Skyline Restaurant Toronto

Toronto's iconic Skyline diner is closing

Toronto's Skyline Restaurant is a Parkdale institution, known not only for its bright neon sign, but also its distinct, old-school vibe. Sunday, however, will mark the diner's final service as owner Louie gets ready to retire.

Sally Smits, Skyline's only waitress, tells me that Louie sold the restaurant. "He thinks the new owners will be keeping it similar, but that's something that only time will show," she says.

Smits notes that the new owners are younger, but isn't sure about what they're planning for the space.

The Skyline is, of course, one of Toronto's most beloved retro diners. While entering the restaurant feels akin to stepping into a time warp, there's a certain yellow-tinged charm that radiates from the place. The thick-cut fries ain't half bad, either.

Regardless of what happens next, the current iteration of the Skyline will definitely be missed after it closes for good at the end of this weekend on February 21.

Photo by Tanja Tiziana.


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