rectory cafe toronto

Rectory Cafe on Toronto Island closing its doors for good

Thanks to rising water levels and wide-spread flooding, the Toronto Island Park remains closed until further notice.

Some businesses are pushing through, despite restricted access to the Islands, including The Rectory Cafe, which remains open (including its sun-soaked lakeside patio) seven days a week.

After Thanksgiving, however, the Rectory will close its doors for good. "We decided not to exercise our right to renew our lease," says Ken McAuliffe, one of the restaurant's three owners.

One of the partners is pulling out of the popular Ward's Island spot, and McAuliffe says the remaining two won't buy out the stake. The ongoing flood hasn't helped business either, despite the Rectory remaining dry (for now).

Since fewer people are coming to the Islands, the Rectory's already been losing money, but it's decided to keep trucking and will keep its 57 employees on board until the fall.

"We are going hammer down," says McAuliffe. "We're not doing The Rectory light."

Lead photo by

Greg's Southern Ontario


Join the conversation Load comments

Latest in Eat & Drink

The history of the ice cream truck in Toronto

The top 50 bars in Toronto

There was a secret all-white dinner party in Toronto last night

Toronto Food Events: Festival of South Asia, Caribbean Summer Market, Parc Rosé

Byblos is opening a second location in Toronto

Tim Hortons is finally fixing its leaky coffee cup lids

Toronto Restaurant Openings: LOB, Cafe Landwer, Stamp's Lane, BBs Diner, Jugemu

Toronto is getting a spot for dipped donuts