Markham Village in downtown Toronto is on my mind recently, as it will soon look radically incongruent with how Annex'ers have seen the community the past several decades. With the iconic Honest Ed's soon to morph into, blerg, condos, a piece of Toronto is disappearing into the mist. Or evolving. Depending on which side of the development deal you sit.
So with Bathurst n' Bloor on my frontal lobes, I thought I'd share a fun factoid I came across recently: the Toronto dive bar and nachos utopia Sneaky Dee's first took shop on Bloor across from Honest Ed's. And thus they dubbed themselves Sneaky Dee's, choosing opposite-words for "Honest" and "Ed's", since "Dee's" is a backwards Ed's, more or less.
Sneaky Dee's moved to College Street in 1990. And lo! did the punks and U of T froshies did feast on Hawaiian nachos and all was good in the world.
This trivia won't change your life. But these little knowledge dips crease a smile on my face, since I've always loved learning more about the city I respect and cherish so deeply.
What's your favourite fun fact about Toronto?
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