I received a number of e-mails after I posted the story on finding $3 pints of Wellington at Kubo Radio in the Leslieville area of Toronto. The e-mails were about the news of Kubo shutting down to be replaced by a new pub.
My daily commute to work has me going right by the location and I noticed the signs in the window stating that The Roy Public House is slated to open in March and will feature 12 draught lines. I spoke with Mark Corbett, Publican and General Manager of the Roy Public House, who explained that the pub will be independently owned and operated by a group who were born and raised locally and make their homes in the Leslieville area. "We are very glad to be opening in the area we're in," stated Corbett, "This is such a great community and we like the idea of giving back to it."
As mentioned, the pub will have 12 draught lines that will feature a bunch of the UK imports along with a few local Ontario craft products (names haven't been released just yet). The Roy will have seating for 70 patrons and will feature a true pub menu, including a Sunday Brunch with Coronation Street on in the background (I wish more pubs offered a brunch). "Our target opening date is the first week in March," said Corbett.
The Roy Public House website is currently being worked on, but Corbett has an artist rendition of the proposed finished facade posted (see below). You can visit the website at www.theroy.ca.
The Roy Public House
894 Queen Street East
Leslieville, Toronto M4M 1J3