130 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M5H 4G1
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Today I discovered a new unique, historical, beautiful and accessible restaurant in the heart of downtown! I had never been inside the courthouses at Queen and University before and was intrigued to find out that there is a restaurant in there! The historical courthouses were recently open for the Doors Open festival and apparently over 10 000 people visited. I'm happy to report that this building is fully accessible for all to visit!
The restaurant is worth visiting just to see inside the building, but the menu looked delicious, changes daily, and is focused on local, seasonal ingredients. The restaurant is run by The Law Society but is open to the public every day between over lunch time and reservations are recommended. The restaurant is closed to the public in July and August so go soon or else you'll have to wait until the fall!
There are two entrances to Osgoode Hall where the Osgoode Hall Restaurant is located. Both are accessible with ramps. The main entrance is located on the side of the building up a sidewalk just off York Street in between the courthouse and Nathan Philips Square. When you enter the courthouse you will go through a door measuring 40 inches wide with an automatic door opener. You pass through a quick security screening and go up a roomy elevator to the restaurant. The restaurant itself also has a few different entrances but all are at least 37 inches wide.
The dining room has many tables with removable chairs and tables measuring 28-30 inches tall. The floors in the restaurant and throughout the building are smooth and level and vary from tile, carpet or wood. There are two accessible individual washrooms near the restaurant. The door measures 40 inches across and has an automatic opener. The stalls were quite large and soap and paper towel are in reaching distance.
This restaurant is located close to Osgoode subway station and the 501 Queen St. streetcar. There is a Green P right next door at Nathan Phillips Square at110 Queen St W.
I also learned about the beautiful library in the building that is open to the public! If you go for lunch be sure to check it out. I included a picture - enjoy!
What's the latest new thing you have learned about in Toronto? Did you attend Doors Open? Were venues accessible? Let us know in the comments below.