Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Eglinton's Cantonese landmarks vanishing

Hard on news that China House at 925 Eglinton West has closed for good, comes news that House of Chan, across the street, will also close. House of Chan will fall to the wreckers ball in a couple of  years to make way for the Bathurst LRT station.  Generations of Toronto families have dined on the traditional Cantonese dishes of these two restaurants. The changes are no doubt partly due to the profusion of Chinese cuisine elsewhere in the City. It is said that the valuable property where China House thrived for more than 60 years will now be developed into a condominium.  House of Chan and a few other business on the northwest corner of Eglinton and Bathurst will come down to permit additional access to the LRT. At a public meeting before Christmas many of these details were presented to local residents.   It was revealed that a  small plaza at the northeast corner will be the site of the main station. Secondary entrance across Bathurst will require demolition of Israel's Judaica and House of Chan. A third property, Halleluia Restaurant, which is situated between House of Chan and Israel's Judaica and is now vacant, will also be torn down. A second public open house for the Bathurst Station design is scheduled for next spring.

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