Toronto’s hidden bar in Kensington Market has permanently shut its doors after 10 years amid the COVID-19 pandemic and issues with their landlords.
Cold Tea has made the difficult decision to close operations after years of serving the local community.
“We knew our lease was expiring at the end of 2020 and struggled with the landlords over the last 18 months to solidify a new one,” said the bar in an Instagram post.
“Unfortunately, even after being a solid tenant for 10 years, and amidst COVID, they refused to be reasoned with. This is a tough pill for us to swallow, and we fought hard.”
With Toronto’s current lockdown measures, the closure is more than solidified; however, the crew is relocating operations to their 1186 Queen Street West location.
“We have moved all our operations over to our Queen Street location and look forward to continuing to work with a landlord who appreciates our efforts and sees what we are trying to accomplish,” stated the post.
“We look forward to seeing you there as soon as it’s safe to do so.”
Cold Tea joins a list of Toronto restaurants and bars that have had to permanently put an end to operations due to the pandemic.
Both Toronto and Peel regions are currently under Ontario’s lockdown measures for the next 28 days, limiting only essential services to remain open.