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The Future of Future Bakery's Patio

The Annex neighbourhood residents and U of T students alike will surely be disappointed if the new owners of Future Bakery and city staff decide to put away the hot spot's patio for good.

One of the few things that gets us Torontonians through the sub-arctic weather and seasonal depression is looking forward to sangrias in the sun during patio season.

Sure, there are plenty of places to go for drinks in the summer. But Future's is prime for chilling out with a beer and all-you-can-eat perogies (on Wednesdays). There's so much history, and there are so many people to bump into.

A long-time run family business, the Annex's Future Bakery has, after several years in negotiation, been sold to new owners. In an effort to keep both its customers and neighbours happy, they've decided to hold a general meeting on the status of the "noise disruptions" which come from the chatter and clinking of the patios. This is an issue mainly during warmer months, but possibly even in fall/winter as the patio is heated.

But there are so many hypothetical questions we could ask of this non-patio envisioned Future...

The place is always packed. Where will everyone sit? What if I want to eat my cake outside? Will no patio mean a loss of regular customers?

Councillor Adam Vaughn and the new owners of Future Bakery/Labyrinth lounge will get together with residents and anyone else with an opinion on the matter at the end of this month.

According to the Facebook Group Save Future's Patio, "no effort was made to reach out to those in the area who work/go to school and aren't involved in these decisions".

It's the peoples' patio, and if you want it saved, it's time to speak up. But not too loudly - you might disturb the neighbours!

Written by guest contributor Miki Sato. Photo by Tim Shore.


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