My Gay Tortonto - We Recommend


- BY Lee Fancy

The Summer is upon us and the landmark, 66-seat patio at the corner of Church and Maitland is calling all sun and beer lovers, this time as the Church St. Garage ,  replacing what was The Village Rainbow restaurant and the short-lived Big Johnson’s.

Where would a grease monkey like to drink? Probably here, given the black-and-silver metal, concrete and granite motif. Large garage tool drawers act as workbenches for the servers as they dart to and fro across the terrazzo floor. It’s function over fashion here, and proof that despite the failure of previous establishments at this location, owner Fatima Oliveira aims to stay for quite a while. The Reno took nearly five months to blow out the venue into an airy, space-friendly bar where the glass garage-doors will lift, offering a fresh summer breeze for those inside and out. If you’re looking for downtown outdoor drinking and dining, Church St. Garage may just be the place this season.

With eight big-brand taps here, staff says the Rolling Rock and Stella Artois are big movers. Mixed drinks are often vodka-based and automotive-themed in name

The menus offers the usual items for Breakfast ,Lunch and Dinner. Inside you can reserve the “Blu Lounge” is a small seating area of couches. You can call to reserve, at no extra charge if you inquire within.

Its great to see this spot no longer empty and give residents another choice to people watch and sit in shade drinking your favorite beer.

Church St. Garage, 477 Church St. , 9 a.m.- 2 a.m., 7 days a week , 647-352-5508