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CHATTER: Victory’s Nick is the anti-gouger (Apr. 2020)

May 1st, 2020 · 1 Comment

Victory Cafe owner Nick Ndreka warms the hearth to make it ready for pizza. BRIAN BURCHELL/GLEANER NEWS

Victory Cafe at 440 Bloor St. W. is open for take-out and is offering gourmet pizza, prepared in a wood fire oven, at roughly 40% off the usual price ($10.95). Owner Nick Ndreka declared: “this is an emergency and people need a break!”

Some restaurants and bars, due to the nature of their business model, opted not to do take-out and delivery. One of those is Kilgour’s Bar Meets Grill. Co-owner Peter Kilgour, a direct competitor to Victory Cafe across the street, donated perishables from their fridge to Ndreka’s to help the cause. “We are all brothers [and sisters] at the end of the day,” Kilgour said as he delivered a sack of potatoes across the way. “We have to help each other,” he said.  

Businesses not deemed essential are, of course, closed to retail but many are keeping an online presence for e-commerce.

—Brian Burchell, Gleaner News


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