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The Real Jerk closes doors at end of month; new location to be announced

After 24 years at its iconic Queen and Broadview location, The Real Jerk will officially close its doors at the end of the month.

The popular east-end Caribbean restaurant made the announcement on Twitter, saying it will reveal its new location on May 23.

“Lily and I want to say thank you to the community for 24 great years at Queen and Broadview,” said Ed Pottinger, who owns the restaurant with wife Lily. “The new location will be announced in the coming weeks but we are very excited about the new opportunity to share our fantastic food and great culture with Toronto and the world.”

“We want all of you to come by before this location closes its doors.”

The Real Jerk was forced to move after Buckingham Properties purchased the building and ordered them to vacate the premises by Jan. 31.

The restaurant won a court injunction on Feb. 1, allowing them to stay for another year, but Pottinger told CityNews he wanted to find a new location as soon as possible.

“It will be a tearful goodbye to Queen and Broadview,” he said. “We had so many great memories and that’s the nature of business when you love what you do.”

The new location will be announced on twitter @realjerktoronto or via email by signing on to their list at www.savetherealjerk.com.