Boardwalk lease needs a second look

RE: CARTER’S Landing franchise subleased at former Boardwalk Café:

First, a Tim Hortons franchise has opened in the former Boardwalk Café building this year.

Now Tuggs Inc. has sublet their lease in the same building to Carter’s Landing, a restaurant chain owned by Cara Operations which owns over 1,000. Tuggs owner George Foulidis was given a 20-year lease in 2007, with no tender process, on the premise his family-owned operation would keep franchises from moving into the prime boardwalk location.

Councillor McMahon has said publicly she is “exasperated” at this latest development.

Local residents are exasperated. We need more than exasperation from our elected representative.

Beach voters’ displeasure over how former Councillor Sandra Bussin advocated the original deal was largely responsible for her ouster and McMahon’s election in the first place. How many more liberties is Tuggs going to be allowed to take until the councillor takes action?

McMahon has an opportunity here to actually be proactive and make a commitment regarding this issue, which clearly will not go away. Now is the time to stand up before council and demand the start of the process of revoking Tuggs’ lease and a call for tenders for the location — which is what should have been done back in 2007.

Advocating summer movie nights, skating parties and Winter Stations is fine but this is a serious issue that requires real leadership.

Our councillor has a chance to right a wrong, or at least be seen to try.

M. McHenry


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2 comments

I still cannot believe that the only restaurant is owned by George Foulidis and leased out!! Why he got a 20 year lease is outrageous!!
We need cafes and restaurants and more public activity happening by the waterfront. The queen street area is dying…. Only a few restaurants are surviving and businesses are opening and closing within 6 months of occupation!! The beaches does not attract people to visit and spend $$$ … There is no more pride to live there… The homes are expensive for what – I don’t’ know… There nothing exciting and charming to live there anymore… we have a corner grocery and an another an other overpriced one down the street… What a shame!! People do not shop on Queen street… They go elsewhere…
We need to revitalize the beaches and become the envy of Toronto… bring in new restaurants to line a part of the waterfront.. where people can eat… buy ice cream and walk the boardwalks again and become a part of a vibrant community … It is very sad

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