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Uncle Tetsu like lineups at Toronto's new Japanese cafe

Toronto's latest Japanese sensation is already seeing hour long lineups in Little Tokyo. As we reported, Tsujiri's first North American location opened last week near the corner of Dundas and Elizabeth. It's a short walk from Uncle Tetsu where long waits are still the norm a year after opening.

The draw here, aside from a chance to experience the storied brand without taking a 13 hour flight, is the cafe's creative takes on matcha infused soft serve, sundaes, shaved ice and pastries. But the space is small and the lineup moves at a snail's pace.

This past weekend, eager customers obligingly waited in the spring-like temperatures for a chance to get in on the action. At most times, there may have been no more than 30 or so people waiting to get in but inside everyone was squished together like sardines.

Later this year the third location of Uncle Tetsu will open a few doors away at 191 Dundas St. West. Now all we need is Bang Bang to open an outpost here and the mania will be complete.

How long would you wait in line at Tsujiri? Let us know in the comments.


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