Historic Maple Leaf Tavern to be reborn as gastropub
The historic Maple Leaf Tavern across from Gerrard Square is about to be reborn as a gastropub. The tavern, built in 1910 and converted into a hotel in 1935, is one of the many lodgings long neglected on Toronto's east side. In the 1980s it changed hands multiple times and became a dive bar known locally as the "kick and stab" after a number of unsavoury incidents transpired within its walls. In recent times the building has been shuttered and has been spotted with a for lease sign.
But finally there is change coming to the tavern. Todd Morgan, owner of The Port restaurant in Pickering has gutted the space and will transform it into a gastropub with a menu not too dissimilar from his other spot. According to a spokesperson for the tavern, Morgan plans to recreate the feel of the era when the space was in its prime. The opening is targeted sometime this fall.