The wait it over friends.
TOMORROW – Tuesday June 2nd – Toronto’s Bean and Baker Malt Shop OFFICIALLY open their doors for business!!
Owners Liezel and Brennan Anderson, a husband and wife team, invite you into their mom n’ pop style establishment for an experience that is nostalgic as it is charming.
Team Bean and Baker decided to move the Grand Opening to early June, when the massive demand during their soft opening week SOLD OUT of their entire supply of ice cream without making it through an entire business day. 🙂
Clearly, a good sign of things to come … Torontonians know what they want. And they want what Bean and Baker Malt Shop’s got!
I was lucky enough to be invited to an exclusive blogger sneak-peek event last week, along with friend and fellow blogger Liz, from The Vintage Inn.
So here’s the inside scoop on what you can expect from this lovely little gem-of-a-spot in a great neighbourhood of Toronto.
The 16-seat establishment is charming and decorated in a retro 1950’s style. Customers can sit inside or grab-and-go.
Also, there are rumours that a few picnic benches may pop-up over the summer too. 😉
It features an open-concept kitchen and Soda Jerks behind the counter complete with a bowtie and a smile, as they provide good, honest food and drinks with top-notch quality ingredients.
Being a blogger definitely has its perks 😉
We were offered a sampling of all the amazing treats which included savouries like Wisey’s mini mince beef & cheese pies, veggie savoury pie and the veggie quiche.
Then came sweets! ❤
There was the warm cherry pie pocket, dark chocolate eclair, and the old school PB&J pie.
And last, but certainly not least, the Hello Dolly Square – O.M.G. so good!
The menu also features premium coffee, ice cream, floats and milkshakes.
Ice Cream Sundaes made anyway you like and with any kind of Ed’s Ice Cream.
It was this evening that I discovered the Burnt Marshmallow flavour. And let me tell ya folks, it is life changing! I have no idea how I’ve gotten through 30+ years of living without knowledge of this ice cream flavour …
Viva la Burnt Marshmallow! Mmmmmmmmm!
Is it just me, or is anybody wondering what the heck ‘malt’ actually is?
Well…according to wiseGeek:
The term malt comes from the malted milk that made the shops famous. Brothers James and William Horlick invented malted milk in the 1880s. The concoction is a mixture of malted barley, wheat flour, and whole milk that is dried to a powder form. It was originally invented for use with infants and invalids to be an easy source of nutrition, something akin to powdered baby formulaor milk. The taste found popularity in soda shops, and even greater popularity when mixed with ice cream.
Here they are – Malt Shakes made with whatever ice cream your little heart desires! These were in mini form for the blogger event – yours will come in the traditional size 😉
One of the coolest things about Bean and Baker is their handmade sodas made by authentic Soda Jerks, with flavours ranging from Root ‘n Cola, Gramp’s Ginger, Real Orange, and Hibiscus.
Thank you to everyone at Bean and Baker for making this event so delicious and so much fun!
If you’d like to read the Bean and Baker Malt Shop official news release and The Vintage Inn’s review, click here.
“10 Most Anticipated Restaurant Openings of 2015” This retro malt shop is slated to open this spring at 326 Harbord St., the address formerly occupied by the Bickford Flexitarian (and before that Linuxcaffe). The shop to be stocked with old school soda fountains, ice cream, baked goods and confections. – Blogto.com
What a cool, fun addition to the TO vintage landscape!!! You got to get to there!!! 😀
Bean and Baker Malt Shop is located at: 326 Harbord St, in Toronto
Hours of operation are Tuesday – Saturday: 11 am 9 pm, Sunday: 11 am 7 pm, Monday Closed.
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Photo credit: Liz of The Vintage Inn