Every year, Canada’s National Trust publishes a “Worst Losses” list – a heartbreaking enumeration of historic buildings wiped from our landscape. From lighthouses to churches to architecturally and culturally significant houses, most are neglected beyond repair, then demolished – often for condo development. And as the only G7 country without laws in place to protect federal-government-owned historic properties, Canada continues to accumulate new losses every year.
But many independent restaurateurs are willing to give old structures a new lease on life. And their restaurants, many of which are in buildings that sat empty for decades or were slated for demolition, have become some of the most alluring places to eat. When a restaurant owner takes on a building of historical interest, members of the public can enjoy that unique space for the price of dinner or drinks.