One of Bloor West’s newest restaurant cafes will be opening an outdoor patio.
Etobicoke York Community Council voted last week to approve a boulevard cafe permit for Baka Cafe Lounge & Gallery on Bloor Street West at Beresford Avenue.
Owners of Baka Cafe Inc. appealed to the city’s municipal licensing and standards (MLS) department after MLS staff refused their boulevard cafe application following a public poll that showed more nearby owners and tenants than not were opposed to it.
Area Councillor Sarah Doucette moved a motion to allow Baka owners to operate the patio on two conditions: it close nightly before 11 p.m. and it be approved for one year, at which time the permit will be reviewed by MLS staff.
Councillors approved her motion.
“I don’t mind approving them as long as there are restrictions,” Doucette explained of her motion in an interview.
The closure by 11 p.m. restriction addresses concerns over amplification of music, Doucette said, further aided by a TTC property that acts as a buffer between the cafe and nearby residential homes.
A concrete pad outside makes the restaurant patio-ready, requiring no digging and therefore, no damage to two existing trees, she added.
This is the third approved boulevard cafe permit in the neighbourhood, the councillor confirmed.
Comment from Baka Cafe owners was not available prior to Villager deadline.
But Doucette said the owners have made considerable investments in the building’s renovation, including “green” upgrades, including lighting and heating.
“I like to be green. It sounds like they’re a very green company. I’d like to give them a shot,” she said. “There are some empty stores in Bloor West. Leases run out and then the rents skyrocket. I want to encourage people to come to Bloor West and to stay.”