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| May 21, 2018

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Craft brewery moves into historic Toronto site once called 'the destructor'

From Issue No. 269 | May 21, 2018

Junction Craft Brewers has taken over former Symes Road Incinerator

Bartender pours a beer at the new Junction Craft Brewers (Greg Ross/CBC)

If you are opening a new bar in Toronto, three very important things to consider are location, location, location. 

Tom Paterson, who owns Junction Craft Brewing, admits his new location is not exactly a high-traffic area. 

"Getting people here is definitely going to be a challenge," Paterson said. 

In business for seven years, the brewery is expanding its operations and moving to a new home at a historic Toronto site — the former Symes Road Incinerator. 

Paterson said the plan is to continue brewing dozens of different beers, which is the bread and butter of his business. But now he also has a bar that will be open until 2 a.m. every day of the week, and a huge event space available for rent. 

A bird's-eye view of Junction Craft Brewery's new event space. (Greg Ross/CBC News)

While the building looks great, it's in an industrial area that's not easily accessible by public transportation. That's why, Paterson said, like his beer, he's going to have to be crafty when it comes to attracting business.

Editors Notes: ACO is holding our events ceremony here in October 2018, don't miss! We're planning to move the event to a party format so more can come and go to new and interesting venues in different parts of the province.
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