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Poutini’s House of Poutine has been a Queen West staple for over 10 years but recently, their shop on Queen West has been closed down and a 'For Lease' sign has appeared in its window. The closure was confirmed by a former employee of the restaurant.
For many years, Poutini's was the go-to place for a melty cheese curd gravy smothered plate of deliciousness. People would go here for an indulgent meal or for a late night snack after leaving one of many Queen West bars. With bars being closed and Toronto's night life almost coming to a complete halt, Poutini's prime hours of service were no longer.
Poutini's was known for their delicious poutine made with with hand-cut fries, locally sourced curds and plenty of toppings. It was a lively place at almost any hour of the day and it had hard working staff and notable regulars. We are sad to see a favourite go after all this time. Poutini's owner, Frederic Laliberté, also owns Bobbie Sue's Mac and Cheese just off of Ossington on Foxley Street. It is a neighbourhood staple and go-to spot for many mac and cheese fanatics and we hope that this spot remains open.
As restaurants slowly reopen and Toronto enters Stage 2, the city can only hope that the restaurants and bars that make up the essence of the city survive and begin to thrive again. For now, we say farewell to Poutini's and think about the thousands of hospitality workers citywide that have lost their jobs as a result of temporary or permanent restaurant closures.