White Squirrel Snack Shop (507 Queen St. W., at Spadina), the snack bar counterpart to the popular Queen West coffee spot, is no more. The shop, only open since the spring, closed last Wednesday, with owner David Ginsberg—echoing an all-too familiar tale—claiming slow business as the culprit. “I thought the coffee would at least break me even,” says Ginsberg, “but it didn’t even come close to that.”
The space hasn’t seen the last of him, though, as plans are in the works to open something new at the same address. While Ginsberg won’t divulge details just yet, Ginsberg did say that he’s bringing on some new partners and will have something “very exciting there in the next few weeks.” —Rebecca Fleming
Update Nov. 8, 2013: So it turns out that the “something exciting” Ginsberg eluded to is the new Parts and Labour burger joint, aptly named The P&L Burger. The patty place opens this December and will provide some healthy competition for neighbouring Priest.