-rock band catl is back for another rocking New Year’s show at The Dakota Tavern. Two sets by catl, plus Eamon McGrath and DJs will have you dancing through the countdown. Buy your tickets now for $20 and you’ll be assured a good night of music and fun at one of Toronto’s best music venues.


The Garrison, Chronologic New Year’s Eve, 9:30PM

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Where To Watch the MLS Cup in Ossington Village

mls cup logoFinally, a Toronto team makes the championships of something! And where are you going to watch the MLS cup, featuring our very own Toronto FC, this Saturday? Well, if you’re not going to the game at BMO Field (tickets sold out super fast), there are quite a few Ossington Village bars who would love to have your company.

 

MLS Cup Game Details

Toronto FC plays their first ever championship game against the Seattle Sounders this Saturday at 8PM in Toronto.

Where to Watch

Wherever you do go to watch the game, make sure you arrive early for a seat. This is the first time Toronto – any Canadian team – has made it to the MLS Finals, so the whole city should want to watch this game.


The Contender MLS Cup OssingtonThe Contender

As the biggest sports bar in the neighborhood, The Contender, located at 1166 Dundas West, will have a lot of room for the game. That doesn’t mean it won’t fill up, however. We’ve been there for some pretty crowded Raptors games! Go there for a big space, draft beer, games and competitions and a sports bar menu.


MLS at LAS OssingtonLAS

Located at 229 Ossington, LAS serves a variety of sausages and craft beers with their sports.


The Dock Ellis

The Dundas West sports bar isn’t just for baseball or basketball or football – The Dock Ellis also follows soccer. Enjoy some Ontario craft beer, a burger or even a salad with your soccer cheering.


Opera Bob’s

A great place to watch English soccer, Opera Bob’s will likely have a big screen on and a lot of footie experts out for Toronto’s first chance at winning a championship in ages.

Barber & Co Now Open on Ossington

Barber Ossington exteriorBarber & Co has been renovating the space at 89 Ossington for the last month and is now open and ready to groom! The renovations are not 100% complete, but they are taking appointments and serving men’s hair needs, with high quality cocktails to go along.

About Barber & Co

Barber & Co is a Canadian business, like many on Ossington, originally from Vancouver.  You’ll learn that the concept is bigger than a barber shop.

  • For one, each Barber & Co location (there are 6:  5 in Vancouver, plus this new one) offers  enough amenities to make men want to spend time there aside from just getting a hair cut and/or shave. For example, drinks and/or games, so men will go with a friend and stay and hang out after their service.
  • On top of that, they make a lot of their own products, after careful testing, which they use in-house and sell from the shop. These products cover men’s heads, beards and moustaches.
  • In one of the Vancouver locations, they offer workshops and more comprehensive barbering training

Barber & Co Ossington

Barber Ossington is located on the east side of Ossington, south of Crywolf and north of the alleyway next to House of Horvath, The Ossington location is inspired by the art studio it replaced, so the decor includes paint spatters to mimic that vibe. At this time, you can already book appointments and buy product. The team also plans to implement a high-end cocktail bar, bringing in mixologists from around the city to make some killer drinks for pre- or post- haircut.

Ossington is bringing more and more men to the strip, with new additions of clothing stores like Reigning Champ and Peace Collective, and a men’s grooming salon – with drinks –  seems to be a suitable complement. The owners are back and forth between here and Vancouver to get the place up and running and happy to welcome clients.

Below are a few of our photos of the space, but feel free to check it out for yourself!

 

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