Cel­e­brat­ing a North York tra­di­tion

United Bak­ers Dairy Restau­rant dates back to 1912

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Aaron Ladovsky and Sarah Eichler em­i­grated from Poland to Toronto and opened the United Bak­ers cof­fee shop in 1912, first on Agnes Street, and then on Spad­ina Av­enue. Ladovsky and his wife would have no idea that the legacy they founded would con­tinue to en­dure more than a cen­tury later. Now owned by Aaron and Sarah’s grand­chil­dren Philip Ladovsky and his sis­ter Ruthie. In 1984, the fam­ily restau­rant moved to North York. United Bak­ers Dairy Restau­rant has be­come an his­toric jewel, at­tract­ing both promi­nent in­di­vid­u­als, like Mayor John Tory and [standup co­me­dian], Jackie Ma­son, as well as gen­er­a­tions of faith­ful Jewish din­ers. Philip’s son Nathan spoke to Post City about his great-grand­fa­ther’s legacy.

Why the move to North York?

“We were re­spond­ing to chang­ing de­mo­graph­ics at the time. While the Jewish com­mu­nity on Spad­ina was thriv­ing, we knew that the writ­ing was on the wall, and we had to move north to main­tain our strong con­nec­tion with those that we serve.”

What are you best known for?

“Pea soup, greek salad and tuna on a bagel — that’s like the Holy Trin­ity. But we are also known for our tra­di­tional Jewish dishes, our gefilte fish and our blintzes.”

Can you share any pe­cu­liar sto­ries from your his­tory?

“Some­body tried to rob us when we were back on Spad­ina. The way that the po­lice found them was some­body walked by and no­ticed that there was some­one in United Bak­ers af­ter hours, and lo and be­hold, it was the thief who de­cided to help him­self to some ice cream.”

How do you carry on your great-grand­fa­ther’s legacy?

“Serv­ing the same style of com­fort food, with the same in­gre­di­ents, the same qual­ity and fresh­ness.” (506 Lawrence Ave. W.)

L–R: two wait­resses, Aaron Ladovsky and his wife Sarah

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