Every time I visit Plan B merchant coop (2180 Gottingen Street, 802-0731) there are more people shopping, milling about or just plain hanging---today it was at least 15. And now comes 99ONE cafe ( 802-0512), which may just be the tipping point needed to make the entire coop successful.
99ONE is the brainchild of Josh Teasdale, who took business courses at NSCC in order to help him bring his dream of a cafe alive. His idea, for years, has been to run a place serving coffee and his kitchen creations---he makes paninis, salads and soups, among other dishes---along side other food products brought by cooks who wouldn't have the resources to run their own restaurant. In other words, a sort of mini-restaurant merchants' coop.
Teasdale was looking around for a place to open his cafe when he came across Plan B. "When I walked in, I immediately knew this is the place I'm supposed to be," he says. And now 99ONE is a reality--"a microcosm within a microcosm," he laughs.
The cafe is in the rear of Plan B, past the taxidermy and vinyl, and consists of about a dozen tables with chairs, with a small kitchen area. It's an extremely laid-back atmosphere, and evidently conducive to community. Teasdale opened only a few weeks ago, but he reports that he already has "devote regulars."
Besides his lunch fare, Teasdale serves Puddly Jump fair trade coffee roasted in Seaforth, and smoothies--he talks lyrically of a "chocolate almond five berry smoothie that is pretty damn great." There are very cubicles and shelves to rent to cooks to provide other foodstuffs, and already he's selling other people's muffins and raw food balls, with more on the way.