THE COFFEE MILL, ONE OF TORONTO’S FIRST PATIO RESTAURANTS, HAS CLOSED

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It was a gathering place for journalists, writers like Margaret Atwood, Carol Shields, Greg Gatenby, film makers, poets, Leonard Cohen and regular folks who were just searching for great coffee and something good to eat.

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In 1963, decent coffee was practically unknown in TORONTO, and there were no outdoor patios. THE COFFEE MILL broke the mould – first at long-gone LOTHIAN MEWS off Bloor Street West, and then in a Yorkville courtyard.  There it became a popular hangout for movie people during the Toronto International Film Festival.

After 50 years in business the restaurant closed its doors on September 7.

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POSTCARD ABOVE – Lothian Mews, Save The Children Fountain and The Coffee Mill/1971,  http://www.chuckmantorontonostalgia.wordpress.com

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