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Captain John’s Restaurant Ordered to Shut Down

Captain John's

I've never been to Captain John's floating restaurant in the water at Yonge and Queen's Quay.  I've walked by it a hundred times but never felt the urge to go inside.

Now, it's possible I'll never get that chance.

Waterfront Toronto rescinded its lease for the watery slip at the foot of Yonge St. Tuesday and warned “Captain” John Letnik that he has until July 27 to remove everything, including the ship’s weather-beaten signs.
At the same time, the City of Toronto shut off water to the ship and a health department inspector ordered the restaurant closed because staff would be unable to wash utensils or their hands.

It seems Letnik owes more than $500,000 in back taxes, rent and insurance on the slip and 300-foot ship.  Is this the end of Captain John's Restaurant, a Toronto landmark since 1970?

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