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Monday, June 15, 2009

Summertime, and the livin is easy!

Yorkville isn't the only place to see and be seen on a patio. Danforth East can (should) proudly say that this summer is the summer of the patio, with quite a few new additions to the sidewalk space between Greenwood and Woodbine.

Firstly, I happened to walk by the Bus Terminal restaurant on the weekend and actually stopped to stare at a sight previously unseen (by me, anyway). The outside space attached to the restaurant was setup as a patio and it was absolutely packed! There wasn't a table to be had on that patio around noon on Saturday with brunchers happily munching away on eggs benny and the requisite chicken souvlaki. I don't remember seeing this last summer (correct me if I'm wrong). The restaurant recently changed owners and I think this was a wise decision by the new proprietors.

Patios at Small World Cafe, Melanie's and Blue Nile are all enticing new additions, however, my favourite new patio is the one at Taps & Tales (at Linsmore). Along with a dynamic beer selection, the people watching here is the most interesting. Highschool hoodlums playing hookie, elderly Italians heading for fresh canoli at North Pole Bakery, the Ethiopian contingent and new mom's with babes and puppies strolling along on their way to Jerry's. Whoever said this neighbourhood isn't colourful?

1 comment:

  1. Does anyone know if they've recently made it easier to open patios? It seems like it used to be a big ordeal, and now they're popping up all over the place. I'm not complaining, just wondering.