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UPDATE: Zelda's will not reopen


UPDATE: Zelda's will not reopen

Zelda's owner Zelda Angelfire surveys the damage left by a fire that ripped through her landmark Yonge St restaurant. IMAGE 1 OF 1
June 16 fire caused extensive damage
UPDATE: Fri, June 29 -- A June 16 fire at Zelda's caused extensive damage and the restaurant will not reopen as planned, owner Zelda Angelfire has announced in a statement on the Zelda's website

The restaurant had been open for 15 years in three different locations.

"This is the third location for Zelda's since we first opened on Wellesley Street in 1997 and the third time the business has been built from the ground up," Angelfire says in the statement. "Unfortunately due to the capital and energy required to start all over again we have regrettably decided not to re-open."

June 18 -- Zelda Angelfire is not going to let a little fire permanently close the doors to her landmark Yonge St restaurant.

Although, sadly, the fire will shut down Zelda’s Living Well for the busiest week of the year: Pride.

Flames ripped through the legendary drag bar after management closed it on June 15 at around 3 am.

That night, Angelfire tweeted, “Like a broken heel makes you fall down in the middle of a number, we have every intention of getting back up and werking it!”

No one was hurt in the blaze and there was no structural damage, she says. On June 18 Angelfire will release more information about the cause of the fire and details around Zelda’s reopening.

The fire is not suspicious, she says, and there is no police investigation. “It happened after we closed,” she says. “We will not be open for Pride, and that’s a total fuckin’ piss-off.”

There has been an outpouring of support from friends and regulars, Angelfire says. “I have had a ton of email and Facebook support from the community, which I really appreciate. That’s been wonderful, and it’s really helped me during this time.”

Most of the damage is contained to the main floor, she says. Much of the trademark kitschy memorabilia that adorned the walls is likely salvageable. “Everything is damaged, but I think we can save most of it. It’s repairable."

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This is heartbreaking! I am really disappointed. Not only are we losing a great place to eat and socialize, but the community is losing an institution. There isn't any place in the village that could replace it. Very sad.
This is super sad. I'm going to miss Zelda's. It such a Toronto institution, and it will greatly be missed.
Why No Investigation?
If there's not going to be an investigation, it should be mandatory that any insurance money collected be used to rebuild Zelda's, and not be put into investments in some other country, like, say, Bali. Check out DM's activities lately. He's dropping a lot of cash in Bali and using some unsavory tactics. The cause of the fire should be looked at carefully. Karma will always come around...
Sad to Hear This!!!!
Zelda's will always hold a special place in my heart. Had so many awesome brunches there at Gay Pride and on many trips to the Village. Living in Vancouver now and think of Zelda's with so many fond memories!
Glad no one was hurt. Hopefully the iconic Living Well/Zelda's will up and running in the near future. I had a meal there one lunchtime not so long ago and remembered how I would travel each night after school in the mid '80's from Etobicoke with friends and had some food and drinks and laughs. Hopefully Michael and his team will be open before too long and we'll see Zelda's smile brighter than before!
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