Although the pandemic has seen the unfortunate closure of many Toronto restaurants, and dramatic business model pivots from many others, one of the city’s most popular wine bars appears to be on the verge of an expansion.
Records from the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario show that Paris Paris recently applied for a liquor licence for the space at 146 Ossington Ave.
First opened in 2018, the Dundas West wine bar is known for its hip line-up of natural, biodynamic wines made by small producers. Like many restaurants and bars with strong drink programs, Paris Paris changed its game amid the ongoing dining room closures and transformed into a bottle shop. The restaurant now offers thoughtfully curated bottles and small snacks, like charcuterie and chips, for takeout.
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The space at 146 Ossington Ave. is a 5,000-square-foot warehouse-style space that’s frequently used for pop-ups and events. Its location on the Ossington strip is within spitting distance of other spots by Paris Paris restaurateurs Jesse Fader and Jonathan Poon, including pizza joint Superpoint and Thai BBQ restaurant Favorites.
The restaurant did not immediately respond to our request for comment, so we’ll have to wait to find out the exact details of their plans for the space.