Celebrating a North York tradition
United Bakers Dairy Restaurant dates back to 1912
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