By Rebecca Burton
After a four-week search Ryerson has named independent coffee house Balzac’s as the new café to open in the Image Arts building.
“I’m thrilled Balzac is coming and I think this is going to be great for the Ryerson community,” says Julia Hanigsberg, VP administration and finance.
Sheldon Levy says Balzac’s beat out other big coffee house names such as Starbucks that were included on the shortlist in response to Ryerson’s request for proposals published on Aug. 10.
The coffee house which has their own roastery in Stoney Creek, Ont., will offer coffee and espresso beverages along with a small collection of sandwiches and pastries.
The cafe will be located at the Gould and Bond Streets corner of the building, with plans to open early next year.
“I felt that we fit because we are local, have strong ties with the art and creative community of Toronto and use a lot of sustainable, organic products,” said Diana Olsen, President of Balzac’s.