Over the past month you may have noticed dozens of curb lane patios popping up all across Toronto as part of the CaféTO program, which aims to provide more outdoor dining areas to help some restaurants and bars create physical distancing for patrons on patios during the summer months. I wanted to take this opportunity to support and promote our local BIAs and their business that are participating in this program, in hopes that many of you will go out and enjoy the summer weather on one (or several!) of the patios that have been created. Ultimately, I would like to see CafeTO evolve into something like this example on Mount Pleasant Road. Supporting the success of our small businesses while creating a vibrant patio life with sturdy and really beautiful planter boxes. If you are interested in reading more about the CaféTO program you can do that at this link and you can see a map of all the installations across the City at this link.
The Eglinton Way BIA invites you to enjoy the summer sun on their patios and four parklettes! Grab a sandwich, an ice cream or stop by for pizza or beer, they have it all. Join them on Sundays for their annual Farmers Market event featuring local farmers and Eglinton Way members as well. You can find more information about their patio locations at this link.
The restaurants and cafés of the Midtown Yonge BIA have fully embraced the City’s CaféTO initiative. They invite everyone to visit the area not only for the great food, but also to support the fantastic retail shops and personal services. There are 15 locations with new patios – restaurants, coffee shops, delis, etc. You can get more info and stay in the loop with all the businesses in the BIA on their Facebook page at this link.
Mt. Pleasant Village BIA has also been supported by curb lane closures for 11 restaurants along their strip. Some of them have given us a glimpse of what the CaféTO program could evolve into by adding sturdy and beautiful planter boxes to beautify the space while creating a vibrant patio life as shown in the photo above. You can see more information on their businesses on their Facebook page at this link.
You can enjoy some excellent food and drinks at the new sidewalk and boulevard cafés in the Oakwood Village BIA area. There are currently five open patios and a public seating area just north of Rogers Road. You can see information on businesses in their area at this link.
The Hillcrest Village BIA on St. Clair Avenue West has already seen some very successful curb lane patios on both sides of the street between Arlington Avenue and Atlas Avenue. You can follow happenings in the area and see which locations have new patios on their Facebook page at this link.
The Yonge + St Clair BIA has already shared some patio updates last month, but now they have added six new curb lane patios and nine new parklettes! You can see more location-specific information at the link here.
The Forest Hill Village BIA was one of the first ones in the city to get its patios set up and they invite you to enjoy some Al Fresco Dining in the Village. They will also have some live solo acoustic musicians over the course of the summer on Friday and Saturday evenings during dinner service. You can see more detail about this and upcoming patio openings at the link here.
If you are interested in supporting any of the other local businesses and BIAs, you can find a map of the BIAs in our ward at this link, along with contact information.