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Kensington Market staple Moo Frites has closed its doors permanently after six years of operation. Since March 2020, restaurant owner Ambrose Lee was forced to shut the doors of his restaurant due to COVID-19. Without tourists visiting the market, there were substantially fewer pedestrians and foot traffic to sustain the business.
The decision has come with a heavy heart and owner Ambrose Lee has written a long goodbye on the restaurant's website. He thanks friends, family, staff and all his customers for the years of dedication and support that allowed the business to remain open in Toronto's sometimes unforgiving restaurant industry. Moo Frites was consistently recognized as one of the best French fry and poutine destinations in the city and it is sad to see them go.
As the city enters Stage 3, we hope that restaurant owners can safely reopen their doors and get back onto their feet and hopefully begin to return to profits from pre-COVID days. The landscape on the city's restaurant scene is altogether evolving with all these closures.
"Throughout the past six years, we have met and served so many wonderful friends and neighbours. Kensington is an amazing neighbourhood, and we are superbly proud to say, "we're from the Market." Thank you for giving us lifetime memories that will never be forgotten. It has been our home, and we will miss you dearly, Kensington Market," Ambrose shares in his heartfelt goodbye on the restaurant's website.
"When one door closes, another door opens," Ambrose writes. We look forward to seeing any future endeavours the Moo Frites family gets up to.