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this reminds me of the two famous restaurants with converted garage concepts!

Gusto 101 & Gusto 501...

I'll help you share the thought w/everyone who isn't a Gusto aficionado:

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from: https://www.therooftopguide.com/rooftop-bars-in-toronto/gusto-101.html

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Lambretta at 89 Roncesvalles Ave will be closing near the end of January 2023 due to rent increases from the landlord:

 

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Korean chain, Yeondon Ball Katsu, is opening at 209 Dundas St W (just east of University) on November 18th:

 

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GoodGood (chain of 5 locations) closed permanently at 3pm today.

Turns out their "Early Black Friday Sale" of 50% off $50+ purchase was actually a closing sale.

I feel bad for the staff and if the small suppliers they stocked don't get paid. I will miss my daily $1 iced coffee.

Website is gone.

They were at:
410 Adelaide West
140A The Esplanade
1187 St Clair West
709 Queen Street West
1909 Yonge Street
 

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GoodGood (chain of 5 locations) closed permanently at 3pm today.

Turns out their "Early Black Friday Sale" of 50% off $50+ purchase was actually a closing sale.

I feel bad for the staff and if the small suppliers they stocked don't get paid. I will miss my daily $1 iced coffee.

Website is gone.

They were at:
410 Adelaide West
140A The Esplanade
1187 St Clair West
709 Queen Street West
1909 Yonge Street

to be quite frank...I never got the concept of GoodGood!

I guess if the consumer doesn't understand something then it's not surprising it would fail.
 

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I liked it, but never really spent a lot of money there. I just went for their super cheap coffee and the occasional donut. I did buy one or two things off of the shelves, but they were carrying a lot of inventory that I don't think was selling very quickly. Some of the frozen pizzas and dumplings were good.
 

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I liked it, but never really spent a lot of money there. I just went for their super cheap coffee and the occasional donut. I did buy one or two things off of the shelves, but they were carrying a lot of inventory that I don't think was selling very quickly. Some of the frozen pizzas and dumplings were good.

So is GoodGood a pop-up cafe? grocer? wine bar? co-working space? speedy delivery service?

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to be quite frank...I never got the concept of GoodGood!

I guess if the consumer doesn't understand something then it's not surprising it would fail.

The name was terrible. Gave you no real sense of what the store/shop was about. I know 'good cause' etc.

But too vague. If you didn't know it was a food place you wouldn't know.

The appearance of the stores didn't help either.

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Source: Retail-Insider

Again, bland, un-inviting, nothing on the exterior that tells you what to expect, but for the words in the windows which disappear as background noise.

I like the premise of the business to some degree, I certainly support its social mission......

But nothing about that exterior says to me, buy local, artisanal grocery here; nor does it scream coffee shop or wine bar........ I mean looking at that exterior I get Pizza Pizza meets laundromat.

I have to say, I also don't see Coffee Shop and Wine Bar as sharing the same patronage/vibe; and throwing grocery in there is quite the jumble of disparate ideas.

Arguably some very successful retailers ("The Tire") are mishmash jumbles too; but that's something that evolved over decades, not really the starting premise.
 
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