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Red Rocket (Logan)

Posted by Robyn Urback / Posted on February 10, 2012

Red Rocket CafeRocket Rocket (Logan) represents the cafe team's triumphant, albeit, somewhat impromptu return to Leslieville.

Just a few weeks after opening a brand new location on the Danforth, Red Rocket is back in Leslieville and just north of its previous Queen East home. When I spoke to Pam and Liako on the inaugural day of Red Rocket Danforth, they mentioned nothing of opening another spot in Leslieville — nevermind opening one so soon. They were dismayed, of course, to leave a community with which they had been so well-connected for the past five years, but they were optimistic that they could build a new following in their new neighbourhood.

Red Rocket CafeThough sometime in between that conversation and now, Red Rocket was approach by Chris from The T-Shirt Guys , who was looking to rent out his adjacent cafe space. "We've known Chris for a number of years so we knew this is someone we could trust and do business with," Liako tells me in an email. "The opportunity was solid and the timing, of all things, actually felt right."

Red Rocket CafeI can't possibly imagine how opening two new cafes and closing one down (plus keeping another alive and well) speaks to good timing, but I can see how Pam and Liako would be keen to get back to Leslieville. And it seems as though Leslieville is more than happy to have them, though residents are just starting to discover Red Rocket Logan.

Red Rocket CafeThe new cafe is obviously in a much quieter spot, a bit away from the hustle and bustle and — most noticably — from the streetcar tracks (from which Red Rocket originally got its name). In any case, I think I prefer this location to all the others, even the original Queen East spot. Sharing a space with Kate Hardy Flowers, the cafe is bright and airy and, of course, brimming with fresh flowers. It has a bit of a country vintage feel, while still sporting that signature Red Rocket red. Almost everyone working there, including (oddly) Kate Hardy herself, has pulled espresso at Red Rocket at one time or another, so the space really offers that "family" atmosphere.

Red Rocket CafeThe menu is the same, the coffee is Reunion Island as always, and my Americano gives me the full-bodied flavour I've come to expect from Red Rocket. The difference here, manager John tells me, is that the space is more conducive to live music and events — something he hopes to bring to Red Rocket Logan on a regular basis.

Red Rocket Cafe"Our hearts have always been in Leslieville," he tells me, diverging from the talk of live events. "Obviously, this came much earlier than expected, but we all sort of just banded together, and we're happy to be back."

Red Rocket Cafe TorontoRed Rocket CafeRed Rocket CafeRed Rocket CafeRed Rocket (Logan) is open Monday to Saturday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.



Syncros / February 10, 2012 at 03:03 pm
Love that tin roof! Sitting inside a flower shop should smell lovely.
valerieinto / February 10, 2012 at 03:24 pm
This is bizarre - I had no idea this review was up when I stopped by there today after doing a recording session in the same building. It does indeed smell nice (though doesn't drive you nuts), the coffee is really good, the butter tarts are crazy-excellent and the people are very friendly. It's a great vibe. I'm an Annex-er, so I hadn't had much chance to try Red Rocket, but if I lived/worked around there regularly, I'd definitely be back.
Rico / February 10, 2012 at 03:26 pm
Welcome back. Well done.
piero / February 10, 2012 at 04:11 pm
Good call by the T-Shirt guys because the Plan B cafe space Red Rocket took over is an awesome space that was under managed. Bringing in a brand with community recognition and experienced management + a few new condos set to open should give that cafe space a decent chance to succeed.
cathie / February 10, 2012 at 07:01 pm
Isn't 8:00 a.m. a little late for a coffe shop to be opening, especialy during the week? Either way, it looks like a nice spot, good luck to them.
cathie / February 10, 2012 at 07:49 pm
(sorry, I have no idea why "a.m."; was highlighted.)
Jordan replying to a comment from cathie / February 10, 2012 at 09:04 pm
What time do you get up?!
Alanna / February 11, 2012 at 11:16 am
I'm working here mon-fri and couldn't be happier with the newest opening of Red Rocket. The owners are lovely, the food is amazing and it's feels great to be back on the team again - I worked at the original spot years ago.
Sharing the space with Kate Hardy Flowers is such an amazing collaboration!
Mark / February 11, 2012 at 11:57 am
Good news for the neighbourhood. So many developments over the past year or two alone!


Sheila / February 11, 2012 at 03:41 pm
Haha. Alas we are neighbours yet again. So glad to have you so close to the yoga studio again. Feels like home!
David R. / February 14, 2012 at 01:00 pm
I love the atmosphere in this place. The bruschetta wraps are to die for and the service is great. I have only one complaint and that is the loud punk rock/hardcore music that is sometimes played; it really doesn't seem to suit the lovely spot. That being said, it's not always this way. All in all, it's a must-visit! : )
Todd / February 18, 2012 at 08:55 am
I live one block from the Logan location and had no idea. I can't imagine a quieter opening.
Leslie / March 7, 2012 at 01:24 am
i love this shop! i come in almost every morning and the staff are so friendly and put a smile on my face on my way to work when im grumpy! my only concern is that one of the staff members wears pants far too small for him and his butt is literally hanging out everytime i see him there... gross! i lose my appetite in a second. other than that, there banana bread is amazing
Jonny replying to a comment from Leslie / March 10, 2012 at 02:01 pm
I'll get you Leslie! I've lost weight! Pants are expensive, and I've had one customer say it actually increased his appetite; he's looking at me know.

Jonny replying to a comment from Jonny / March 10, 2012 at 02:01 pm
Or now even... yeah, that's the word.
Natasha replying to a comment from Jonny / March 24, 2012 at 08:52 pm
The only bad thing about the new Danforth location is the lack of that butt.
Jonny / March 26, 2012 at 02:24 pm
It won't quit!
Michelle / May 16, 2012 at 02:43 pm
the red rocket cafe is just great. on the weekend i got a chai late with caramel on the top and it was so good! the staff seem happy all the time, the food is amazing and the prices are not so bad, but the past few times ive come in the flower girl and her father from the teeshirt store are arguing swearing, and speaking loudly about inappropriate things, including the red rocket cafe!! i feel this is inappropriate and not a good environment for my children. maybe i will try a new location
Billy Dertilis replying to a comment from Michelle / June 11, 2012 at 01:48 pm
Hello Michelle,

My name is Billy, I am one of the owners of Red Rocket Coffee, and I have just came across your comment from last month. I would very much like to speak to you in person to further understand your experience, in order to take steps to make sure no one else has to. Perhaps you can send me a quick email: info@redrocketcoffee.com.

Thank you!
Kim / September 3, 2012 at 06:37 pm
Congradulatios Kate & Chris Jolly for
Purchasing the business and running it directly.
The difference is already noticible!
Natalie / March 19, 2013 at 03:40 pm
No longer operating as Red Rocket Coffee. Visit the Danforth and Wellesley locations

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