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Aroma Espresso Bar opening in Forest Hill Village

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Tatai Feb 19, 2010 01:57 PM

I just noticed a sign at the old David's location at the southeast corner of Spadina and Lonsdale. They're sure to give Second Cup and Starbucks a run for their money, and it'll be nice to have a cafe in the Village that serves real food.

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    peppermint pate Oct 21, 2011 04:05 AM

    I don't know when they opened up but they're open. And, not surprisingly, packed already. I had a late lunch there last week. Easily the most stylish location of the 3 I've been to - spacious banquettes and cool high swivel stools around the high-tops in the middle of the room. Same Aroma menu. Had their half halumi sandwich and chopped salad with tahini dressing combo. Simple, fresh, good. They'll do very well with this location.

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      sal_sal Jun 24, 2011 08:30 AM

      Aroma is opening up at The Shop at Don Mills next week, the Village location should be later in the summer.

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        caitlink Jun 24, 2011 07:21 PM

        what's good at Aroma's? they have pastries, sandwiches and salads, right?

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          peppermint pate Jun 24, 2011 07:57 PM

          Yup - really good sandwiches (even though I'd be happier with less bread) - I like the halumi and chicken ones best. Salads with grilled chicken is good. Their bourekas treat is really yummy. I've never really been tempted by or tried their pastries. Coffee drinks are served with a little square of chocolate.

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            Tatai Jun 25, 2011 10:50 AM

            Good breakfasts, too.

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          jdavis2ca Apr 25, 2011 05:41 AM

          Confirmed...Aroma is opening at the old Blockbuster location on Spadina...the parking lot will be converted into a Patio. Opening in July.

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            jdavis2ca Mar 21, 2011 01:28 PM

            Any truth to the rumors aroma will be opening in the former blockbuster location??????

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              Tatai Mar 21, 2011 01:55 PM

              At Bathurst and Eglinton? Isn't the one in the Village still open?

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                acd123 Mar 21, 2011 03:15 PM

                I heard the other day that the rumors are true. I think the blockbuster location is already closed. The landlord may have an interest in seeing an Aroma at that location. If yes, great news. Also, I heard that the Village Restaurant is finished for the second time. I won't miss it too much.

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                  peppermint pate Mar 21, 2011 03:39 PM

                  Which location is being rumoured/confirmed - village or eglinton? Any idea on the timing?

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                    jdavis2ca Mar 21, 2011 04:19 PM

                    Blockbuster in the forest hill village on spadina...not the one at bathurst and eglington.

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                      peppermint pate Mar 21, 2011 05:12 PM

                      Thanks. Do you know when it's scheduled to open?

                      As I said above when this rumour first surfaced - a year ago - this one is a no-brainer. Goldmine.

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                        jdavis2ca Mar 21, 2011 05:36 PM

                        I don't know the legitimacy of the rumor...just heard it over the weekend. The blockbuster is now closed and emptied. Ill post updates as I hear/see them

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                      acd123 Mar 21, 2011 04:34 PM

                      Having an Aroma in the village will make things complicated. Now I'll have to decide between What a Bagel and Aroma.

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                      Tatai Mar 21, 2011 06:17 PM

                      The Village Restaurant has been shuttered for a few weeks now. Wish it would return to its rightful existence as an old-time diner. Nothing fancy, just good home cookin', comfort food style.

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                        acd123 Mar 22, 2011 04:45 AM

                        All I ever had there was but bacon and eggs, toast with butter, and fries from the freezer. Their club was okay too. What was so good about their home cooking? I'll miss it only for nostalgic reasons.

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                          Tatai Mar 22, 2011 05:47 AM

                          Sorry, I worded it wrong. I'd like it to become a joint that offers good home cooking, diner style. (The hot chicken sandwich and club sandwich at the original incarnation were pretty decent, though.)

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                            jdavis2ca Mar 22, 2011 06:48 AM

                            is the village restaurant really re-opening? is it the same owners?

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                              acd123 Mar 22, 2011 08:15 AM

                              No, I think it is now finished for good, after an attempt by the owner of Edo to keep it open.

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                              Edo
                              484 Eglinton Ave W, Toronto, ON M5N1A5, CA

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                    ekleiner Feb 23, 2010 09:11 AM

                    I know 100%that aroma IS In FACT coming to the village!
                    I'm soooo excited it's the best

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                    Aroma Espresso Bar
                    500 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M5S1Y3, CA

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                      peppermint pate Feb 23, 2010 09:16 AM

                      You better be 100% sure because I've already had my hopes lifted and then squashed once on this thread. You have inside info? Okay - so spill the beans - which location and when are they opening?

                    2. toukolou Feb 21, 2010 05:03 PM

                      Don't worry folks, they're opening one at Bathurst and Rutherford Rd! Wooo-hooo!

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                        acd123 Feb 19, 2010 02:53 PM

                        Really??!! I was in the Village a couple times this week. Are you talking about the Southside location?

                        We LOVE Aroma. This is fantastic news. I'm thrilled to see them doing so well in TO.

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                          Tatai Feb 19, 2010 04:06 PM

                          That's the place! I hadn't even realized they'd closed up. Just one caveat, though: The Aroma sign was on TOP of the Southside location, not on the windows. I'm assuming they wouldn't post a sign about a new location opening soon in a different location from the sign...

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                            peppermint pate Feb 20, 2010 04:24 AM

                            One word - BRILLIANT.

                            (A few more words...it will be a goldmine). Aroma is a fantastic lunch place and I've noticed that they've expanded their breakfast items since first opening. Has anyone tried their french toast?

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                              cuterscooter Feb 20, 2010 07:31 AM

                              It would be brilliant if true, sadly it's just where Aroma put up its billboard. At least we have one location uptown at Yonge/Eg.

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                                Tatai Feb 20, 2010 03:30 PM

                                Oh no! Sorry, everyone. The wording made it sound like a new Aroma would be coming soon. Strange marketing.

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                                  acd123 Feb 20, 2010 05:06 PM

                                  Yeah, I walked by Southside last week and it looked like they were still open. Oh well, doesn't matter anyway, Bloor/Albany is closer to our house anyway :-)

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