COFFEE SHOP THAT WOOED TOM HANKS, RYAN GOSLING, SET TO CLOSE AT MONTH’S END

“No amount of press or success makes us immune from the perils of small business ownership,” Murray wrote in a notice to customers.

Ryan Gosling, left, visited Grinder Coffee in Toronto after an internet campaign caught his attention. (Grinder Coffee/Facebook)

The east-end coffee shop that gained film-fest fame for enticing Tom Hanks and Ryan Gosling in for a cup of joe is closing down.

The independent cafe Grinder, which became the talk of the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), will shut down October 27 after five years in its Leslieville location following a lease dispute with its landlord.

“It’s heartbreaking, because as a small-business owner you work so hard, and it’s almost like your second child,” owner Joelle Murray told CTV News Toronto on Monday.

The coffee shop rose to fame in 2018 when it convinced Ryan Gosling to frequent it during the film festival; then this past September it successfully lobbied Tom Hanks to do the same.

“No amount of press or success makes us immune from the perils of small business ownership,” Murray wrote in a notice to customers.

She told CTV Toronto the commercial rent cost has been a major hurdle in staying afloat.

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