24 Feb Toronto’s Iconic Randy’s Patties Announced Business Closure on Jamaica’s Patty Day
Jamaica’s Patty Day is difficult to celebrate this year. Why? Toronto Patty lovers are heartbroken affer hearing the official announcement that Randy’s Patties is closing effective February 26, 2022.
About Randy’s Patties
Randy’s Patties is a black owned family business founded in 1979. It is known to be one of Toronto’s iconic patty shops and their patties are the best in the city.
Randy’s Patties has been around for 40 years on Eglinton West.
Randy’s Patties Official Announcement on Instagram:
“Randy’s Take-Out Service Limited would like to confirm that we will be officially closing on Saturday February 26, 2022.
Due to a variety of issues, including years of endless Metrolinx construction, 2 years of COVID, labour shortages, and aging owners, we have decided to close our doors and re-evaluate our next steps going forward.
Our family business is proud to have been a staple here, in the heart of Little Jamaica along Eglinton Ave. West, for over 40 years.
Thank you for all the incredible love and support. We are very thankful to be a part of this amazing community. Thank you for all the great years. Y’all amazing and we’ll chat soon, promise.”
Here are some community tweets:
The history behind Jamaica’s Patty Day?
In the 1980’s the federal government claimed Jamaican patties did not match the technical definition of “beef patty” under the Meat Inspection Act.
February 1985 was the infamous “Patty Wars” between city food inspectors and patty vendors took place after officials told the vendors “that they could no longer use the term ‘beef patties.’”
After negotiations, our community and local Toronto businesses celebrated a win, and in honour of the resolution, February 23 has been claimed as “Patty Day” in Toronto.
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