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Chocolate café that started in Montreal has permanently closed all locations in Toronto

Chocolate café that started in Montreal has permanently closed all locations in Toronto
Chocolate café that started in Montreal has permanently closed all locations in Toronto

All branches of chocolate and dessert shops in Montreal that opened with great enthusiasm have now closed.

When Montreal café, chocolate and dessert shop Cacao70 opened the doors to its first Toronto location in 2015, the excitement among the city’s sweet-food lovers was palpable.

Known for its toothache-inducing molten chocolate pancakes, decadent waffles and extensive range of chocolate milkshakes, the café is an oasis for both chocolate addicts and dessert lovers.

The dessert chain now has Canadian locations in Montreal, Quebec City, Ottawa, Barrie, Canmore, Saskatchewan, Halifax and Edmonton, as well as international forays into Senegal and Guatemala. It’s safe to say the dessert chain is on top of the world, except in Toronto.

The chain once had multiple locations in the city, including Scarborough, the Distillery District and Queen West, but now all that’s remembered are the flowing chocolate fountains that once filled the area.

After establishments around the city slowly but surely went under, the Distillery District, which opened first, was the last to survive. It also closed its doors for good earlier this year and was replaced by the gluten-free bakery Jardin.

Cacao70 did not respond to blogTO’s request for comment on why the chain doesn’t seem to be doing as well in the Toronto market as it has elsewhere within the company, but the owner of Cacao70 at Toronto Premium Outlets, now the closest location for chocolate lovers in Toronto, did offer some insight.

“All (Cacao70) locations are franchises,” they tell blogTO. By that, they mean that the chain did not leave the city on purpose, but that each location closed individually for its own reasons.

The owner tells blogTO that they don’t know exactly why each location closed, but they believe “low sales volume” combined with the continued impact of the pandemic could be the cause.

There’s no word yet on whether Cacao70 will return to Toronto, so for your next chocolate cravings you’ll have to head outside the city to Halton (Toronto Premium Outlets) or Barrie.