Coming to Queen West: an all-bacon restaurant
For anyone wondering about all the pro-bacon propaganda plastered across the storefront at 170 Spadina Avenue, here’s what’s going on. The address, formerly home to long-term sandwich pop-up Come and Get It, has been taken over by Bacon Nation, the CNE food stand that’s been simultaneously repulsing and fascinating us since 2012 with its Nutella BLTs and pork-encased wieners. The building is owned by developers, who have been threatening to turn it into condos for over two years. Apparently, there’s been some type of snag in that plan.
“We’re going to be here for at least a year,” said co-owner Andrew Motta, who founded Bacon Nation with his brother, Dan. At their new sit-down spot, the brothers plan to serve a more refined lineup of gourmet sandwiches and sides, including some options made with—gasp—turkey bacon. (“We’re trying to get away from the CNE thing,” said Andrew.) The menu is still being fine-tuned, but fans of the fairground kiosk will recognize some holdovers, including an update on the intriguingly pork-heavy Canuck Burger. The Mottas are aiming to open the restaurant by mid-June. Until then, locals can get their pig fix at the Bacon Nation food truck, which will be parked nearby.