HOME > Chowhound > Ontario (inc. Toronto) >

Haymishe Bagel Shop - Fire

magic Jan 27, 2013 12:05 PM

Yikes. Sad. Not sure of the damages but it doesn't sound good. No injuries it seems.


  1. Click to Upload a photo (10 MB limit)
  1. kwass RE: magic Jan 27, 2013 12:44 PM

    That's horrible!! That place has been around forever. I was just there getting their delicious donuts during Chanukkah. Such a shame!

    2 Replies
    1. re: kwass
      gimel RE: kwass Jan 27, 2013 01:41 PM

      I was down there with my 3yr old this morning - those photos don't really do justice to the epic scale of the conflagration. Sad day in the bagel district, but a great day for local juvenile "rescue action" enthusiasts, alas.

      1. re: gimel
        kwass RE: gimel Jan 27, 2013 01:48 PM

        i guess the only positive thing to take away from this is that they say no one was hurt.

    2. p
      peppermint pate RE: magic Jan 27, 2013 03:50 PM

      Oh no, I was driving home from Dr. Laffa and traffic was a mess around there. Then I heard the news. I love Hannah and her lovely bakery - always lovely smiles and cookies for my kids. I'm so sad to read this news. The store must have been open at the time. I hope everyone is okay and that they can rebuild.

      1. c
        CalliopeToronto RE: magic Jan 27, 2013 06:31 PM

        I was there about 30 minutes before the fire started, buying what will now be my last loaf of Haymishe rye bread :( I've been shopping there for over 30 years, since I was a teenager and my family lived in the neighbourhood. I can't believe how sad I am about this.......

        I understand it was also pretty well regarded among Torontonians with Celiac disease for its quality and variety of gluten free products - a loss in that regard too. I'm very glad no one was hurt, and I'll have to start searching for a replacement bread.

        2 Replies
        1. re: CalliopeToronto
          magic RE: CalliopeToronto Jan 27, 2013 07:11 PM

          I hope and pray they rebound from this.

          1. re: magic
            millygirl RE: magic Jan 28, 2013 03:16 AM

            I too hope they reopen. Love that place.

        2. Baelsette RE: magic Jan 28, 2013 07:38 PM

          very very sad. Always loved the challah at rosh hashanah, it was the best in the city.
          Honestly so awful for the owners, what a tragedy..

          1. y
            ylsf RE: magic Jan 29, 2013 08:58 AM

            I just realized yesterday that this is the place that I had put in my calendar to check out their "doughnuts" next year.... I had posted about it in the Doughnut thread.... darn...

            Sucks for the owner... Another business in the same strip plaza burned down a number of years ago..

            6 Replies
            1. re: ylsf
              magic RE: ylsf Jan 29, 2013 09:04 AM

              Perl's. Same plaza I believe.

              1. re: magic
                kwass RE: magic Jan 29, 2013 11:18 AM

                That's right. it's a very old building. I wonder if it has something to old/shoddy wiring?

                1. re: kwass
                  magic RE: kwass Jan 29, 2013 12:30 PM

                  Who knows..... :-(

              2. re: ylsf
                Tatai RE: ylsf Jan 29, 2013 12:27 PM

                Those sufganiyot were the absolute best in the city. I'm going to miss them, the Middle Eastern salads, the chocolate buffaloes, the onion pockets... Most of all, I'll miss the warm service. Even though I was more of a sporadic customer than a regular, the owner (the Israeli woman, I think her name is Bracha?) would always have her staff throw in an extra bread or two or some rolls "to try."

                1. re: Tatai
                  kwass RE: Tatai Jan 29, 2013 12:37 PM

                  I agree! The sufganiyot were divine!!

                  1. re: kwass
                    peppermint pate RE: kwass Jan 29, 2013 01:10 PM

                    Agree 100% with you guys - loved those Chanukah donuts so much. And the fact that you could only get them one week in the year made them all the more special. Bracha (I mistakenly wrote Chana above, but yes, it's Bracha) always threw in an extra thing for me to try as well. And if you ever asked her how something was, she always said it was the best. Their soups and chopped liver were good as well. It was just a wonderful "old school" place that evoked a lot of childhood memories for me and I now love to bring my children there for that same special bakery experience.

                    As I was reading online about the fire, I found this video about the donuts - in all the times I was there, I never knew the other owner was Bracha's husband, who was the baker. I never saw him. It was always just the group of older, funny (sometimes bickering) ladies upstairs.


              3. m
                magic RE: magic Feb 3, 2013 01:06 PM

                btw, this is the same plaza as the not-yet-open Dr. Laffa outpost.

                Dr. Laffa is like 2 doors down from Haymishe. Same building.

                Between Perl's which is STILL boarded up a decade later and the recently burned down Haymishe, that building looks like a missle hit it. Awful.

                4 Replies
                1. re: magic
                  kwass RE: magic Feb 3, 2013 01:15 PM

                  I knew that Dr Laffa's was opening @ Bathurst and Lawrence, but I didn't realize that it was opening in that very plaza.

                  1. re: kwass
                    magic RE: kwass Feb 3, 2013 01:21 PM

                    Nor did I. Literally same bulding. A few units down. Maybe 20 feet.

                    Their sign is up, but not much else as of today.

                    1. re: magic
                      kwass RE: magic Feb 3, 2013 01:28 PM

                      That makes me nervouos! That building seems to have some bad energy surrounding it

                      1. re: kwass
                        magic RE: kwass Feb 3, 2013 01:51 PM

                        Possibly. :S

                2. m
                  magic RE: magic Mar 7, 2013 07:58 AM

                  Any word on updates or news?

                  2 Replies
                  1. re: magic
                    kwass RE: magic Mar 7, 2013 10:58 AM

                    I was hoping when I saw that this thread was active again that I was going to read they were re-opening. Unfortunately, I haven't heard anything yet. Like you, I've just been waiting. Hopefully we'll get some good news soon :)

                    1. re: kwass
                      magic RE: kwass Mar 7, 2013 12:45 PM

                      Ya :(

                      Very well.

                  2. mnajji RE: magic Mar 22, 2013 06:04 PM

                    Just thought I would share this very sad picture with you all.

                    12 Replies
                    1. re: mnajji
                      magic RE: mnajji Mar 23, 2013 09:29 AM

                      Thank you for posting this link on another thread!


                      According to this link, Haymishe is slated to reopen by Dec 31, 2013.

                      No idea if this is true but thanks for the info, mnajji :)

                      1. re: magic
                        mnajji RE: magic Mar 23, 2013 04:05 PM

                        Sure thing!

                        For some reason, I thought the validity of that reopening date on Yelp was already covered in this thread.. but I guess not.

                        1. re: mnajji
                          magic RE: mnajji Mar 23, 2013 07:13 PM

                          Yours was the first post I saw on a reopening. Will definitely be keeping watch :)

                          1. re: magic
                            kwass RE: magic Mar 23, 2013 08:21 PM

                            That's wonderful!! Let's hope it's true!

                        2. re: magic
                          mrzee RE: magic Apr 8, 2013 09:03 PM

                          That's terrible news, three weeks too late for Hannukah donuts :-(

                          1. re: magic
                            mrzee RE: magic Nov 24, 2013 08:55 AM

                            I saw an ad from them yesterday saying they would be opening in the spring.

                            1. re: mrzee
                              magic RE: mrzee Nov 24, 2013 11:11 AM

                              That is incredible!! Thank you for posting, mrzee.

                              Same plaza?

                              1. re: magic
                                mrzee RE: magic Nov 24, 2013 02:43 PM

                                Yes, same plaza. The ad had a number to call for update information. I didn't post it originally because I mispalced it.

                                Here it is : 416-781-4214

                                1. re: mrzee
                                  magic RE: mrzee Nov 24, 2013 04:52 PM

                                  Thanks so much! Will call for sure.

                              2. re: mrzee
                                Tatai RE: mrzee Nov 24, 2013 05:12 PM

                                Great news. That whole plaza will likely get a facelift now that a kosher supermarket is opening up where Perl's was. The facade at that end is now looking very good.

                                1. re: Tatai
                                  kwass RE: Tatai Nov 24, 2013 05:18 PM

                                  Let's just hope that the curse has been lifted!!

                                  1. re: Tatai
                                    magic RE: Tatai Nov 24, 2013 05:42 PM

                                    A kosher supermarket eh?!


                            Show Hidden Posts