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Covid Closure Kit Kat Restaurant

 

SPECIAL GRATITUDE TO KIT KAT AND THE CARBONE FAMILY FOR 40 YEARS OF OFFERING OUR COMMUNITY A FANTASTIC CUISINE * REMEMBER EVERYONE PLEASE SUPPORT SMALL BUSINESS * BUY LOCAL * CITY CENTRE * WATERFRONT * MID/UP TOWN * ETOBICOKE * HIGH PARK * DON VALLEY * EAST SIDE * SCARBOROUGH                               

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Special Tribute for Kit Kat  
Al and John Carbone                                                                   

King Street West - Toronto, Ontario  416-977-4461



Legendary KIT KAT - CLOSED DOWN !!   
http://www.kitkattoronto.com/ Goodbye Message

Where the Carbone Brothers were graced by the presence of many Celebrities and Royality over the years. 

It is so very sad to think popular "Kit KAT" and Owners Al and John Carbone  fell victim to COVID.  So many of our wonderful fine restaurants and other businesses have seen the wrath of this horrible pandemic.  The two brothers have been a fixture in the Community for almost 4 Decades.  Kit Kat with its wishing tree inside the restaurant  next to the kitchen made Kit Kat an incredibly unique restaurant.  This wonderful Italian Restaurant was the brother's identity through years of hard work and determination as they became one of the best Restaurants in the Toronto.  Saying good bye to Toronto has been extremely difficult when Al and his brother spent so many years, it was their life.  They were the Special light of the Community, customers became friends; friends become family over the years.  So many lives affected with the closing of Kit Kat Restaurant on King St. West Toronto.   Toronto Sun Article by Joe Warmington    

King Street Closure - Mayor Tory's Pilot Project

The King of Struggle is Covid but the wrath of Mayor Tory's "King Street Closure" Pilot Project had already provoked severe hardships for the Carbone's as it did to many small business owners along the strip. I met Al many years ago, always such an gentleman with a heart of gold.  He called me when Restaurant Row was on schedule to be torn down and Al challenged the Ontario Municipal Board, the decision wasn't overturned but the tear down was delayed.  Closing down traffic on King Street was the second hit to Kit Kat and fellow business owners.  The City were dictating added costs for Patio's and now preventing street parking.  Communities need local restaurants, small shops and local businesses, they add character and a unique dining and shopping experience.  Is it the right decision to "hurt" existing small businesses to move streetcar traffic vehicles better.   Al is known for his famous Ice Sculpture as he lead the way to fight the battle to save "Restaurant Row" .   
Global News Article Ryan Rocca

He arranged a hockey game right in front of  Kit Kat, we all came out to play our famous Canadian Sport on the streets of Downtown Toronto to make a point of saying "Who owns the Streets?"  I played in at game, it was an absolutely wonderful effort of Community Support!  We tried our best to no avail.  The Condo Owners Association Toronto ran a campaign through their websites.  Please view the video, pics and article on this link   Global News Article by Mark Carcasole & Nick Westoll - Ice sculpture gives Middle Finger

As the Police Cruisers beeped their horn in support of Al's attempt to help their Small Business Owners along the strip, the Streetcars had priority to cloud the Street and Restaurant Diners with Smoke!  Business Owners along King Street have put their lives on the line for decades to support the Community.   They were there before the Pilot Project - call it "Squatter's rights".     Now the channel has turned and it's not the Pilot Project shut down, it is Covid!   This fight to survive was far beyond what any business can overcome.     It' sad to see the end of an era, you are a true testament to love and appreciation to your staff, family, friends and all patrons, many who are Toronto Condo Owners here in the City.    I  know how hard you have worked so I want to include a Special Thank you everyone and to all the Reporters ho have helped Al and John through the years. See more articles below and here is the link to the Kit Kat website with Al and John's lovely appreciation letter.

Kit Kat and Al Carbone had to struggle through 3 battles     

Restaurant Row Tear Down + King Street Pilot Shut Down + the deadliest 3rd Covid
     


Warm wishes and always Al, Cathy, John and the entire Kit Kat Family  


Thank you and God Bless : ) xo

Linda Pinizzotto, DStG
Founder, CEO Condo Owners Association 



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