January in Toronto is usually a month of hibernating. But Toronto restaurants want you to dine out, and Ossington Village restaurants are offering a variety of reasons to eat out and enjoy this January. Here’s a rundown of upcoming Ossington restaurant events.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
Another 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.
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:
The note posted on the side door of the Ossington Dispensary
Lululemon 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.
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.
Finally, 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.