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alfie Feb 2, 2009 12:06 PM

Taste T.O is reporting that Colemans has closed-does anyone know why?-you would think that even in this economy places like that have somewhat of a chance. It has survived for so long in similar situations.....

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    BlueTeam Feb 5, 2009 04:26 PM

    I used to take my Bubbie here for lunch in the 80s. It was a step up from meat at the pickle barrel. I always like the pastrami, with extra mustard and red spice paste. I tried it once about 10 years ago but it was just not the same. In a way, I'm glad its gone, as it was sorta sad to keep seeing a place I used to enjoy but now wouldn't let myself enter.

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      magic Feb 4, 2009 05:47 AM

      So any official word on why it closed??

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        JamieK Feb 5, 2009 12:53 PM

        No official word but there's a little more here plus some pics -
        http://www.savethedeli.com/2009/01/26...

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          magic Feb 6, 2009 05:42 AM

          Thanks JamieK, I can’t seem to connect to the site right now. Will try again later. But thanks…

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          gimel Feb 14, 2009 02:10 PM

          I was by the ex-Coleman's strip mall today, and some of the nearby store-owners confirmed todc1996's story about the sleazy midnight move, and had rather harsh words to say about management practices and general lack of business savvy there, by way of explanation for the closing. It was also disappointing to hear that the staff got screwed out of paycheques.

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            pearlD Feb 15, 2009 04:56 AM

            gimel....
            how sorry I am to hear that....many of the Staff were 'permanent' fixtures, and generally were good at their jobs, good with customers...to treat them so poorly is not forgiveable.... As recently as last November I went in once a week to get my husband's regular order of half pound cold, lean c.b to go.....The last time we actually ate a meal there, about 18 months ago...the Kishka was so bad as to be totally GROSS...never gone back for a meal since and now yet another Deli that passed its BBD....Oh well!!!!

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          toppdog Feb 3, 2009 11:16 AM

          Coleman's was great in the '60s when it was on Eglinton near Bathurst. We ate their takeout in front of the TV the afternoon Lee Oswald got shot. Can't say I ever much liked Coleman's on Buthurst. Went there for breakfast the morning after John Lennon died, and I think I came home with food poisoning. Whatever it was, I was pretty sick. I think the the two places to get smoked meat in Toronto are Wolfie's on Sheppard just west of Bathurst, and The Corned Beef House on Adelaide east of Spadina.

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            millygirl Feb 3, 2009 02:38 PM

            My forever memory of Coleman's is one time ordering for take out the veal cutlet dinner. About half way in to eating it, buried in amongst the sauce was a cigarette butt!!! Up until that point, I loved their veal cutlet. That was many moons ago. About a year ago we were in the area and hungry for lunch - it was pretty crappy. Kinda sad because like others have said, this place was an institution for us growing up. It was our after school hang out until we switched over to the Lawrence Plaza restaurant across the street. Oh the memories!!

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              atomeyes Feb 4, 2009 06:18 AM

              but did they charge you extra for the cigarette butt? :)

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              Brain of J Feb 5, 2009 09:44 AM

              Let's not forget Moe Pancer's, north of Wilson, west side of Bathurst. Fresser's Delight please......nice!

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                torontovore Feb 5, 2009 11:35 AM

                And also Wolfie's, on the north side of Sheppard, west of Bathurst. If you like Coke memorabilia, make sure you drop into this place for the decor. Smoked meat from Wolfie's and pastrami from Pancer's is my general rule.

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                  embee Feb 5, 2009 12:19 PM

                  Wolfie's is totally weird. While they do have Lester's old fashioned available, I'd go all the way to Centre St for it and avoid Wolfie's.

                  Pancer's has become inconsistent and is just okay, but it is better than Coleman's ever was.

            3. atomeyes Feb 2, 2009 04:31 PM

              Colemans was an institution in the same was Steve's is an institution, but a little bit better.

              Best meat sandwiches in the city? Probably not, but they were pretty darn good.

              Best chicken soup and matzah balls/kreplach? Pretty good, but not amazing.

              Sad that its gone, but hey, these things happen.

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                todc1996 Feb 2, 2009 01:39 PM

                they were in the same location with the same landlords for 35 years and did a midnight move.
                didn't even give their landlords the courtesy of telling them they were leaving.

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                  alfie Feb 2, 2009 02:05 PM

                  you mean where they are now?-did they not close but move?

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                    torontofoodiegirl Feb 2, 2009 02:12 PM

                    If this is the same Coleman's, looks like they're closed for good.

                    http://www.colemanscatering.com/

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                  Toronto Fastfoodie Feb 2, 2009 01:31 PM

                  I hope it has closed. Institution or not, that place was disgusting. The last time I was there, the waitress used a stinky rag to wipe down our table and then used the same rag to wipe the tops of the vinegar and ketchup bottle. And then she went to the wait station and had a big slug of beer. So dirty.

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