Toronto and East York District

Queen Street East Restaurant Study


City staff have studied an amendment to the Zoning By-law with respect to restaurants and related uses on Queen Street East between Woodbine Avenue and Nursewood Road (the Study Area) in Ward 32.

In 1985, a City Planning report entitled "Queen Street East Licensed Eating Establishment Study" went to Council with recommendations on restaurants. The report outlined a study that was undertaken due to concerns about the proliferation of liquor licensed eating establishments and the impacts associated with their operation.

The report recommended a maximum restaurant size of 185 square metres, whereas the by-law that was ultimately adopted by City Council restricted the restaurant size to 165 square metres. The by-law, under restrictive exception 12(2)174, also prohibited patios unless they were in front of the establishment and required a parking spot for a restaurant over 100 square metres. The main concerns of the existing restaurants were noise, garbage, traffic congestion and disruptive behaviour.

At the November 3, 2015 City Council meeting, Council directed City Planning and Economic Development & Culture to consult with the local community and review the existing by-laws governing licensed restaurants along Queen Street East from Woodbine Avenue to Nursewood Road. Here is the link to the Council direction.

Council Decision

This item TE23.9 - Queen Street East (Between Woodbine Avenue and Nursewood Road) - Restaurant Study - Final Report was considered by Toronto and East York Community Council on April 4, 2017 and was adopted with amendments. It will be considered by City Council on April 26, 2017.

City Council adopted the item TE23.9 - Queen Street East (Between Woodbine Avenue and Nursewood Road) - Restaurant Study - Final Report on April 26, 2017 with amendments. By-law 445-2017 was enacted.

Community Consultation

Staff held a community consultation meeting on March 23, 2016 with an attendance of 43 members of the public. The open house discussed existing conditions of the restaurants on Queen Street East and the typical issues that have been raised with restaurants and, in particularly, late night drinking establishments, such as noise, garbage, traffic congestion, and disruptive behaviour. The panels from the community consultation meeting can be viewed below:

Draft Restaurant By-law

The City Planning Division intends to bring forward the following Draft Restaurant By-law for Queen Street East to City Council that will change some of the standards that apply to restaurants. 

The table below shows a summary of the changes from the existing by-law governing restaurants to the draft by-law.

Summary of Existing and Draft By-law
 Existing By-lawDraft By-law

Maximum Restaurant Size

165 square metres, exclusive of mechanical equipment.

200 square metres, exclusive the space used for washrooms, kitchen or mechanical equipment.

Number and Location of Restaurnts within a Building

Does not limit the location or number of restaurants.

Limits a restaurant use to the ground floor and the size restriction of 200 square metres can apply to one restaurant or a combination.


Front patio only.

Front patio and a flanking patio that is 50% of the depth of the building in which the restaurant is located.

Windows and Doors on Rear and Flanking Walls

No provisions.

Operable doors and windows on rear and flanking walls will have a maximum combined area of 4.0 square metres.

Accessory Entertainment Uses

No provisions.

Accessory uses (stage, teletheatre gambling, a sound room, mechanical electronic games, and any entertainment or recreational facilities) are limited to 12 square metres. Dance floor and disc jockeys are prohibited.


1 parking space for each 100 square metres of total floor area used for the restaurant.

No parking provisions

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