queens bar grill

Leslieville trades a dive bar for ice cream and cookies

It's been almost ten years since the New York Times labeled Leslieville "Toronto's hippest place to dine, drink, shop and live" and while the neighbourhood had long ago gentrified, the closing of a local dive bar this week almost literally puts the icing on the cake.

Queen's Bar & Grill, a rough around the edges watering hole we called out back in 2011 as one of Queen Street's notable dive bars, had persevered as third wave espresso bars and high-end baby stores grew up around it. No more. The windows are currently papered over and signs announce the impending arrival of Milky Way Ice Cream Parlour, Coffee and Bake Shop.

The closure leaves nearby Tasty Chicken as one of the few remnants of the Leslieville of the past. Current home owners will no doubt welcome the change amid soaring real estate prices, and somewhere someone is likely pointing out that the view from Te Aro's patio just got less interesting.


Join the conversation Load comments

Latest in Eat & Drink

Tiny woman-run cafe on a side street in Toronto has closed its doors

These bagel boxes made near Toronto by a 27-year-old have been selling out in seconds

Ontario is about to get 30 locations of a famous west coast burger chain

LCBO stores across Ontario are now open on Mondays again

People in Toronto are loving these personalized Dunkaroos with a Mini Egg dip

Founder of Toronto's famous kitchen supply store Tap Phong dies at 100

Toronto tech entrepreneurs blasted after launching new recipe website

15 great Italian bakeries in Toronto you need to visit at least once