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The Only Cafe to open in-house brewery

Posted by Chris Bateman / February 26, 2013

Only Cafe BreweryThe Danforth could be about to get its first big swig of micro-brewed ale if The Only Cafe's latest expansion plans come to fruition. After years of serving up other company's local beers, the east-end stalwart (here seen during less wintery times) is planning to start producing its own offerings from a new location right next door.

Though the idea is still firmly on paper, The Only's expansion into the world of hops, barley, and fermentation already has a working title. 7 Minutes Fast, a reference to the current bar clock's less-than-accurate timekeeping, is one of the names management is kicking around.

The company has a history of expansion; the owners opened a coffee shop, the cleverly named One in the Only, in a storefront next to the original bar in 2009. The Only Backpackers Inn, a hostel for thirsty backpackers, opened later on the second floor above the bar.

The city's bylaw rules will be one of the first hurdles for the new venture. The property is currently listed for commercial and residential use only. Brew-in operations, as they are known, are not allowed on the premises at this time.

That's assuming the brewing equipment goes in the Uzel olive store at 974 Danforth. That space is just one of several the owners are looking to buy, though nothing's been signed at this stage.

The Danforth has, until now, been passed over by the recent proliferation of small-scale brewing operations. Fermentations, a DIY beer and wine operation near Broadview Ave., is currently the only brewer of any kind in the neighbourhood.

Are you excited to see nano-brewing arrive on the Danforth?

Chris Bateman is a staff writer at blogTO. Follow him on Twitter at @chrisbateman.



YES / February 26, 2013 at 12:31 pm
Yes Please! Just bought in the area. We need something like this on this strip of the Danforth.
Coxwell Queen / February 26, 2013 at 12:35 pm
Mckegs / February 26, 2013 at 01:00 pm
This is great news. I live in the west end and often bike out to The Only Cafe. There is always something new to try on tap and it's a great bar.
Pietro / February 26, 2013 at 01:20 pm
This is awesome news and yes, very excited - The Only knows good craft beer!
Chris / February 26, 2013 at 01:35 pm
This will make an already excellent spot better!
Coxwell Queef replying to a comment from Coxwell Queen / February 26, 2013 at 05:20 pm
Lots of lame looking dudes with crappy shorts in that photo.
PS / February 26, 2013 at 06:20 pm
is this a gay bar?
Coxwell Cox replying to a comment from Coxwell Queef / February 26, 2013 at 06:42 pm
Can you point me to a bar with cool looking dudes in awesome shorts? It's the standard to of which I hold any establishment.
Tim / February 26, 2013 at 08:37 pm
Will it make an already good spot better? It is a great place..but if they have to start having worrying about brewing and bottling will it really make it better or take the focus away? You haven't even tried it you may not like it...
Josh replying to a comment from Coxwell Cox / February 26, 2013 at 08:41 pm
Who Queef'd? Smells putrid in here.
John Coates / February 27, 2013 at 04:22 am
Great news! Now, if I could just find a way home to try the new beer.
JOShie101 / February 28, 2013 at 09:55 pm
Love THE ONLY have for 20 years, don't really care if they have their own brew. I already go there, I already order something else, its already packed or comfortably full
Janet replying to a comment from Coxwell Queef / March 1, 2013 at 03:07 pm
And why is nobody eating anything....weird
Janet replying to a comment from Coxwell Cox / March 1, 2013 at 03:08 pm
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