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The Metropolis Factory in the Junction Triangle is a really cool place! Not only is the building that Metropolis Factory is located, my dream home, they also have plenty of eye candy to look at and buy for your home. So you can imagine I was excited to hear that the co-owner, Marco Pecota, is opening a restaurant in this space. Now before the ball actually gets rolling, there was a community meeting held last night at Metropolis for the residents to come and voice their concerns and hear about the plan. Here is a recap of the meeting:

Metropolis Factory community meeting

The Restaurant:

  • will be called The Factory Bistro
  • located at 50 Edwin Ave
  • seating for 120
  • family restaurant with enough space for strollers
  • family friendly pricing
  • kids menu
  • best in gastronomia from Italy & worldwide
  • serving an assortment of pizza, pannini, fresh breads, olive oil dips & tapenades
  • will be applying for a liquor license
  • will be serving espresso
  • open from 8am to catch the coffee crowd and closed by 11pm
  • initially will serve breakfast, lunch and dinners some nights
  • will serve ice cream and smoothies in the summertime
  • will offer free, filtered, cold water to cyclist from the Railpath
  • 7 year commitment with the restaurant
  • ambient music and live music at times
  • not wanting it to be a bar
  • expected opening May 2014

Metropolis factory restaurant


  • parking was a major one considering it’s already hard to find parking on Edwin and a lot of residents on Edwin don’t have designated parking spots, me being one of them
  • thinking of turning the space in front of the building into 5 parking spots (pending city approval) plus back parking lot for a total of 17 potential parking spots on the premises
  • wants to make an access point from the Railpath to ease driving congestion
  • noise, people smoking and hanging around outside, concern for residents located very close to Metropolis
  • Marco proposed making a designated smoking area towards the back of the parking lot, away from the houses
  • councillor Ana Bailao informed us that Edwin Ave will be made a one way street going north with speed bumps to ease traffic and parking congestion

All in all, most residents who attended the meeting are excited at the prospect of a family restaurant in the neighbourhood that is walking distance, but they are also cautious, which is fair. In the past the residents have been upset with the Metropolis Factory for all the late night events that were held. Marco started off the meeting by apologizing to everyone for those events and promised there would be no more and he has kept his word. Marco was more then willing to listen to everyone’s concerns and ideas of how to make this work and I respect him for that.  I think as long as The Factory Bistro sticks to the original plan of the restaurant and all the precautions that were mentioned at last nights meeting are taken, the new restaurant will be embraced with open arms by the whole community. And from a real estate perspective, lets be honest,  it will do more good to property values in the area then bad.

What are your thoughts? Are you excited? Do you think you’ll give it a try?

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