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Montreal milk bar replacing "Drake you ho" Starbucks

Toronto's infamous "Drake you ho, this is all your fault" Starbucks at Queen and Dovercourt will close up shop for good on February 19.

The formerly graffitied Starbucks moved to West Queen West back in 2005 and many thought the neighbourhood jumped the gentrification shark when it opened - "Drake you ho, this is all your fault," referred of course to the Drake Hotel and not to our current #6god.

So, what's replacing Starbucks? Another cafe, though this one's migrating over from Montreal.

Sometime this spring, the Natrel Milk Bar by java u will open its second ever location at 1092 Queen St. West. And no, this isn't a riff on Momofuku.

Unlike other java u outposts, the Natrel Milk Bar branded cafe will, of course, highlight milk in espresso-based beverages and milkshakes. Although this isn't a pop-up. According to real estate broker Jay Katzeff, it's coming in on a 10 year lease.

And like all java u stores, this one will serve up a variety of sandwiches, soups, salads and pastries. If you're still itching for a grande Pike, you can always walk over to the massive Starbucks at Queen and Ossington, or visit one of the neighbourhood's indie cafes.


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