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NEW IN BUSINESS: New restaurant opens mid-pandemic (Oct. 2020)

November 2nd, 2020 · No Comments

Entrepreneur invests in community on a wing and a prayer

Inder Singh, owner of the new Wild Wings in the Annex, took the brave step forward of opening up a restaurant in hopes of supporting his new community. MARY AN/GLEANER NEWS

By Mary An

Braving an uncertain future for business in the pandemic, this August, Inder Singh took the bold step of opening a restaurant across from Spadina Station. 

Singh is now a proud franchisee of a Wild Wing where many different varieties of chicken wings and other spreads are available from morning until night. 

“We have to adapt to this new normal now, we can’t just sit back and rely on the government to do everything for us,” said Singh,  in an interview with the Annex Gleaner.

Before Singh opened his restaurant in the Annex neighbourhood, the previous proprietor was evicted due to unpaid rent. 

Knowing the potential risks, Singh still took the chance of opening his restaurant. 

“Even if I don’t make money, at least I’m creating jobs for my employees and at least they have something to bring home to put food on their table,” he says.

Singh opened a Wild Wings restaurant in Kitchener with his brother-in-law before opening a second location in Toronto. 

The pandemic forced him to make cuts to his Kitchener restaurant, but he chose to open the Toronto location to assist employees who would have otherwise lost their jobs. 

“Because of COVID, business was slow. He had the option to lay me off, but instead, moved me to Toronto,” says Hardeep Singh, Manager of the Annex location of Wild Wings. 

“It’s like a family here. Inder is a nice guy and is very supportive,” says Hardeep.

Some other new restaurants to Bloor St.:

Indian Desire opened at 469 Bloor St. W. a few months ago and offers an “artistic take on traditional Indian dishes.” COURTESY INDIAN DESIRE INSTAGRAM
Also new to Bloor is Knockout Chicken at 490 Bloor St. W. The second location of this nascent chain, its first location is at 206 Augusta Ave. in Kensington Market. BRIAN BURCHELL/GLEANER NEWS
Eat BKK has moved its Thai street food from a spot in the Annex Food Hall to its own location at 513 Bloor St. W. BRIAN BURCHELL/GLEANER NEWS
Kendell Garcia and his partners saw the opportunity to open a new Scotty Bons restaurant in the Annex as the pandemic created a vacant space on Bloor Street. Scotty Bons offers a mix of the various Caribbean islands’ flavourful food, including sandwiches, roti, and poutines. Garcia, pictured above, is in front of his first restaurant location in Scarborough. The new Annex location will be located at 402 Bloor St. W. TANYA IELYSEIEVA/GLEANER NEWS

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