Beloved Toronto hot spot Fran’s Restaurant has been forced to permanently close its doors after getting evicted by their landlord, according to an interview with blogTO.
“As a family-run small business, we have worked tirelessly over the course of the pandemic to do our best to keep our employees working and to continue to provide Torontonians with the comfort food they have come to know and love,” Fran’s explain on Instagram.
On December 31st, 2020, the Fran’s on Front location will shut down permanently. While Fran’s has been around at Yonge and St. Claire since 1940, the Front Street location is the franchise’s youngest, opening its doors back in August 2010.
Iconic Toronto establishment Fran's Restaurant to permanently close one of its downtown locations, citing 'uncooperative landlord' and COVID-19 measures https://t.co/D6PyZztOR8 pic.twitter.com/wTsr5OyRnZ
— CityNews Toronto (@CityNews) December 16, 2020
According to the interview with blogTO, restaurant co-owner Roger Kim explains that they’re being forced to close after getting an eviction notice from their landlord. “This was not inevitable. We paid our rent and never missed a payment over the last 10 years. When CERS was announced in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we were waiting on the relief to come into play,” Kim explains.
In October, Fran’s asked for a bit more time on rent, however the landlord’s response was not as accommodating as it had been in the first lockdown. “Instead of working with us, they issued us a formal notice on November 5th to vacate the premises by December 31st, 2020.”
“We want to appeal to the general public to continue to support local businesses in the best way they can,” Fran’s continues in their Instagram statement. “Supporting local is such an important tool in helping the businesses you love stay open.”
Read the statement in full below.