A longtime destination for a good hearty meal in the west beaches, one of the city’s oldest diners, The Tulip Steakhouse announced New Year’s Day on Facebook that after ninety years it has no alternative but to close up shop due to another rent increase. A common issue in Toronto and the GTA.
“It is with great sadness that we must announce that The Tulip has closed,” the owners wrote candidly on Facebook. “Unfortunately, business conditions have changed regarding our lease agreement in ways we can no longer accommodate, and we have been left with no choice.”
Their facebook post reads:
To our wonderful guests, regulars and “Tulip Family”
Thank you for all your support over three decades. It is your patronage that has allowed us to do what we love for so long, and to be as much a part of our lives as we have been in yours.
It is with great sadness that we must announce that The Tulip has closed. Unfortunately, business conditions have changed regarding our lease agreement in ways we can no longer accommodate, and we have been left with no choice.
While this may be the end of this chapter, a new one is only a page turn away.
The Tulip’s facebook post also suggested that the rate hike was as much as $10,000 per month. Their post received a large volume of comments and reaction from its loving patrons and followers.
“Hoping for good news of a new location soon,” one customer wrote. “It’s not the neighbourhood without the Tulip.”
If you live in Toronto’s Beaches/Queen East communities, chances are you have dined at The Tulip on many occasion. Open for hearty breakfasts, lunch or dinner, The Tulip served good-sized portion comfort food in a down-to-earth casual family dining atmosphere.
Interestingly, their posts reads like they may open up elsewhere where the rent may be ore “Accommodating.” For Toronto and particularly the Beaches community let’s hope it happens and is nearby.
The Tulip has changed has seen many owners over its 90 years of existence, but has been owned owned by the Liu family. The original Tulip opened in 1929 on the Danforth before moving to Queen and Coxwell where its patrons have been leaving happy and satisfied since the 1980’s.