Memories of Sadie’s Diner in Toronto

We ate our last meal at Sadie’s Diner last weekend. Sadies is was a vegan-friendly meatless restaurant that had been open since 2006, but now it’s closed. I’ve always seen it as an institution in Toronto and was a little surprised it wasn’t open even longer, but it probably helps that I have never known a Toronto without Sadie’s. Sadie’s Diner was one of the first vegan-friendly restaurants I went to in Toronto on my first 48hr visit to Toronto back in 2008, and was one of the first spots I visited when I arrived in 2010 (on the post-university “visit” that has extended to the present.) Known for their all-day-breakfasts, bright teal diner tables, and a huge wall of Pez (the owner Al is a serious collector), this spot did more than serve food – it was home to fundraisers, and art shows and community meetings, and more, and I hope that there will be other local vegan businesses that pick up the torch on the Vegan-Food-For-Charity front, because that level of thoughtfulness and community involvement will be missed. I remember the very first Chili-For-Charity fundraiser I attended (which was also the first time JC and I went to Sadie’s together) back…

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Chili for Charity at Sadie’s Diner – IFAW Northern Dog Project

Once again Sadie’s Diner, in association with Holly’s Hope: For Animals In Need, presents all-you-can eat vegan chili for a good cause. A suggested donation of $10 gets you all the vegan chili and chips you can eat with 100% of donations going to IFAW’s Northern Dog Project. For the dogs who are unwanted in remote and under-served Canadian communities, there is nowhere to turn. IFAW’S Northern Dogs Project helps to find nurturing homes through foster families & rescue partners. Saving Lives, one Northern Dog at a time. www.ifaw.org/northerndogs For more information about this event, contact Holly’s Hope: hollyshopeforanimalsinneed@gmail.com or http://www.hollyshopeforanimalsinneed.com/

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