One of Toronto's most famous dive bars has permanently closed
For better or for worse, a longstanding and notoriously sketchy bar in the heart of Leslieville has officially served its last Old Milwaukee with a side of Doritos.
Tasty Chicken House, alternatively known in some city records as "New Tasty Chicken House," recently closed its doors at 1014 Queen St E. for good, according to the site's new owner.
I’ve often wondered about The Tasty Chicken House... if you peek in the window it makes you think twice about eating chicken... tasty or not. But the sign / building has a certain charm... I checked out the Yelp… https://t.co/HCqBmlc3cJ— Lorie Slater (@slatersnaps) November 1, 2019
What won't be remembered is their food — because here's the thing: Tasty Chicken House never actually served chicken. At least, not that anyone's ever been able to order.
"DO NOT GO HERE!!!!! THEY DO NOT HAVE CHICKEN!!!!" reads a locally-famous Yelp review of the spot posted in 2009.
"THIS IS NOT AN EATERY. This is a dirty, dirty, dirty dive bar, where my entrance was greeted with 'isn't that a pretty new face' by a man in his 50's with only half his teeth."
There's a place called "The Tasty CHICKEN House" near where I live, looks super sketch & is one of those places I've walked past for the last decade but never went in. Anyways I just walked past it again & decided to look it up & yeah here's to another decade of never going in !! pic.twitter.com/YHsMgd1rN9— Liberal, Not Lefty (@liberalnotlefty) July 4, 2019
Every other review on the page confirms a lack of chicken at Tasty Chicken House. In 2014, one customer said they were told "the kitchen is closed."
"There is absolutely no chicken at the New Tasty Chicken House," wrote another person still. "None."
"The most prominent feature here are the people smoking outside. And the people who have just finished their cigarettes drinking bottles of beer inside. They stare at you with faces that only many years of rough living can create."
Part and parcel of Queen Street East for many, many years, Tasty Chicken House is perhaps best known these days for hosting a huge "Leslieville" mural on its side wall, in front of a bike share station on Boston Avenue.
No longer for sale, the building will soon transform into what its new owner calls a "neighbourhood dive-bar" named "Wei's Bar and Variety."
"Tasty Chicken House is now permanently closed," confirmed Jerwin of Wei's Bar and Variety this week by email. "I know that they have been part of Leslieville community for more than decades. I am sure that they will be missed."
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