In the three years I’ve lived in the area around Bathurst and College Sts., it’s been a neighbourhood in flux. The strip of shops, restaurants and bars on College west of Bathurst are a null space – not quite Kensington Market, not quite Little Italy, overshadowed by both.
Lacking any concrete neighbourhood identity, storefronts have changed time and again. With the exception of Sneaky Dee’s and a few other mainstays, stores on the strip have appeared destined to turn over within six months. Recently, there’s been a marked change in the beleaguered stretch.
Once-failing pubs, greasy spoons and too-cheap-to-survive Chinese buffets have transformed into successful businesses, drawing vibrancy to Bathurst and College at last.
Leading the change is Manic Coffee, which has gained a loyal core of aficionados in less than a year. It opened in September and now past the six-month threshold, it’s still going strong.