Grand Electric’s second-storey expansion, which would’ve added 40 seats to perennially packed taco bar, is on hold due to the Parkdale strip restaurant ban. Co-owner Ian McGrenaghan told Post City the suspension came as a surprise, since GE applied for the necessary permits prior to the ban and had nearly finished construction. Barring a successful legal challenge, the second floor is unlikely to open until the moratorium expires in November, contrary to what local councillor Gord Perks indicated at the time it went into effect. [Post City]
UPDATE: Councillor Perks confirmed to us that Grand Electric did indeed get their application in before the deadline. That application, however, did not conform to the building code and zoning bylaws, and was consequently rejected—after the moratorium was already in place.