There’s a Dark Horse Espresso Bar in store for Dovercourt Village
Dark Horse Espresso, the indie coffee chain with locations in Trinity Bellwoods, Riverdale, Chinatown and the Entertainment District, will soon be opening a fifth coffee shop in Dovercourt Village. The new spot will take up residence at 120 Geary Avenue, in the 80,000-square-foot Artisan Factory building just west of Dovercourt. “We’re waiting on some licensing stuff,” says co-owner Deanna Zunde. “It’ll open sometime in the new year. Maybe spring.” With just nine bar seats and a take-out counter, the place won’t be as freelancer-friendly as the Horse’s Queen West or Spadina locations, but it will have something the others don’t: plentiful food options. “It’s a bakery concept,” says Zunde. “We’ll be making breads and baked goods, and also savoury things like quiche.” In fact, most of the large space will be used as a production facility. That’s part of the reason Zunde chose to settle on the sleepy stretch of Geary, which currently houses more auto garages than restaurants. Still, lower rents weren’t the only attraction. “There’s just so much potential here,” says Zunde. “It’s an untapped area.” Between the new Dark Horse café and the Bellwoods brewpub soon to land at Dupont and Dovercourt, it certainly won’t stay that way for long.