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Lamanda Sep 27, 2012 12:05 PM

I've walked by a few times this week and their doors are closed an locked. No signs indicating closure, but it doesn't look good. Anyone know anything?

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  1. justxpete RE: Lamanda Sep 27, 2012 12:50 PM

    A called placed to their number last week revealed that they were under-going renovations.

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      Lamanda RE: justxpete Sep 27, 2012 12:55 PM

      Phew, thanks! I was worried about those cookies.

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        justxpete RE: Lamanda Sep 27, 2012 01:34 PM

        It's why I called. :)

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          kwass RE: justxpete Sep 27, 2012 05:16 PM

          Le Gourmand is one of my favourite coffee shops. I was actually on my way there 2 weeks ago, when i saw they were closed. So I went into Starbucks, which is right beside Le Gourmand to see if they knew anything, and they didn't. But it seemed odd to them. They said that they were open one day, and the doors were locked the next. I have to admit that it seems odd to me as well. If they are undergoing renovations, why isn't there a sign on the door?

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            justsayn RE: kwass Sep 27, 2012 06:05 PM

            You would think they would say something...since they all ready went out of business once. Why have people thinking it happened again with the new owners?

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              kwass RE: justsayn Sep 27, 2012 06:12 PM

              Exactly. That's why I think that they've gone out of business. It just seems too coincidental.

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                jennjen18 RE: kwass Sep 28, 2012 04:11 AM

                Someone's asked on their FB page -- they say they're rehiring staff and may open next week...

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                  kwass RE: jennjen18 Sep 28, 2012 04:18 AM

                  I so hope that's true. I really love this place!

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                    kwass RE: jennjen18 Sep 28, 2012 04:21 AM

                    I just went to their twitter page, and they swear that they're "re-opening soon".

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                      justsayn RE: kwass Sep 28, 2012 06:42 AM

                      Then put up a sign for your clientelle. Completely ridiculous or a lie? Wonder which one.

                      Either way, it says a lot about them IMO!

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                        kwass RE: justsayn Sep 28, 2012 06:55 AM

                        I agree with you justsayn...100%. If they are just renovating, which it doesn't look like they are, because I've walked by...why not put a sign up on the door? Also, according to the people @ Starbucks, they seemed to close really suddenly. It all just seems very suspicious to me. Especially given what happened @ their Yonge/Eglinton location.

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                          kwass RE: kwass Sep 28, 2012 06:57 AM

                          Just went back on Twitter and they say that they're re-opening the middle of next week. I guess we'll just have to wait and see. I, personally, am not holding my breath, although I am keeping my fingers crossed that they are.

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                            Lamanda RE: kwass Sep 28, 2012 07:04 AM

                            Yeah -- I've got my hopes up now, but I walked by again this morning and they've done nothing in there. There's a coat of dust on the piled up furniture.

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                              kwass RE: Lamanda Sep 28, 2012 07:07 AM

                              Exactly. When I was there, I saw the same thing :(

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                                justsayn RE: Lamanda Sep 28, 2012 07:09 AM

                                Renovating their financing maybe?

                                Either way, get off the couch and stop tweeting and put a sign on your door for the people who are trying to shop there. So arrogant.

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                                  kwass RE: justsayn Sep 28, 2012 07:12 AM

                                  I so totally agree...with everything you just said. In terms of your comment on their finances, money has to be what this is about.

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                              justsayn RE: kwass Sep 28, 2012 07:13 AM

                              The Spadina location was closed suddenly too but it was purchased by a new owner and subsequently re-opened. So this is deja vu on Spadina.

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                                kwass RE: justsayn Sep 28, 2012 07:18 AM

                                It's so odd. Their food is so good and the atmosphere is awesome, and it's always packed in there. Why do they continue to have so many problems?

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            el.porco RE: Lamanda Sep 29, 2012 07:56 AM

            The store was never closed for renovations. It was initially closed for 2 days over the long weekend to repair the plumbing. However the lease expired that same weekend and new terms had not been reached yet. The landlords leasing agent decided to lock the doors without notice until a new lease agreement had been finalized. The employees and owners have not been allowed access therefore unable to post anything on the window. Especially since nobody knew what the outcome would be. It was hoped for the closure to only take a few days but legal issues are never that easy to resolve. We are very sorry for any inconvinience but it has been out of our hands. Stay tuned to twitter and Facebook for updates.

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              justxpete RE: el.porco Sep 29, 2012 08:08 AM

              Thanks for the update - we collectively panic every time the doors close temporarily. Maybe time to find a new location? Say, maybe... Liberty Village!?!

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                kwass RE: justxpete Sep 29, 2012 08:28 AM

                Nooo. Not liberty village. This location is perfect!

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                  justxpete RE: kwass Sep 29, 2012 09:06 AM

                  Err, have you ever tried parking at Le Gourmand? I'm guessing not...

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                    kwass RE: justxpete Sep 29, 2012 09:49 PM

                    Actually, I have tried parking @ Le Gourmand, and you're right, it's next to impossible. But more often than not, I take public transit to get down there...as do most people in that area. I think that because of it's location, Le Gourmand appeals mainly to those who work in the area. And, it's always busy, which means it's in a great location. But, if you really have to drive down there, you can always find parking on Queen.

                    As for Liberty Village, it's so far out of the way. Queen and Spadina is so much more central.

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                      kwass RE: kwass Sep 29, 2012 09:52 PM

                      By the way, now that I've heard their explanation for closing and not informing the customers, I feel horrible for bad mouthing them and jumping to conclusions.

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                        justsayn RE: kwass Sep 30, 2012 12:16 AM

                        Why do you feel so horrible? Did you really say anything that bad? They closed for plumbing repairs but no sign was put up on the inside at that point. They could have put a sign on the door from the outside afterward as I am sure people wouldn't rip it down. They also could have tweeted with some better info. So I am not sure they were all that worried about their customers. Landlord disputes can drag on or get ugly so hopefully they figure that out soon!

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                          kwass RE: justsayn Sep 30, 2012 03:40 AM

                          Thanks justsayn. You're right. Now I don't feel as bad.

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                        abigllama RE: kwass Sep 30, 2012 01:25 AM

                        LG is also super Bixi friendly for those of us living downtown. Three stations in close proximity.

                        Please don't let those chocolate chip cookies go away.

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                          el.porco RE: kwass Sep 30, 2012 11:17 AM

                          There's a parking lot attached to the building we are on. Just behind us accessible through Richmond just west of spadina. Hope that helps.

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                            justxpete RE: el.porco Sep 30, 2012 11:34 AM

                            Sometimes I park in the back where it says restricted parking.. shhhhhh :P

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                              kwass RE: justxpete Sep 30, 2012 01:30 PM

                              I've parked in the alley when I'm just running in for a minute...shhh as well...lol!

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                                el.porco RE: kwass Sep 30, 2012 02:05 PM

                                The alley will get you a hefty ticket. Park behind if you're in and out. Shhh ;)

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                                  kwass RE: el.porco Oct 1, 2012 06:57 AM

                                  thanks!

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                              kwass RE: el.porco Sep 30, 2012 01:30 PM

                              Never knew about the parking. That's really good to know.

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                                magic RE: kwass Oct 1, 2012 06:55 AM

                                For me as well :)

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                                  Wil RE: magic Oct 1, 2012 08:05 AM

                                  Everyone here is awesome as parking to get there is HORRIBLE, but a few tips make me a happier camper :)

                  2. kwass RE: Lamanda Oct 9, 2012 06:03 PM

                    Was just on Twitter, and apparently they've re-opened. Yay!!

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