Raw Sugar shuts down, owner cites ‘circumstances beyond my control’

Raw Sugar Cafe owner Nadia Kharyati announced Monday she has closed her doors, leaving the Chinatown district without one of its community hubs.


“I had sincerely hoped the place would carry on; circumstances beyond my control, however, have led me to close my doors today,” Ms Kharyati wrote on the cafe’s website.
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The cafe and live music venue, which was located at 692 Somerset St. near Bronson Avenue, had been in business for more than seven years.

Calling that time “an incredible journey,” Ms. Kharyati wrote the cafe had “fulfilled and far exceeded” any expectations she had when first opening her doors.

“To all of the small business folk hustling on a daily basis, the respect I have for you is infinite. Please continue to support your local favourites, they can’t exist without you,” she wrote, adding it was a “true honour” to find a place in her local community.

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