A Fond Farewell to Coyote Willie Tex-Mex Restaurant


For the last 28 years, Coyote Willie Tex-Mex Restaurant has served the Riverside community, providing quality, delicious food at a reasonable price in an atmosphere that was warm and inviting. Over these years, Coyote Willie has developed many friendships and loyal customers. Now, with a heavy heart, the restaurant has announced its closure.

While the restaurant closed on January 20th, kitchen equipment, Mexican music and art and other items will be available for sale on the website: coyotewillie.com.

Coyote Willie’s owners, Jacques and Wilson wanted to take the opportunity to send out their thanks to you all:

“We are sorry and sad to close Coyote Willie after 28 years. We thank all of our customers for their support and will miss them. Thank you for everything!”


Riverside Month of Love: Gift Guide

In this month of love, surprise your loved ones (or yourself!) with something special. Riverside brings you a wide range of unique, personalized gifts – for literally every taste and interest. Check out some of our top picks:


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Ever wondered what it would feel like to just walk through Etsy? Brika’s shop in Riverside is your very own artisanal gift store, connecting you to the creations of hundreds of talented artists. Don’t miss their organic body oil workshop this Monday, Feb. 13th where you can shop, sip and pick up a last minute gift!

Sugar Loaf Bakery

729 Queen E

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Sugar Loaf is Riverside’s non-traditional small batch bakery where “everything is made with love”. Pick up some of their special Valentine’s themed cookies or macaroons, or bring your sweetie out for their special brunch on the weekend.

The Irish Design House

756 Queen E

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The Irish Design House brings you handmade designs- both crafts and fashion. Their shop emanates the comfort of home while connecting you to a wide range of artists, all the way from Ireland.  From comfy natural sweaters, handmade soap, and sewing lessons, they have someone for everyone!

Quince Flowers 

660 Queen E


You can never really go wrong with flowers. However, you can surely go the extra mile: Riverside’s Quince Flowers, with 20 years of floral excellence under their belt, is simply the best! Quince provides a personalized flower-shopping experience, with their knowledgeable and welcoming staff, and lovely shop atmosphere. Take your date for a stroll through the store and let them pick out some flowers, or just surprise them the old-fashioned way!

The Wine Rack

731 Queen E


Ok (this is an obvious one) but it’s a great time to get a deal on wine, so why not pick up some Ontario wine as an addition to that home-cooked or take-out Valentine’s day dinner. (Tip: Tabule in Riverside has Bring Your Own Wine Free Corkage on Tuesdays!)

The Arts Market

790 Queen E

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With works from 50 different artists in house, The Arts Market in Riverside is sure to have what you’re looking for. Whether it’s a unique card, jewellery, hand crafted soaps, a vintage typewriter or a ‘vinyl clock’, this shop is a must to check out.

Mary Macleod’s Shortbread

639 Queen E

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Surprise your significant other with a sweet present: some of Mary Macleod’s famous shortbread. With over 35 years in the cookie making business, Mary Macleod’s in Riverside provides the most mouth-watering hand made shortbread cookies, in a range of flavours to suit every taste.

Happy shopping and don’t forget to pick out something for yourself! 😉

Riverside Month of Love: Date Ideas

There is so much to love in Riverside, along Queen Street East  from the DVP to Empire Ave. We’ve rounded up some favourites to help you plan your perfect date!

SMASH! Ping Pong Lounge

672 Queen East


What’s more romantic than a little healthy competition? Check out this laid back ping pong lounge for a few drinks, some noms, and a friendly game of ping pong. Equipped with more than enough stations, casual seating, and a full bar – SMASH is great for singles, doubles and groups! 

Tiny Record Shop

804 Queen East


This cool little space is a great place to be tucked away with your significant other where you can geek out on a shared interests. The Tiny Record Shop is exactly what it sounds like – a tiny record shop displaying the owner’s personal collection of unique records. Become a part of this intimate experience of sharing good music (and stay tuned for the occasional free live in-store performance)!

White Lily Diner

678 Queen E


One of Riverside’s newest eateries takes you back to the good ol’ diner days, with a flair for high-end dining. White Lily diner offers a throw back to the 50s – with retro minimalist decor and nostalgic tunes, coupled with old school food and drink picks with a unique White Lily flair – nobody does casual romantic dates like this! (tip: 1/2 priced wine on Fridays!)

OMA Chiropractic & Wellness Centre

1 Munro Street


Why not book some some self-care to show you care? Try out Oma’s range of self-care/massage packages with your loved ones. Also, don’t miss Oma’s annual LOVE YOURSELF event on Feb 10th in support of neigbourhood charity Nellie’s. It’s a double whammy of self-pampering and supporting a great local cause. Bring a loved one, or just go by yourself for a spectacular evening of custom jewellery, tarot cards, the “Seduction Station” and more. Get tickets on line or at the door ($15 – all in support of Nellie’s).

Comedy Nights @ I’ll Be Seeing You Bar

747 Queen E


Have some hearty laughs, mixed with some craft beer at I’ll be Seeing You’s weekly comedy night every Tuesday. Presented by Great Lakes Brewery and hosted by Cara Conners, this weekly event features $5 pints and a great line up of funny people (tip: don’t bring the kids!).

Il Ponte Cucina Italiana

625 Queen E


Il Ponte is the place to be for authentic Italian eats in a relaxed atmosphere. Perched at Queen East and Don Valley, Il Ponte boasts both art celebrating Riverside and the best view in the neighbourhood of the Riverside Bridge itself. Test out your Italian while enjoying dishes like ‘Gnocchi Il Ponte’ -if you need anything special, just ask restauranteur Giancarlo, who always aims to please.  (tip: Get 1/2 price wine bottles on Tuesdays!)

Stay tuned for more Riverside Month of Love news!

Exciting Things Coming in Riverside: 2017


Change is always in the air in Riverside neighbourhood, and 2017 is no exception! Here are a few of the exciting changes coming to the area this year:

Grand Re-opening of The Broadview Hotel

If you haven’t been around in some time, just pass by the corner of Queen and Broadview and you’ll marvel at the transformation of the Broadview Hotel. “While the exterior and mechanicals of the renovation are now complete, the hotel’s interior will be ready for a grand unveil in the spring of 2017,” reports local blogger GOODHOOD, “…the 125-year-old building will welcome guests to its boutique hotel with 58 guest rooms, a rooftop terrace and a restaurant, lobby bar and cafe operated by the team behind Enoteca Ascari. The interior design will also feature some subtle nods to its past as Jilly’s.”

Read more about the revitalization and join the mailing list.


New lighted facade unveiled in October 2016, 2017 will bring the grand re-opening of the Broadview Hotel

Eastbound Brewing Co to Open Its Doors

The corner of Queen and Broadview is about to get even better… Eastbound Brewing Co. is going in next door to the Broadview Hotel. The 80-seat brewery, kitchen and retail outlet will be helmed by husband and wife team, brewmaster David Lee (ex-Kensington Brewing Company, Mill Street Brewery and Grand River Brewing) and chef Tara Lee (Bar Hop Brewco.). Follow them on Instagram for all the latest!


Riverside Winefest

Delight in tasting new and established Ontario wines while getting to know the local shops and restaurants in Riverside better! Riverside’s Annual Winefest is a week-long celebration of wine paired with local food, shopping and talks. The annual event, this year happening April 4th to 8th, will feature:

  • Wine tastings at a variety of shops along Queen St East from the DVP to Empire Ave throughout the week paired with interesting demos and talks
  • Special prix fixe meals with wine pairings at participating restaurants
  • Wine tasting EXPO April 8th with Ontario wineries, live music, culinary delights and more!

2017 Winefest will feature Three Dog Winery and other Ontario winemakers

‘Riverside Celebrates 150’ Mural

Thanks to funding from the Canada 150 Fund, the Riverside BIA will be working with Indigenous mural artists, youth and other community organizations to revitalize the underpass bridge at Queen Street East and De Grassi Street with a vibrant new mural, celebrating Indigenous heritage. This project is funded in part by the Government of Canada.


A new mural will breathe new light into the underpass bridge along Queen Street East between McGee and De Grassi Street

Riverside Holiday Happenings and Promotions

There is so much happening in Riverside this holiday season! From fundraisers to help those in need to amazing promotions – check out our round up of what’s on:

Ruby Watch Co

Tabule Middle Eastern

St. John’s Bakery

Win a St John’s Bakery Gingerbread  House! Just drop by our retail store. $2.00 Per Entry / Proceeds Towards Bakery Renovations

JAM Fitness

With the New Year right around the corner JAM Fitness has announced they are offering a FREE week trial to our small group training classes!  First 10 to signup also get a chance to receive a month at only $30+HST. Sign up by visiting http://jamfitness.com/freeweek.

They look forward to helping you reach your health and fitness goals.

Oma Chiropratic & Wellness

It’s December so that means it’s holiday cheer at Oma. Pop in at 1 Munro for a tea and a homemade treat even if you don’t have an appointment! They’d love to share some cheer with you. www.omachiropractic.com