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The Real Jerk wins temporary injunction to stay put

Posted by Derek Flack / February 1, 2012

Real Jerk TorontoThe Real Jerk will get to stay at the southeast corner of Queen and Broadview, for a little longer anyway. After being given a paltry 31 days to vacate the space they've occupied for over 20 years, owner Edward Pottinger and his wife filed for a temporary injunction to remain at their current location until they can find a suitable alternative.

The restaurant confirmed earlier today via Twitter that it had won the case. Although not all the details have become available, it would appear that the victory means the Real Jerk will remain where it is for another year.

Update (12:00 p.m.):

Ed Pottinger has told the Globe and Mail that he is already scouting another location for his Queen east fixture. Although a reprieve was granted, there will be a steep increase of rent in the upcoming months if the restaurant doesn't find a new home.

Entrepreneurs Rick Aulier and Scott Brockington are gunning to open an Irish pub in the space at a rate of $12,000 a month, a $5,700 hike from the rent Pottinger has been paying. Although the restaurant has the right to stay for a year, if it doesn't relocate by March 1, 2012, Pottinger will be required to make up the rent that Aulier and Brockington would pay.

Despite this potential increase, he remains upbeat with the news. "This is what I always wanted. I just wanted a little more time to relocate and I now have that. Whatever happens from now on, I'm going to be looking for a new place to relocate the Jerk, hopefully in the neighbourhood," he told CTV news on Wednesday evening.

Update by Roxanne Hathway-Baxter



Gord / February 1, 2012 at 07:24 pm
Sucks to be the Irish Pub waiting to move in and opening on March 17th. Maybe they could do a mash-up.
Ajay / February 1, 2012 at 07:28 pm
Screw the stupid Irish pub! Are there not enough of them around already? Geez...
Bill / February 1, 2012 at 07:31 pm
So much for property rights in Canada. The building owners should 'occupy' this judge's home. Obviously the judge doesn't believe in property rights.
Garfield eubanks / February 1, 2012 at 07:35 pm
Shut ya rassclat bwoy
Mark replying to a comment from Garfield eubanks / February 1, 2012 at 07:36 pm
Want to try that again in english this time?
JonO replying to a comment from Bill / February 1, 2012 at 07:46 pm
For real, Bill? Do property rights permit the new landlord to break the existing contract? Apparently, there was an annual contract in place that is set to expire at the end of the year. The same contract requires 6 months notice. If this is true, then this is a good lesson in the importance of a proper due diligence.
v79 / February 1, 2012 at 07:47 pm
Well, they both have a case here, but seeing as the new building owner tried to do it as sneakily as possible (what prevented them and the previous owner from informing the restaurant of their intentions when they first went into negotiations?), it's good that they bought a bit more time. If residential tenants need at least two months to move, how can an entire business be required to move with any less time out of the blue, especially when it's no fault of their own? No way they should wait an entire year though. The pub will already lose out on it's initial intended sales, and it's of no fault of the pub owner, so RJ should move out ASAP once they find a new spot.
Greg / February 1, 2012 at 07:56 pm
Irish Pub? Really. Like that corner needs an Irish Pub.
Robb / February 1, 2012 at 08:01 pm
Definitely see both sides. But honestly, has anyone been there in the past couple years? I'd have more emotional connection if I wasn't horrified by my last experience.

The food was cold, tasted like leftovers, and the staff admitted they MICROWAVED the food and offered to put it back in for us. Real Jerks.
Aaron / February 1, 2012 at 08:40 pm
yeah really.. faux Irish pub #472. Soon, our only choice will be between douchebag bars and faux Irish pubs. And furniture stores.
nippleholic replying to a comment from Robb / February 1, 2012 at 08:51 pm
I've lived within a 10 minute walk of the Real Jerk my entire life and have never eaten there because I knew they were doing stuff like that.

I usually went Woodgreen (which is now a Sushi place) for much better food at much better value:
Aaron replying to a comment from Gord / February 1, 2012 at 08:54 pm
As someone who has dealt with AGCO liquor fascists for many years, there's no possible way that a pub would be able to open by March 17. Maybe March 17, 2013.
nosir / February 1, 2012 at 10:00 pm
F the building owner.
A month's notice is bullshit.
McRib / February 1, 2012 at 10:32 pm
Pubs in Ireland are great.

"Irish" pubs in Toronto are not. They're just fucking pubs.
Fat Boy / February 1, 2012 at 11:06 pm
When I go there, I pork out big time and tip well. Food is always delish.

Don't know why you haters hate.

oldwhitey / February 2, 2012 at 08:16 am
I think a new location is the answer,as the current one looks quite old and worn out.There has also been 2 conditional passes from dine safe in the past number of months. I hope they are able to stay in the neighbourhood, as it's obvious they have a ton of support there.Good Luck to them. Small businesses keep the area unique and vibrant.
PGH / February 2, 2012 at 09:20 am
Prohibition is the bar of choice in the neighborhood.

$2.50 Jager shots all day, every day.
And multiple happy hours.

Matt / February 2, 2012 at 10:40 am
Nice to see Santa Clause rallying to their side
matt2 / February 10, 2012 at 08:22 pm
Here's the legal decision on the interim order.

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