What’s on the menu at The Greater Good, a new craft beer bar from the owners of Get Well

What’s on the menu at The Greater Good, a new craft beer bar from the owners of Get Well

Name: The Greater Good
Neighbourhood: Wallace-Emerson
Contact: 229 Geary Ave., 647-348-2339, @thegreatergoodbar
Previously: Kitch
Owners: Jeff Barber, Julia Flood, Alan Kelley and Tim Oakley (Get Well)
Chefs: Alex Potter and Josh Spatz (North of Brooklyn Pizzeria)

The drinks

Beer, beer and more beer—specifically a rotating selection of the Ontario craft kind (with the odd Belgian sour or American IPA). Co-owner Alan Kelley says he’d like to focus on neighbourhood breweries including Blood Brothers and Indie Ale House, who share a space just a few doors down from the bar. “I’m really excited to get cool one-offs from those guys,” says Kelley. There’s also a fridge full of bottles and cans, and—if beer isn’t your thing—a stocked bar for mixed drinks.

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The food

As they do at Get Well, North of Brooklyn sells slices and full pies from open to close. It’s a symbiotic relationship: “They like their pizza paired with beer, and we like our beer paired with pizza,” says Kelley. Unlike at the Dundas West bar however, The Greater Good gets a lot of families coming in for dinner—kids get to enjoy pizza and old-timey arcade games, and parents are afforded some precious pint time.

Everything is made on site in an adorable house-shaped (but closet-sized) kitchen. Everything is made on site in an adorable house-shaped (but closet-sized) kitchen.
 

 
The Killer Bee is topped with spicy calabrese sausage, serrano peppers, pickled red onions and honey. $16. The Killer Bee is topped with spicy calabrese sausage, serrano peppers, pickled red onions and honey. $16.
 

The space

It’s a much brighter and airier version of its previous self (Kitch had a dropped ceiling and blacked-out windows) filled with campy art sourced from Buffalo’s Hollywood Hank’s. The second-floor mini arcade features Skee Ball, a couple of pinball machines and a handful of arcade games, including some rare finds like Toobin’ and the very addictive, on-theme Tapper. Forty people can fit on the patio and watch as cargo trains rumble past on the nearby tracks.

Those familiar with what Kitch looked like will be surprised by how bright and airy the new space is. Those familiar with what Kitch looked like will be surprised by how bright and airy the new space is.
 

 
This is one of the finds from Hollywood Hank. It's purely decorative. This is one of the finds from Hollywood Hank. It’s purely decorative.
 

 
It's $1 to play Skee Ball and pinball, but the other arcade games are free. It’s $1 to play Skee Ball and pinball, but the other arcade games are free.
 

 
Game-playing kids can keep an eye on their pint-drinking parents downstairs. Game-playing kids can keep an eye on their pint-drinking parents downstairs.
 

 
The patio used to be enclosed, but now patio-sitters can watch the Dufferin traffic (and the trains) go by. The patio used to be enclosed, but now patio-sitters can watch the Dufferin traffic (and the trains) go by.
 

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