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  1. CityPainter

    St Lawrence Market

    It took a while, but according to their Instagram Bar Ardo will open this coming Friday, March 1. Should inject some much-need life into that strip.
  2. CityPainter

    St Lawrence Market

    Yikes, that's the former Hiro Sushi, correct? I've always been slightly alarmed that the building looks quite crooked, I wonder if that's the cause. If you look in in this streetview image you can see the leftmost second floor window above the red facade slumps dramatically downward on the left...
  3. CityPainter

    Moss Park / Queen & Sherbourne

    Yes, it seems I might have cursed them. They were always quite busy so this came as something of a surprise. Funny, a year or two back we had three Italian restaurants -- Fusaro's, Motorino and Mangi Bevi -- all within a few blocks, now they are all closed, for varying reasons. It's tough out...
  4. CityPainter

    St Lawrence Market

    Adelaide and Power is a scary racetrack and I've only made the mistake of walking that way once or twice, and now I avoid it. As of last time I passed by there was not even a painted crosswalk. Considering the large condominium developments in the area, I think it's reasonable to provide...
  5. CityPainter

    St Lawrence Market

    I think you are correct about the former La Macquette. The building could be very nice but only if someone with deep pockets makes some major investment. But I think you're premature on calling Bar Ardo DOA. One of the founders was posting about the ongoing progress on the space two weeks ago...
  6. CityPainter

    St Lawrence Market

    My wife and I have visited probably dozens of markets around Europe, particularly in Spain, Portugal and Greece. There's definitely a wide range. Some are clear tourist traps, usually architecturally pretty but essentially now just souvenir shops, with few locals shopping and English signage on...
  7. CityPainter

    Toronto Toronto | St Lawrence Condos at 158 Front | 91.44m | 26s | Cityzen | a—A

    Unfortunately, it's worth repeating. What's with all that exposed ductwork behind the upper half of the windows? It's very strange, are there other building like that in Toronto, or is this just some special experiment unique to this building? Also, while I'm glad to see businesses moving into...
  8. CityPainter

    St Lawrence Market

    I'll need some bigger brushes :D
  9. CityPainter

    St Lawrence Market

    The window smashings have been greatly reduced, thankfully. But I noticed some people had been camping out in the sculpture garden before the weather turned very cold, including under the balcony of the former La Maquette space. That's not ideal obviously and might have raised some concerns. It...
  10. CityPainter

    St Lawrence Market

    Today I noticed crews installing wooden hoarding along both sides of the former La Maquette building, next to the sculpture garden. There are no building permits in the city database for this address yet: is this the start of a renovation for a new tenant, or the start of a long stint as an...
  11. CityPainter

    Corktown

    This Mercury soft-opened right around Christmas, and then opened properly in the new year. What a nice surprise that was. Mercury has always been a favourite place to go when further east. This one is a very small little spot, not much seating and no proper tables -- I think it's mostly for take...
  12. CityPainter

    St Lawrence Market

    Both the revamped Biffs/Sammarco and The Joneses will be side-by-side, so it's possible they will share kitchen or other facilities. Makes a lot of financial sense, I guess. I quite like the Landwer location at Yonge & Bloor after a few visits, and it's a large restaurant by downtown Toronto...
  13. CityPainter

    St Lawrence Market

    Le Papillon on Front has officially closed, posting a message on their website thanking visitors after 50 years in multiple locations. The O & B Canteen at Yonge & Front has also closed permanently. Biff's Bistro next door is undergoing renovations and apparently moving into the former O & B...
  14. CityPainter

    Moss Park / Queen & Sherbourne

    Shame. We used to go there regularly 5 or 6 years ago, but it became somewhat inconsistent and we fell out of the habit. I think they did a lot of weekday lunch business that might have dropped post-pandemic with work-from-home persisting for many people. Competition from Motorino Citta around...
  15. CityPainter

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

    No, sorry if I gave that impression, I'm just projecting my hope. I notice the same brokerage (https://thebehargroup.com/) is managing the retail in this building and 158 Front St. on the northwest corner of Front and Sherbourne. They did land a Cob's bakery there, so maybe there's some hope.
  16. CityPainter

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

    That meh courtyard is a disappointment, but not unexpected. I'm pretty sure those trees all died before they went dormant for the winter. The leaves on the trees along Princess turned red and fell off. The leaves on the trees in the courtyard turned crispy brown and stuck there. Spring will...
  17. CityPainter

    St Lawrence Market

    Been watching this progress, they've done a really good job on the facade, especially compared to that previous awful flagstone hack job. Do we know if this is still the same bar/business running under a new branding, or a totally different business?
  18. CityPainter

    Distillery District

    You're right. I see that once I go into the ticket purchase page, but it's not clearly mentioned on the front page. Thanks for clarifying.
  19. CityPainter

    Distillery District

    Interesting, they used to just have tickets on the weekends to control crowding, but now it seems like it will be ticketed every day. And I notice it's now 7 days a week, so we don't even get a reprieve on Mondays. But the tickets are all timed, to spread out visitors, so maybe the event will be...
  20. CityPainter

    Corktown

    A bit of sad news for regulars at Tandem Coffee on King East in Corktown, as the owners have sold the business and are moving on after nearly 10 years behind the counter. Their last day of operation will be this Sat Oct 28 if you want to say your goodbyes.

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