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Mar 9, 2012

The End of an Era - The Pending Demolition of the House of Chan Tavern

For those who grew up in Toronto in the area of Bathurst and Eglinton West, and enjoyed the occasional dinner at the legendary House of Chan Tavern, the memories of those dinners may be all that remains as this fall the Toronto Transit Commission announced that it will need to demolish the House of Chan to make way for a new LRT station in 2014.


Last week, the Globe and Mail newspaper ran an article on the  House of Chan Tavern that was opened in 1957 or 1958 by a gentleman named Irv Howard. 


 Since that time, the House of Chan became synonymous with great steak and seafood dining with family and friends in an atmosphere and decor that remained  virtually unchanged.  It also was a favorite meeting spot of many of Toronto's elite business community, where numerous business deals were discussed and negotiated over a fine meal and a few drinks.


As the now former Indianapolis Colts star quarterback, Payton Manning said this past Wednesday at his press conference when it was announced that his time in Indianapolis was over: "We all know that nothing lasts forever. Times change, circumstances change," and so indeed, it is the same for the House of Chan Tavern.


What about you?  Do you have fond memories of the dinner with family or friends or business associates at the House of Chan Tavern?


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