King St. restaurants offering new discounts after 7pm
If you’ve been to King Street lately, it was probably on your own two feet. The stretch between Bathurst and Jarvis has been closed to cars since a pilot project launched in November. This gave cars in the area the boot (literally, you’ll get ticketed if you park there).
In the past, the sight of a TTC streetcar caught helplessly behind cars waiting to turn left on King Street was no rare thing. To try and optimize the situation, cars were banned from entering the stretch of street. Now, only pedestrians, cyclists, and TTC streetcars can regularly cruise the block.
A survey of Torontonians reported that since the pilot, more transit customers are stopping on King Street. However, it also revealed that 83% of drivers visit the street less often.
Since then, 17 different businesses on King Street have closed down. Uh oh.
As reported by CityNews, restaurant owners have been vocal about the loss of business that they’ve experienced. You may remember the middle finger ice sculpture? That beauty was put up by Kit Kat restaurant owner Al Carbone when the pilot project was announced. That’s how you say “I’m displeased” in Canadian.
Al and pals have come up with a new promotion to try and bring some traffic- pun intended- back to King Street. They’re offering a compromise with the city: allow cars after 7 PM.
The 7 After 7 deal offers special menus with $7 cocktails and appies at the following spots: The Kit Kat, Kinoya Sushi, Red Tomato, Hey Lucy, Nawlins, District Eatery, Gabby’s, Pancho Y Emiliano, and Dhaba.
The traffic compromise isn’t a thing yet. However, you can certainly walk (or train, or bike) down to King Street to take advantage of some happy hour deals!