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Feb 19, 2010 01:57 PM

Aroma Espresso Bar opening in Forest Hill Village

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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  1. 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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    1. re: acd123

      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...

      1. re: Tatai

        One word - BRILLIANT.

        (A few more 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?

        1. re: peppermint pate

          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.

          1. re: cuterscooter

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

            1. re: Tatai

              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 :-)

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

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

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

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        1. re: ekleiner

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

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          1. re: jdavis2ca

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

            1. re: jdavis2ca

              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.

              1. re: acd123

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

                1. re: peppermint pate

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

                  1. re: jdavis2ca

                    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.

                    1. re: peppermint pate

                      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

                  2. re: peppermint pate

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

                  3. re: acd123

                    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.

                    1. re: Tatai

                      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.

                      1. re: acd123

                        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.)

                        1. re: Tatai

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

                          1. re: jdavis2ca

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

                            484 Eglinton Ave W, Toronto, ON M5N1A5, CA

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