The lifespan of restaurants and bars in Toronto can be fickle; we're a city that thrives on trends, ingredient-faddism and an infatuation with all things new. While a number of establishments have beat their way to the top of the ladder, a vast majority enjoy a few years of popularity before fading out of the public conscious. Still, the two years that South of Temperance was around for seems a little premature, especially when its popularity amongst the Bay Street crowd is taken into consideration. Rest assured that bigger and better things are coming out of the rubble, specifically the 44-storey Bay Adelaide Centre East, a commercial tower that will add 980,000 square feet of leasable office space to the downtown core.

Demolition of South of Temperance, image by Jack Landau

For those who frequented South of Temperance and despair over its departure, don't worry; the Dineen Building on the north side of Temperance will soon house a number of bars and restaurants, including a glass-enclosed rooftop lounge that will no doubt impress even the most discerning Bay Street heavyweights.

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