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Another Toronto bar is closing, and shaming the landlord on the way out

Last Updated Aug 31, 2020 at 11:45 am EDT

The Office Pub near John and Adelaide is the latest in a long line of bars and restaurants to shut down in the city over the past few months.

While most of these establishments tend to offer up a vague explanation for their departure, The Office Pub decided to put the blame squarely on the landlord.

They certainly didn’t hold any punches.

“As a tenant for 9 years, we never ever failed to pay the due diligences on time. But during these difficult times, he has ignored our pleads to reduce rent, renegotiate a new lease, failed to apply rent subsidy from the government. This week he has come and given us a legal notice asking to pay $156K from April to August.”

The landlord in question is apparently the owner of Kit Kat, the bar on King Street famous for making a middle finger ice sculpture during the King Street pilot project.

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After 9 years of serving our customers, it is with a VERY HEAVY HEART that we have to announce the closing of The Office Pub effective Monday, August 31st. We have had some great times and some challenges, unfortunately we couldn’t overcome the challenges – an unfair lease expectation from our greedy landlord. As a tenant for 9 years, we never ever failed to pay the due diligences on time. But during these difficult times, he has ignored our pleads to reduce rent, renegotiate a new lease, failed to apply rent subsidy from the government. This week he has come and given us a legal notice asking to pay $156K from April to August. It has been a pleasure serving, connecting and celebrating with all our customers over the years. We are so grateful to all of you.

 

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