A Toronto local blog about living, playing and working on Queens Quay, Toronto's waterfront

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Eat local: Goodbye big buffet as Town & Country leaves Queens Quay

Another one bites the dust. Town & Country Buffet, in its heyday, had more than a few locations in the Toronto area. In recent years, we've witnessed the gradual decline of the one on Queens Quay, just east of Jarvis.

Remember buffets? Town & Country was the king. One low price and lots of food. And even in more recent years, it was still apparently humming -- although with hordes of tour buses. The Star sent a reviewer to sample the fare

It is, however, filling, convenient, plentiful and cheap ($10.99 for lunch). This is surely what drew three busloads of tourists to the gigantic railway-themed spot on a recent weekday. And I didn't see anyone complaining as they returned for second and third helpings at the American-style buffet.

The building is set in "authentic rail cars"

We noticed the closed for maintenance signs recently, and when we did a little digging, we find that actually, it's not coming back. The site is apparently part of the East Bayfront project.

Their website breaks the news:

It is with great sadness that we announce the closure of Town & Country Buffet. Our buffet has been a destination for tourists and Torontonians alike for 60 years. The City of Toronto has not renewed our lease and is clearing our harbourfront lot to make a park.

We are in the process of searching for a suitable new downtown location and hope to reopen sometime in 2009. Please check back for updates. We would like to thank the thousands of loyal customers that have chosen to dine with us over the many years.

1 comment:

  1. How very disappointing it was to see the town and country buffet is gone. Where does one park a train? How about in a park. Come on toronto. why not keep these great people pleasers.


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