Last year, Leslieville fixture Red Rocket Coffee announced it was leaving the area due to rising rent costs. Now, the space at 1402 Queen Street East is papered over with a rather cryptic “coming soon” sign featuring a portrait of Nikola Tesla. What does it mean? That Serbian franchise Rakia Bar is coming to town, of course.
We weren’t able to get in touch with a Rakia Bar representative immediately, but the resto-bar’s website — which indicates that it is coming soon to Toronto — provides a description of the business:
“Rakia Bar is a unique concept in which the distillate of the finest fruits is always taken with meze, the creative appetiser in a contemporary and conceptualized space. It is urban hedonism; decisive step onto the world’s scene of alcohol beverages in Belgrade and Serbia.”
Translation: expect wine, brandy and small sharing plates.