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Restaurant type

  • Coffee Shop,

Cuisine type

  • Asian,
  • Fusion,
  • Thai,

Dishes

  • Health Food,

Features

  • Restaurant With Wifi Internet,
  • Wheelchair-accessible Restaurant,
  • Restaurant With Terrace,
  • Restaurant With Bar,

Atmosphere

  • Romantic,

Languages Spoken

  • English,
Location
208 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M5V 1Z2
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  • $11 To $25,

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Meet the owner

Mention the Queen Mother Café to any Torontonian, and you'll almost certainly have stirred warm memories. The restaurant has been a fixture of the Osgoode Station area since 1978.

It's the ultimate in comfort food, and co-owner André Rosenbaum had coziness and quirkiness in mind from the moment the restaurant opened decades ago. André and his business partner, David Stearn, were both lawyers looking for a change of career — something arty and eclectic. Along with André’s sister Anique, they opened an 18-seater at 206 Queen Street West — a mere third of the footprint of the Queen Mother Café today.

“We had no idea what we were doing,” reminisces André about the Queen Mother Café’s first days. “We had a kitchen that was so small that if you stood in the middle, you could pick up a clean dish at the sink, swivel 15 degrees to get the food off one of our two burners, and swivel again and hand the order out the window to the server!”

Luckily for its many long-time customers, the café has since expanded into the two neighbouring addresses and now incorporates a full-sized kitchen. It also spills out into a beautiful, ivied oasis of a back patio.

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