The local culinary scene is reeling from the news that New York Subway (520 Queen W, at Ryerson, 416-703-4496) is to close this weekend.
After a 15 year run (here's NOW's review from 1999), the late-night fave could be wrapping up its last jumbo lamb satay sub (which NOW called one of the city's best sandwiches) on Saturday.
"The landlord is renovating the building," says Sridhar Namath of its sister resto Mother India (1456 Queen West, at Lansdowne, 416-588-4634). "He says it will take about three or four months but he isn't giving us an exact time."
The far-from-heritage building looks like it could fall down if you looked at it funny.
"At first, we were told that they wanted to knock it down and put up a new one, but now they say they're going to renovate and give it back to us when they're finished," Namath explains. "That's the plan anyway, so we'll have to wait and see. But if the deal doesn't happen, we'll definitely be re-locating somewhere nearby."
Fans of New York Subway - which has nothing to do with the Big Apple and doesn't serve Mr. Submarine-style hoagies - have always loved the multi-culti take-away's burritos despite its decidedly dumpy digs.
"This time, we'll have both areas covered," says Namath.