With much fanfare Le Pain Quotidien opened an outlet in Toronto's financial district last year. Unfortunately it closed abruptly at the end of the day on Friday - without any notice and apparently for good.
I don't know how the other locations in the city are faring but this one always seemed to be deserted and the general consensus is that the food was mediocre and overpriced. With all of the high-end lunch places that have sprung up in the downtown core in recent years, the fact that LPQ could still induce sticker shock in jaded Bay Street path rats says a lot!
LPQ seems to be a successful franchise and has outlets in Europe and the US. Just what does this say about Torontonians - are we discerning or just cheap? Or is it a sign that the global financial crisis is finally starting to hit home (and our wallets)?