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After more than a century, The Brunswick House may be calling it a night — for good.
The owner of the historic bar, which opened in 1876, “has terminated their lease,” according to a post on the Harbord Village Residents’ Association’s website.
Beginning December 31st, the bar at 481 Bloor Street West will lease the location month-to-month while the landlord seeks a new tenant.
Boston Pizza is eyeing the main floor of the three-storey building at the corner of Brunswick Avenue and Bloor Street West in the Annex, the post said.
The residents’ association says the pizzeria wants to add a patio to the site. There will be a community meeting at The Brunswick House on Monday, November 30th at 7pm to discuss the proposal.
Reps from Boston Pizza will attend the meeting alongside the property’s owner.
Brian Burchell, chair of the Annex BIA, tells BuzzBuzzHome News he was aware the Brunswick House’s lease was up, but he doesn’t know who the new tenant will be.
“I don’t think (Brunswick House) was doing particularly well,” he adds. “They weren’t open very much.”
BuzzBuzzHome News reached out to the Harbord Village Residents’ Association, but has yet to hear back.
Just minutes from the University of Toronto, “The Brunny,” as some call it, has become a popular destination for students drawn by its cheap drinks, dance parties and frat and sorority nights.
However, the residents’ association knows The Brunswick House for something else. Its website referred to the watering hole as “a source of late-night disruption.”
Many Yelp reviews of the bar are less kind.
“The worst,” writes Yelp user T C. in a one-star review. “The only good thing about this place is that it’s affordable,” fellow reviewer Carmen T. explains, giving it a more-generous two-star rating.
Although The Brunswick House has only earned a 2.5 rating on the restaurant review site, some keep going back for more.
“All in all, as much as I don’t like the place, I always end up coming back and having a great time,” says Jessica M.