The Brunswick House, a favourite Annex student hangout will be closing it’s doors for good.
In operation since 1876, the Brunswick has had a rich heritage as a working class tavern, noted jazz venue and gathering place for local literary folk and it’s many varied patrons have drunk to good times and bad over the pub’s 140 year old lifetime. Over the last 10 years the pub has offered beer and other spirits at rock bottom prices attracting more than it’s share of drunken tirades including a robbery and shooting of an innocent patron just outside the popular spot in 2009.
Area residents and business owners have been complaining for a number of years about an uprise in neighbourhood vandalism, public intoxication and noise concerns.
The owner of the building has terminated the lease of the Brunswick House as of December 31 and going forward the “Brunny” will operate on a month to month basis until a new suitable tenant is found by the property owner.
Area resident associations including the Bloor Annex BIA and the Harbord Village Residents Association are watching closely to see who the next tenant will be. Strict adherence to preservation of the heritage building itself and clever integration into the area with it’s current repertoire of mostly independently owned restaurants and other retail establishments are just two important factors which must be considered.
With it’s proximity to the University of Toronto the area currently has a number of cheap pizza spots, restaurants and bars catering to students but the Annex is not your average university neighbourhood. Property values are high. There are a number of stately heritage homes and the area is home to a number of well known journalists, cultural icons and literary figures both past and present.