Much to the chagrin of curried goat lovers everywhere, The Real Jerk left its Queen & Broadview digs last year with one month's notice. (An Sibín Pub took over the corner space.) Luckily the authentic Jamaican restaurant, favoured by the likes of Wesley Snipes and the late Jack Layton, has finally found a new home at Gerrard and Carlaw.
The Real Jerk has been on an uphill climb since being booted out of the place they called home for the past 28 years back early in 2012. In efforts to find a new location, they were rejected from opening under a condo building at 625 Queen Street East due to opposition from residents over their liquor license.
The menu is expected to remain much the same as it was before the move, save a few lunch additions like sandwiches and a new cocktail list.
Owner Ed Pottinger recently told The Grid he's relieved the location search is over. "We've got 95 per cent of our staff coming back after a year and four months," he says. "They waited and are excited. I'm still more relieved than excited right now, but it'll come."
· Food Spy: The Real Jerk has a home (finally) [The Grid]
· Real Jerk finds a new real location at Carlaw and Gerrard [The Star]
· The Real Jerk [Facebook]