Outdoor patio heaters stolen from local Toronto restaurant

Oct 16 2020, 9:06 am

A local Toronto restaurant is feeling the community support after multiple outdoor heaters were stolen from their property this week.

As the city falls under the recently modified and re-enacted Stage 2 restrictions, its patio season isn’t over yet. With the help of outdoor heaters, Toronto restaurants and bars have been keeping guests warm.

But for The Wren, things quickly changed for the worst after four of their heaters were stolen from their property Wednesday night.

“So last night some very chilly people borrowed our 4 patio heaters without asking. Kinda selfish tbh and cutting through the lock chain was just straight up impatient,” said The Wren in a post.

“I hope they bring them back soon but my gut’s telling me they’re probably very cold and we won’t see them until next summer.”

Although the Danforth area restaurant put it in the nicest way possible, the loss of their equipment would have made its patio season hard to manage.

According to Lowes Canada, a 90-inch standard patio heater can cost about $300 but for restaurant-grade models, cost can range into the thousands. 

Thanks to the kindness and generosity of another local bar, The Wren was lent a couple heaters for the season so their guests can enjoy their time outdoors.

Just a short drive away, the Left Field Brewery located at 36 Wagstaff Dr, managed to come through and provided them with a few loaners.

“Mark and Mandie from Left Field brewery, who are always super warm, came through with a loaner!” said The Wren.

“That plus a back up, and more radiant heaters on the way should help get the cozy level back up to where we had it.”

With the current struggles many local businesses are facing, the city of Toronto has created a website for customers to discover open patios, and takeout or delivery options in the area.

On a provincial level, Premier Doug Ford has also announced the government will be providing $300 million as a form of relief to local restaurants affected by the closures, aiming to help with property taxes, hydro, natural gas bills, and other finances.

The Wren, they’ve continued to stay positive throughout the entire ordeal.

They’ll have to steal the concrete off the sidewalk to stop us from keeping these patio vibes going,” said the restaurant.

Karen DoradeaKaren Doradea

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