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biggreenmatt | Nov 19, 201909:37 AM     20

Just what Bloor and Bay needed- another storefront operation to draw more foot traffic and vehicular traffic to the area.

City planning-related sarcasm aside, I happen to have been at the Manulife Centre this weekend and saw the lines to get into the joint, which were ridiculous. I don't mind saying that as a native Torontonian, I look at these multinational chef-based emporiums with skepticism. We are blessed to have at our fingertips a ridiculous number of authentic ethnic, regional, and international restaurants and groceries where we can find, to a lesser or greater extent, food and groceries from international restaurants and markets. Makes me leery of braving the crowds and elbowing required to get into Eataly.

So has anybody been? Is it worth standing in a huge lineup and paying the upcharge on product to go? Is it better than the good places we can go to in town for meals and groceries? Thoughts and experiences welcome.

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