Small World Cafe closing
Apparently Small World Cafe, where I spent much of my maternity leave, is closing and is for sale. Just wondering if anyone has heard anything. It was a great place for parents to meet up and for the little ones to play in the area.
That is too bad... Hubbie, the coffee addict of the two of us, really liked the coffee there. Unfortunately, we don't have children, and we found the number of little ones in the café every time we stopped in made our time there less than peaceful; don't get me wrong, we love children, just not so many of them when we're trying to enjoy a quiet coffee. Sometimes I felt like I was in the middle of a playroom or children's birthday party. Small World seemed to have a great customer base with the moms and their little sprites, and I hoped that this would be enough to keep them afloat... I guess not.
Did you get this info from someone at the cafe itself, or is it just a rumour?
I ask because the website has a "YES WE ARE STILL OPEN" banner splashed across the top of the page. Could be out of date, I suppose... either way, maybe calling them would be the best way to confirm.
I heard that while they did well on weekends the weekday traffic was low.
It was still open despite the for sale/for rent sign when I walked by today.
JamieK mentioned in another thread that they sold the place to new owners. But if there is a for sale sign I guess that fell through? I'd love to have frequented it more with my kid but it's just too long of a walk for us to do regularly.
As far as I know, the sale is going through or going down that road, but they are still open for business. Besides the sign, they also had it up on Craigslist.
I heard a rumour that Starbucks had been sniffing around but I hardly think the neighbourhood could support a Starbucks, not at least until that new condo goes up at the big hole by Woodbine.
You're kidding about the neighbourhood not being able to support a Starbucks right? It's the wet dream of many members of DECA. I'm not a huge Starbucks fan but I'd take it any day over the Tim Hortons cubby in the Shopper's Drug Mart.
A coffee shop open later than 5:00 would be a welcome addition in the neighbourhood. True Brew Cafe is charming and Small World is great for the kids but they both close early.
What? You don't go to Coffeetime? It's open all night! Now, I'm kidding.
Starbucks would have a better chance by the park and closer to the subway station. They like corner locations in any event. Can you imagine a Starbucks, or any good cafe for that matter, overlooking East Lynn from one of the south corners on Danforth. With a patio of course. Or, maybe Starbucks will be interested in a spot on the ground floor retail level of that new condo when it goes in.
This infuriates me. DECA is not aspiring to have a Starbucks open in our neighbourhood. Wherever you heard that, it's ridiculous. DECA is all about supporting small business owners and small coffee shops. In fact, I think most people on Danforth East are probably happy we don't have a Starbucks. I frequent Last Drop, Three's Company Too, Seb's, Tru Brew and Small World all the time and those are enough for a coffee fix anywhere on the Danforth East strip.
673 Danforth Ave, Toronto, ON M4J, CA
549 Sammon Ave, Toronto, ON M4J, CA
Small World Cafe
1775 Danforth Ave, Toronto, ON M4C, CA