Kindred Café's Haze Clears for a New Maiden
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Kindred Café’s Haze Clears for a New Maiden

Well this oughta satisfy those behind the complaints that prompted the police to raid 7 Breadalbane Street a year and a half ago: the location is reopening (again). But this time, it’s not a shit-disturbing, weed-wielding coffee shop. This time, with new owners, and a new name, it shall become a much more tame and tranquil licensed liquor-serving establishment.

The formerly marijuana-friendly hangout Kindred Café was busted in November of 2008, when police filled a five-tonne truck with the shop’s contents, either arresting or issuing summonses for six employees on the premises for trafficking and possession of marijuana. Shop owner Dominic Cramer, away when the raid occurred, turned himself in to police four days later and was charged for trafficking. The shop reopened soon enough, but Kindred’s media guy Chad Cooke has since said that business dropped off post-shakedown.
Today, nestled in the shop’s window, the placard mandatory for liquor license application lists the establishment’s proposed new title as “Maiden Tower.” After exchanges with the AGCO, we learned that the application was filed by a company named “Emil & Niki Corporation” (our many attempts to contact the business owner[s] were foiled by a virtually un-traceable name and the AGCO’s inability to disclose any contact information for the applicants). The AGCO received the liquor license application for the new bar and restaurant in late December, and passed along the placard of approval in early January.
Specifically, Emil & Niki have asked to license for a capacity of thirty-eight indoor spots—presumably shared between the building’s first two floors—and thirty upstairs on the rooftop patio. The placard is still placed in the window now, in April, leaving neighbouring residents a far cushier period of time in which to state any objections to the new business. Or better yet, for the activists to get back out and shout their witty protest bit (as they did last time Kindred was in the news): “We’re here, we’re high, get used to it.”
Photos by David Topping/Torontoist.