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Guvernment Nightclub to enter deadpool after 17 years

Posted by Aubrey Jax / May 1, 2014

Guvernment Nightclub ClosingThe Guvernment and Koolhaus announced today that they're shutting down for good, just when we thought it was safe to bask in a little optimism. If you smell condos, we do too. The venues' sound might have been muffled (check the debate over on our best Toronto live music venues post) but having opened its doors in 1996 after the closing of RPM, the complex was a crucial part of Toronto's early electronic scene and also Canada's largest and longest-running club.

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Condo pressure claims Fly Nightclub

Posted by Derek Flack / April 30, 2014

Fly Nightclub TorontoFly Nightclub is set to shut down after one last hurrah for World Pride. The lease on the 15 year old establishment is up at the end of June, and as Extra! reports the landlord is looking for a major rent increase that owner Keir MacRae has balked at. Condo pressure is the ultimate culprit, with a new development slated to rise on the site near Yonge and Gloucester.

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Grand & Toy to close its remaining stores

Posted by Derek Flack / April 25, 2014

Grand and Toy TorontoGrand & Toy, once the go-to place for office supplies in Toronto, will shut down its remaining stores over the next few months in response to weak retail sales. The brand will, however, remain in place for online sales, which comprise the vast majority of its revenue today. Founded back in 1882 with its first stores at Bay and Adelaide in 1926, the demise of the bricks and mortar locations doesn't come as much of a surprise given the rise of box-style office supply stores.

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The Guild dives into the deadpool after one year

Posted by Liora Ipsum / March 26, 2014

The Guild Toronto ClosedThe Guild on Dundas West has gone belly up just a year after opening. The brunch spot gained early momentum for its decadent and boozy menu that boasted specialties like foie gras stuffed French toast and champagne cocktails. The business quietly stopped service last month amidst the lull of the winter season and has now been put up for sale with the hopes of keeping the concept intact.

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Magic Pony bids farewell to Queen Street

Posted by Aubrey Jax / February 24, 2014

Magic Pony West Queen WestMagic Pony has closed the doors of their West Queen West shop in a move that's taken Toronto's art community off guard. The vibrant, downright magical shop was the first designer toy store ever to open in Canada, and has been a creative hub on the street for the past 10 years. Citing changing times, Magic Pony is "looking forward to new adventures in the next dimension," which will hopefully include a new shop on the horizon, though no location has been announced as of yet.

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Scarpetta makes way for The Chase at Thompson Hotel

Posted by Derek Flack / February 13, 2014

Chase Thompson HotelScarpetta is headed for the deadpool. In a press release sent out this morning, The Chase has announced that it'll be taking over the Italian restaurant's space at the Thompson Hotel sometime this spring. One will recall that Scarpetta Chef Scott Conant rode into Toronto on wave of controversy after publishing an open letter to the city that was alternately perceived to be condescending and a carefully orchestrated PR move. There are so many factors that come into play when a restaurant goes bust, but perhaps Toronto never really warmed up to the star chef?

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