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Toronto’s oldest family restaurant turns 100 this year

February 2, 2012 | By More

To celebrate their 100th anniversary, United Bakers Dairy Restaurant is asking customers to contribute stories for a booklet that will come out during a birthday celebration in May. Current owners Philip Ladovsky, who runs the dairy institution with his sister Ruthie, says they’ve already received wonderful submissions for the “Stories for One Hundred Years” project.

Aaron and Sarah Ladovsky started United Bakers downtown in 1912, first on Agnes St. (now Dundas St.) near Bay, and then on Spadina Ave. near what was then the Jewish neighbourhood of Kensington Market. Later Ladovsky’s dad, Herman, took over. The family opened a second branch in Lawrence Plaza, at 506 Lawrence Ave. W., near Bathurst St., in 1984, and shut down the Spadina location two years later.

The restaurant is renowned for its thick, vegetable-based soups. The green split pea soup and the beet borscht (hot or cold) are so popular they’re served daily. Cheese blintzes, gefilte fish, lox and cream cheese platters, latkes and cabbage rolls all have their loyal fans.

Contribute to the United Bakers story project by emailing or by clicking on the “100 Years” tab on their website.

[via The Toronto Star / Image from United Bakers]

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