Introducing: Black Rabbit, a new family-friendly café in Bloor West Village
Name: Black Rabbit Fresh Food Café
Neighbourhood: Bloor West Village
Contact info: 2312 Bloor St. W., 416-762-2016, blackrabbitcafe.ca, @BlackRabbitCa
Owners: Brothers Peter and Alex Kiriakapoulos, whose family has been in the café business for 50 years (they own the Java Joe’s chain).
Chef: Adam Wisniewski, previously of Lucien (and brother-in-law to the Kiriakapouloses).
The food: Local, organic café fare geared to the area’s young families, with plenty of vegan and gluten-free options. Inside the display case are daily sandwiches like the HAC ($8.25), with ham, gruyere and arugula, along with salads ($5.25 and up) and soups ($4.75 and up), like chicken corn chowder and vegan chili. There’s also a kids menu, with organic baby food ($2) and mac-and-cheese ($3.95).
The drinks: Coffee, organic teas, fresh juices and smoothies ($6.95) by Joyous Health.
The place: The front of the café is sleek and modern, while the back feels like a country kitchen, complete with rustic wooden tables and fresh flowers. The two rows of tables are cannily laid out with ample room for strollers to manoeuvre between them.
By the numbers:
• 40 seats
• 25 years, the tenancy of the space’s previous occupant, The Sweet Gallery
• 3 soups, 3 salads, 3 kids menu items and 3 baby menu items
• 2 p.m., the time at which they stop serving their breakfast sandwiches