The Real Jerk’s days in its Queen Street shop are numbered (22, to be precise)

The Real Jerk’s days in its Queen Street shop are numbered (22, to be precise)

(Image: Dominic Bugatto from the Torontolife.com Flickr pool) 

It looks like the Real Jerk’s long, drawn-out tenancy saga is about to come to an end—the last chance to grab a roti at the Riverside institution will be May 31. The Caribbean restaurant, which fought an eviction notice earlier this year and won a reprieve in February, will be out of its Queen Street East location by the end of the month, according to a report in the National Post. In March, owners Ed and Lily Pottinger were ordered to pay the courts an extra $5,700, the difference between what the Pottingers were paying in rent and the amount the building’s erstwhile new tenants had agreed to hand over to the building’s owner, Bill Mandelbaum (there were rumours an Irish pub was going to open on the site). Ed assured the Post that they had reached an “amicable solution with the landlord” and that they’d announce a new location soon. The Pottingers say they’ve been checking out nearby properties, so perhaps the Real Jerk’s sunny mural will once again beam down on customers on Queen East. [National Post]