In what could be a world-first, an independent cafe is opening in a space previously occupied by Starbucks. Talk about an underdog story.
Sugar Loaf Bakery is launching at the corner of Gerrard and Jones, where the coffee mega-chain once ran one of its most unique Toronto stores
With double-height ceilings, a mezzanine area and rooftop patio, the location will be more spacious than Sugar Loaf's original cafe on Queen St. E in Riverside.
Owner Rinaldo Angelicola says the concept will mostly be the same with small menu additions to cater to students of the nearby school.
"The biggest difference between the two locations will be the patio, which will probably impact in the number of drinks we serve on brunch and evenings," Angelicola says. "The second floor, where the patio is, will also be available for private parties."
The renovations are starting shortly and Angelicola says he expects to open in August.
Visit sugarloafbakery.ca for more info.