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Linuxcaffe looks distinctly deadpool

Things aren't looking good for popular coffee shop and tech hub Linuxcaffe. Earlier this summer, management papered up the windows and posted signs announcing a temporary closure for renovations. Sadly, it seems the store has failed to emerge from its cocoon. The notices have come down without explanation and the store's phone has been disconnected.

Speaking with other store owners in the area, it seems as though Linux has now been dormant for some time. Next door neighbour Tosca Teran, who runs Nanopod: Hybrid Studio, a jewellery workshop, says the landlord has a signed lease with another "well-known" local cafe that's ready to take over the space.

As the name suggests, the coffee shop was a home for Toronto's open-source software developers as well as a meeting place for less technologically minded locals. Opened in 2003 in an old convenience store, the shop specialized in dark roast coffee, home baked treats and friendly cyberphile welcomes.

The Harbord and Grace cafe is listed as "permanently closed" on Google Maps, and no-one seems to have disputed that fact through the available channels. Emails and phone calls to Linuxcaffe have so far gone unanswered.

We'll provide an update post if/when we find out anything more about the closure or the new cafe that's rumoured to be on its way.

Photo: "Linux Caffe +" by artnation_canada in the theGentries Flickr pool.

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