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Toronto restaurant in prime corner location has permanently closed

A prime corner location in Little Italy that just can't seem to sustain a business longer than a few years is changing over once again.

890 College. St. has everything seemingly going for it. It's on a great spot on College St, has a sweet corner patio and plenty of space inside for dinner, drinks and live music. Sadly, its latest inhabitant has called it a day.

Alchemy Food & Drink opened in 2017 with a rustic vibe and a menu featuring tasty bar food like smash burgers and mac n' cheese. A long list of cocktails, a happening patio and live music rounded out its offerings.

It had replaced previous bars and restaurants Fat City Blues, The Huntsman Tavern, Mitzi's on College and Red Fish, all of which seemed to open and close in quick succession.

The restaurant is now for sale with an asking price of $149,000 and monthly rent of $8,000.

In a statement posted to the restaurant's website, Alchemy owners thanked customers for their patronage and announced the "difficult decision" to close. 

But it's not all bad news.

The owners suggest a new location is coming soon and that after taking some time to unwind they'll be "starting the journey of our search for our next new home."

Alchemy has reached out to blogTO and provided the following comment: Our priority has always been to provide a safe space for musicians and clientele from all walks of life; providing a safe space for everyone has always been our number one priority. In spite of the "curse", we were one of the first places to be able to bring live music back during the pandemic. The supposed "curse" was that no bar had made it past a few years in operation at our current location, yet this July would have been our fifth year in operation; even through C**ID. Aside from a "superstition", some of the real reasons that led to the untimely closure of our first location are the same as many other local spots that have closed in the city.

Lead photo by

Jesse Milns

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