With new restaurants and bars opening up along Danforth Avenue, the popular Greektown neighbourhood is experiencing some fresh aromas and a new wave of energy.
The Observer sat down with the owners of a few of these businesses to see what’s new in town.
The Shore Leave bar:
The Shore Leave is catching the tiki bar wave. Owners Julian Altrows and Zach Littlejohn are trying to bring warm summer vibes to the Danforth with tropical-inspired decor and cocktails.
The small biz, located at 1775 Danforth Ave., has a friendly environment that immediately makes it feel like the bar you go to with your friends on the weekend. The signature drink is a delicious combination of homemade liqueur and a hearty serving of rum.
Forth Avenue Kitchen & Bar:
Forth Avenue, a beautiful restaurant, located at 1820 Danforth Ave., is among the new additions in the area. The eatery serves up Canadian and international cuisine in both comforting and decadent forms, using local ingredients to appeal to Torontonians’ discerning palates.
Staff favourites include the potato and cheese pierogies and the house burger. It uses ingredients from the east side, with meat from Royal Beef on the Danforth and bread from Brick Street bakery in Leslieville.
Absolute Bakery & Cafe on the Danforth
When The Friendly Greek shut its doors recently and moved to a smaller location, the property was split in half. On the right side resides Absolute Bakery, the second of its kind. The first Absolute still exists in its Cabbagetown home.
Absolute specializes in European style baked goods, including cakes, brownies and other delectable deserts. It also has a menu of more savoury foods, including soups and roti. You can find Absolute at 547 Danforth Ave., near the intersection of Danforth and Carlaw.