“It’s heartbreaking. They’re going to have to take the boat over and I’ll be walking the streets.”
—Letnik reacting to news that Captain John’s seafood restaurant has been ordered closed by the City after having its waterfront lease revoked by the Toronto Port Authority. Captain John’s is located on a boat, the Jadran, that has been docked at the foot of Yonge Street since 1975. The vessel is more than a business for Letnik; he also lives there. It’s unclear what caused the sudden crackdown, but Letnik reportedly owes $500,000 in back taxes, rent, and insurance, so that could have had something to do with it. He has until July 27 to move or scrap the Jadran.