After nearly two centuries in Toronto, the future of the Black Bull Tavern is questionable.
The building at 298 Queen Street West, where the tavern has been located for the past 185 years, has been listed for sale, just months after the death of its long-time owner.
Following the death of the bar’s long-time owner this summer, the family has decided to exit the business, and the Black Bull has been listed for sale at an unknown price.
Janine Bartels, the granddaughter of late former CFL player and owner Bobby Taylor (who died in August), informed the media that in September that the property would be listed soon.
“I really hope whoever takes over the property does something special with it,” Bartels added.
Due to the building’s existing heritage restrictions, any buyer looking to renovate may face problems. The Black Bull Tavern, which is located in a Heritage recognized District, is also recognized under Parts IV and V of the Ontario Heritage Act and is on the City of Toronto’s Heritage Register.
While blocks to the south have seen massive vertical construction in recent decades, Queen Street’s low-rise character has stayed intact, limiting development prospects for this site even further.
The most likely choices for whoever buys the house are renovation and conversion.
In the meantime, patrons of the Black Bull can relax because no closing date for the popular watering place has been declared.
The tavern has faced its fair share of difficulties in recent years, including a three-alarm fire in 2011 that mainly spared the bar but burned the apartments above, as well as surviving the citywide lockdown in 2020 and 2021.
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