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Apr 12th, 2011, 02:16 PM
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Toronto restaurant with royal pottys

I just logged onto Canada fvorum and saw the thread
Fran's restaurant in Toronto by BAK
and I couldn't believe it! I came to ask about restaurant which name I don't know!!!

It is the most famous (I was told) restaurant in Toronto where you will be taken if you are on a tour. It is like a museum. It has a room that displays world royalty pottys...

I hope I am not hijacking BAKs thread. What is that restaurant c`alled?
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Apr 12th, 2011, 07:23 PM
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The most likely restaurant with Royal Pottys would have been Old Ed's, one of Ed Mirvish's restaurants on King Street West.

At one time there were three or four restaurants, plus a museum upstairs over one of them.

Ed's Warehouse was famous for steaks and roast beef, and the fact that men needed to wear a jacket and tie. The restaurangt hadsome it would loan to custopmers.

Downstairss under Ed's warehousechanged a few times.

Ed's Seafood was downstairs -- the best reasonably priced lobster in Toronto. And Ed's Chinese was there at other times.

Jut west, on the other side of Duncan Stret, still on King St. West, was Old Ed's. It was famouse for lower prices, more casual service, and tghe fact that most of the wait staff were nearing, or past, conventional retirement age.

As tasgtes and trends changed, they all closed except for Old Ed's, and part of it became the Toronto Press Club, which if the rest of the restgaurant was crowded, would take overflow customers.

I had, more or less, my own table in The Toronto Press Club. It would be held for me until 12:30. Ed Mirvish usually ate, with his friend and restaurant manager Yale Simpson, two tables away.

All his restaurants were packed with antiques. Full suits of armor, syatues of all types, giant vases, a car, and much more.

Up a wide staircase was a museum packed with opther antiques -- if you wanted to buy a horse from a merry-go-round, this was the place to go. Plus, Ed being Ed, you could also buy old plates and tea pots from the restaurant and old costumes from the theatres he owned.

Ed kept the Old Ed restaurant running until Yale Simpson died, partly because Ed and Yale wanted a job to keep Yale busy (he was in his 80s) and partly because they needed a place to have lunch.

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Apr 13th, 2011, 05:43 AM
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You forgot to mention the frozen peas...
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Apr 18th, 2011, 02:04 PM
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So it is no more?
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Apr 19th, 2011, 06:31 AM
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All of Ed's restaurants are gone, as is Ed himself.

The basement under where Old Ed's used to be is now a branch of the Montreal Deli, Dunn's. A good place, but no antiques.

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