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It's deadpool for Mr. Greenjeans in the Eaton Centre

Apparently, the rule of threes holds true for Toronto restaurant closures, not just celebrity deaths. On the heels of a Labour Day long weekend that saw both nouveau-Italian joint Red Sauce and beloved dance lounge Andy Poolhall hit the deadpool comes news that Mr. Greenjeans, a family-friendly joint perched high atop the Eaton Centre, has closed after 34 years. The restaurant announced the news on Twitter and in a posting in front of the restaurant, with no reason for the closure given; CityNews reports that mall staff described the closure as sudden.

Though it had a rep as a bit of a tourist trap, Greenjeans held a little place in the heart of many native Torontonians (probably owing to a healthy dose of childhood nostalgia). The spot had seen numerous renovations over the years, recently running toward a rustic, shabby-chic look, while the menu tended toward crowd-pleasing comfort dishes. Portions were generous, but diners were known to lament high prices (even for the location) and uneven quality.

Competition for mall shoppers' appetites has gotten stiffer, with Trattoria Mercatto, Richtree Natural Market, Joey and the Urban Eatery arriving on the scene in recent years, and that top-floor location, removed from all but a couple of stores, may have put it even further out of sight (and mind) for diners. But now, in our hearts and minds, Greenjeans and its admittedly-epic milkshake menu will be forever perfect, and forever young.


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