Closing a business that’s soaring might sound ridiculous, but according to the owners of Grand Electric, “If you want something you’ve never had, you have to do something you’ve never done.”
Ian McGrenaghan and Colin Tooke referred to that “unattributed quote” in an Instagram post, which explains why they’re closing Grand Electric’s Trinity Bellwoods location.
“For all the high minded chatter in restaurant dining rooms and kitchens pushing for practices to make the world a more just place, one critical fact remains: we serve food, a good portion of which is meat. And we are contributing to the destruction of the planet by doing so.” the post reads.
“The science is clear: a massive reduction in meat consumption is essential to mitigate climate change.”
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The caption explains that while having meat tacos one night in a family home may not be a huge deal, the impact of a restaurant serving meat tacos to a dining room packed with customers is.
“Study after study has shown that reducing the amount of meat you consume is probably the single biggest way to reduce your environmental impact on the planet,” the owners wrote.
“Our restaurants are a nonstop dinner party, where 90% of the menu is meat or fish.”
This is the reason, they said, that they choose to close Electric Mud BBQ. And now, it’s why the Trinity Bellwoods location of Grand Electric will shutter in November.
Replacing it, still by McGrenaghan and Tooke, will be a vegetarian taco joint and juice concept called Tacos Rico.
The pair maintain that Grand Electric Parkdale will remain open and continue to serve the city’s beloved fish tacos, and of future plans, they wrote: “We hope to open businesses that challenge ourselves and those around us to truly make the world a happier place.”
Grand Electric Trinity Bellwoods
Address: 923 Queen Street West