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Some Of Toronto’s Most Iconic Restaurants Have Already Decided To Close For Good

The restaurants are losing too much business.
Toronto Staff Writer
 Toronto Restaurants Are Permanently Shutting Their Doors

It's been almost a month since Ontario declared a state of emergency and it's caused some trouble for Toronto restaurants. While some of Toronto's more popular food joints have switched to online delivery to make ends meet, other locations haven't been so lucky. Over the past few weeks, multiple restaurants have been forced to close their doors across the city. 

The Westerly Kitchen and Bar, a beloved Parkdale restaurant, announced on March 27 that it would be closing its doors after being unable to cope with the financial strain caused by the COVID-19 outbreak.

"Unfortunately, the Westerly is unable to carry on any longer," owner Doug Thompson wrote in on a notice posted on the establishment's door.

"The stress and uncertainty due to the Coronavirus COVID-19 has been overwhelming in so many ways. The financial resources to hang in and stay closed indefinitely until we can reopen are not available."

However, this isn't the only beloved restaurant that has made this announcement.

More recently, Vesuvio Pizzeria and Spaghetti House, which first opened in Toronto 63 years ago, closed its doors, citing the strain of COVID-19. Its last day of operation will be on April 19. 

"The decision to close was a difficult one, but like many restaurants, our business has been affected by the COVID-19 crisis," stated their Facebook page.

"We at Vesuvio have proudly served our valued customers and the community for over 63 years, but the time has come to say farewell."

Marché Mövenpick has also announced the closure of both of its Toronto financial district locations. 

Hawthorne Food and Drink, a popular eatery located close to Massey Hall, announced on March 20 that it would be closing its doors for good at the end of the month.

"In an abundance of caution due to the COVID-19 outbreak, we moved forward our closing date from March 31, effectively ending our commercial operations on March 16," read a post on the restaurant's Facebook page.

Restaurants Canada estimated on April 2 that the pandemic had cost a whopping 800,000 jobs across the country, with more than 300,000 of those positions being in Ontario.

Ontario Premier Doug Ford also weighed in on the virus's devastating effect on the province's restaurant business.

"My heart breaks for these restaurant owners. A lot of them are small, family-run companies. One in 10 may not reopen, and I imagine it would probably be higher than one in 10," Ford said according to The Toronto Star.

    Patrick John Gilson
    Toronto Staff Writer
    Patrick John Gilson is a Staff Writer for Narcity Canada’s Ontario Desk focused on Ontario gas prices and is based in Toronto, Ontario.
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