Greenavi Cafe in the Deadpool
Greenavi is no more. Papered windows and a sign posted to the front door have sealed the deal for the once popular cafe on Queen West that became a good neighbourhood pit stop for some organic snacks and free WiFi. But with rents between Spadina and Bathurst not getting any lower; and plenty of local competition from the major chains and indie darlings like Tequila Bookworm the cafe just couldn't make it.
Many might remember this isn't the first time Greenavi owner Ellen Soyoung Lee couldn't make a cafe fly in this space. Her previous incarnation Just Us! lacked personality and felt too chain like. It didn't last long. The re-thought Greenavi was definitely a step up and was voted one of the best new cafes of 2008.
According to the note on the door (above), Lee isn't going to stick around for try number 3. She and her partner have decided to exit the cafe business and focus on their photography and painting.
Thanks to Candice for the tip
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