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  1. CityPainter

    Corktown

    Does anyone have insight into what's happening at the old Kingsbrae Restaurant on King East near Sumach? It's been shut for about a decade so far as I can remember. Is someone actually resuscitating it as a restaurant, or is this is for a film shoot or condo sales office or something...
  2. CityPainter

    St Lawrence Market

    Earlier this week there was another wave of break-ins/window smashing in the area. Most affected are all the food businesses along Princess Street at Esplanade: Cluck Cluck's Chicken, Sharwarma House and Moegi Sushi were all hit, only a few weeks after finally getting their doors replaced from...
  3. CityPainter

    St Lawrence Market

    Nice, north or south side? I will walk by later and take a look. July seems a strange time to plant trees, I hope they have an aggressive watering schedule planned to keep them alive through the summer.
  4. CityPainter

    St Lawrence Market

    More window smashing? Or just an accident? The newest incarnation of the café at Berkeley and Esplanade had their left door smashed during the initial wave of smash-and-grabs, now it seems to be the right door. This after they installed some (attractive and discreet) bars behind the glass.
  5. CityPainter

    St Lawrence Market

    That particular stall has changed hands perhaps more than any other over the past decade. At least three full new sets of staff, by my memory. Before the pandemic there were extensive plans for a complete renovation of the lower level, including opening up the west side to Market Street. This...
  6. CityPainter

    St Lawrence Market

    Yes, this renovation surprised me too, for the same reason. But they're definitely doing reno work inside the space. This also made me realize how few Starbucks there are in the area now, with the closings of the ones next to the South Market and the one at King and Sherbourne. I support the...
  7. CityPainter

    Toronto | First Parliament Site | ?m | ?s

    They're definitely not wasting any time on this. They start building hoarding around the former Staples/Porsche block today as well.
  8. CityPainter

    St Lawrence Market

    That's reassuring. It's a neat little space with permanent tables out front under some shady trees in the summer, the seniors in the neighbourhood used to spend a lot of time chatting there and drinking 50 cent coffee refills. So it would be nice if something similar filled the space again...
  9. CityPainter

    St Lawrence Market

    Something new is coming soon to 262 The Esplanade in Berkeley Castle. This is the former home of Mom's & Pop's coffee shop/cafeteria. I can't find building permits or anything else online, the logo looks like a stylized B or P or R with steam or smoke coming off the top... could be a coffee...
  10. CityPainter

    St Lawrence Market

    I find it really depends on what you're buying and from what vendor. We mostly stopped going to the Saturday farmer's market because so many of the stalls seemed to be operating on the assumption that city slickers are stupid enough to pay anything for half-rotted food terminal produce. In the...
  11. CityPainter

    St Lawrence Market

    Before the pandemic, Friday evenings between about 6 and 7pm used to be our regular market visit time. Everything was fully stocked and pristine and ready to go for the Saturday mobs, but the place would be pretty much empty. My wife and I could divide and conquer and half half a dozen stalls in...
  12. CityPainter

    St Lawrence Market

    Thanks for this update. The timing on this was terrible, after such a long struggle to get the hours finally increased. In the short term, if they could just extend the weekday closing hour a tiny bit, say from 5pm to 6pm, that would make a huge difference for locals. I am fortunate to work from...
  13. CityPainter

    Toronto | Time and Space Condos | 101.8m | 29s | Pemberton | Wallman Architects

    I live across the street and there's no doubt this thing is a beast. It's huge. The white cladding helps a bit, to make it look less like a battleship, but I don't think it will be winning any design awards. My fingers are crossed that the wider sidewalks will be one improvement; it will be...
  14. CityPainter

    Toronto | The Whitfield | 130m | 39s | Menkes | Giannone Petricone

    When I have a rare car rental I prefer to visit the one at Richmond and Parliament, which is much easier to access after exiting the DVP. This Front/Sherbourne station was often hazardous to turn into and out of, especially when you are also keeping an eye out for bikes the bike lane. As a...

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