Toronto restaurant owner’s ice sculpture gives King Street pilot project middle finger

“We went to our credit card processing company. They looked at the eating establishments from Bathurst all the way to Simcoe … and it came out to about 41.2 per cent decline year on year,” Tony Elenis, president and CEO of the Ontario Restaurant Hotel and Motel Association, said.

Stakeholders want the City of Toronto to lift those restrictions between 7 p.m. and 7 a.m. on weekdays, as well as all day on weekends. The City didn’t agree to that, but officials aren’t ruling it out yet either. They have asked for time to allow staff to assess the impact of such a change on transit schedules.

However, many on Toronto city council said the potential gains aren’t worth the pain.

Earlier this week, Mayor John Tory also announced a promotional event for the area’s restaurants and a write-in contest for suggestions on how to use the public space to the side of the street to “animate” the test area. Among the ways to increase activity in the area, officials proposed putting in art installations and bringing in street performers.

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