Fast-gentrifying Ossington Avenue has become so trendy that city councillors want to implement new rules to restrict the size of restaurants and patios on the strip.
The proposal, approved unanimously Tuesday by the Toronto and East York community council, says new bars, cafes, restaurants, bakeries and takeout places cannot exceed 175 square metres (under 2,000 square feet). They also won’t be allowed to set up shop on the second floor.
Tighter rules will also apply to patios, including an 11 p.m. closing time, and no patios will be allowed on rooftops or in the back.
Though existing restaurants that exceed those limits will be allowed to continue operating, the decision left area business owners fuming.
City council still must give final approval to implement the new rules.
“I’m so angry. It affects our livelihood. It affects our ability to run a business,” said Nicolette Potter, who co-owns the Painted Lady restaurant.
Her partner, Sam Papatragiannis, said he understands the fearfulness, but worries that the measures go too far. “It’s going to say to other people: Don’t relocate here,” he said.
“We don’t want (Ossington) to be Clubland. We love the area. We want to build the culture here,” he said. “We own our building. We live upstairs.”
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