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Island Foods is closing after over 30 years in Toronto

The time has finally come to bid a woeful goodbye to the restaurant that’s been supplying Toronto with some of the best goat roti in town for over 30 years.

Island Foods at King and Dufferin is having its last day on Saturday, June 29. The closure has been a long time-coming for the fiercely loved Caribbean restaurant, with the XO Condos replacing it initially proposed around 2015 (now one of the most hated developments in Toronto).

It's not the first time Island Foods and the Sawh family that runs it have had to regroup in their 45-year-plus history, with an original location in Dufferin Mall as well as spots in Grange Park and Mount Pleasant all closed at this point.

The other chain businesses surrounding it as well as the notorious McDonald's across the street will also be closing down to make way for the condos.

Don't abandon all hope, though, Island Foods will still be selling their delicious roti and patties at their Don Mills location, so head there to keep one of Toronto's most cherished family legacies going.

"Thank you for your tremendous loyalty over the years and we hope to have your continued support while we prepare for the next chapter," reads a notice posted in the restaurant by Island Foods family and staff.

There doesn't seem to be much planned for the last Saturday in Parkdale other than maybe a few T-shirts, but odds are you can expect lineups.

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