Parkdale moratorium isn’t only affecting new businesses. When Grand Electric started expanding into the second floor of its building last year, the last thing anyone expected was for the plans to come to a crashing halt. Now, thanks to the moratorium, the 40-seat expansion has been suspended.">

Grand Electric’s planned expansion has been suspended


Published:

Looks like that Parkdale moratorium isn’t only affecting new businesses. When Grand Electric started expanding into the second floor of its building last year, the last thing anyone expected was for the plans to come to a crashing halt. Now, thanks to the moratorium, the 40-seat expansion has been suspended.

“As far as I know, we did everything right,” says co-owner Ian McGrenaghan. Permits were dealt with ahead of the bylaw, he says, and construction was pretty much completed on the upstairs space. “The next thing we know, ‘Sorry…’”

Feeling blindsided, the kids at Grand Electric may decide to fight the suspension, which would, of course, require dealing with lawyers and legal bureaucracy. If the suspension isn’t fought, it will likely last until the moratorium is lifted.   

“Right now we’re exploring our options,” McGrenaghan says, “and focusing on getting the wait times down.”

Fortunately, Grand Electric will soon be offering lunch service seven days a week. The first weekday lunch will begin this Thursday, running 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., with dinner starting at 5:30 p.m.

And what about rumours that the Grand Electric team is working on a new location?

“I don’t know anything about that,” McGrenaghan says.  

Guess we’ll just have to keep our fingers crossed for Grand Electric part deux.

Edit Module

Join the conversation and have your say by commenting below. Our comment system uses a Facebook plugin. Please note that you'll have to turn off some ad-blockers in order to see the comments.

Edit Module

Follow us on Twitter @PostCity for more on what to eat, where to shop and what to do in Toronto.

Edit ModuleShow Tags

You may also like...

 Poke: The Hawaiian dish with punch

Poke: The Hawaiian dish with punch

Shoushin’s Jackie Lin on where to find the best poke in Toronto.
Posted 1 day ago
First Look: Forno Cultura adds grab-and-go location at First Canadian Place

First Look: Forno Cultura adds grab-and-go location at First Canadian Place

Forno Cultura, an authentic Italian bakery, has opened in First Canadian Place. Andrea Mastrandrea established the brand in April 2013 with a large production-and-retail space on King West near Portland.
Posted 2 days ago
Yonge & Eg’s Dutch snack bar is the place to sip on gin

Yonge & Eg’s Dutch snack bar is the place to sip on gin

Posted 3 days ago
Five things you need to know about Shake Shack setting up show in downtown Toronto today

Five things you need to know about Shake Shack setting up show in downtown Toronto today

Shake Shack is having a one-day pop-up event in Toronto at Momofuku.
Posted 3 days ago
Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleEdit Module