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Lately, it seems that when your favourite local restaurants close, it’s either due to the devastating effects COVID-19 has had on our economy or to the city’s never-ending condo development. In this case, the Beet Organic Kitchen & Bar, one of the Junction’s beloved organic cafés and market, has announced that it will be closing on February 28 due to redevelopment of the site it currently calls home.
Opened in 2006 by certified nutritional practitioner Michelle Vella and holistic doctor Heather Osler, the Beet is a neighbourhood favourite for farm-fresh, organic fare and groceries. The menu, stacked with an array of good-for-you dishes, runs the gamut from nutrient-packed smoothies and brunch dishes to hearty burgers and bowls fit for vegan, vegetarian or carnivorous palates.
Recently, Noctua Bread, a micro-bakery offering handmade breads and laminated viennoiseries, has also been operating out of the Beet.
Though the Beet will be forced to shutter its current home due to condo development plans, Vella assures that this is a hiatus, not a permanent closure. The owners are actively looking for a new location in the city to accommodate the business.
Though the Junction is their first choice, Vella says the pair are willing to relocate if they find the right space elsewhere. Ideally, Vella and Osler hope to find a large space that will allow them to accommodate a commissary kitchen to support the takeout side of the business.
Noctua Bread will continue to operate from a ghost kitchen until it finds a permanent home.