One of Toronto’s finest waterfront patios is calling it quits after this summer.
The Rectory Cafe located on Ward’s Island has been luckily unaffected by the flooding that has engulfed the Toronto Islands this spring. Unfortunately, business has suffered from the ferry service being suspended during what is normally peak season for the restaurant and tourist attraction.
In an email to Daily Hive, the Island business has confirmed that co-owner and general manager Ken McAuliffe has made the difficult decision not to renew the restaurant’s lease.
“He hopes that there will be a potential owner who can see the special experience that The Rectory Cafe is and that it is able to continue under new ownership past October 2017.”
In the meantime, Torontonians are being encouraged to make the trek one last time.
“The City of Toronto has allowed us to continue hosting guests from the mainland, provided that they adhere to the barriers of the restricted areas of the island.”
If the imminent closure of the Toronto institution isn’t incentive enough, The Rectory Cafe is hosting a couple events this month.
On June 8, look forward to a Wine Evening in partnership with Island Vines wine club featuring a menu from chefs Scott Cooney and Nupur Gogia inspired by The Cote du Rhone region in France complete with wine pairings.
On June 14 (rain date June 18), The Rectory Cafe hosts their last ever Patio Kickoff Party and invite guests to a lakeside escape promising live music, live entertainment and complimentary food and drinks, while raising funds to support Second Harvest.
The Rectory Cafe
Address: 102 Lakeshore Ave, Ward’s Island, Toronto