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.
“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.