The City of Toronto said it was investigating the licensing and noise by-law compliance of two “eating establishments”, after residents filed complaints alleging they operated nightclubs.
Residents of 801 King Street West, near Niagara Street, say they are kept awake at night by loud noises from Hyde Social, which opened last month at the base of the condominium, and Pizza Wine Disco, which started operations a few months ago across the street.
“We hear vibrations, like a boom boom, your typical bass coming from a nightclub,” said Susan, who lives on the eighth floor. She only wanted to be identified by her first name.
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“Someone was hearing that they could actually hear the DJ announcing every song. There are people working shifts, they need to sleep, they come in at odd hours. It’s just not good.
Susan uses a humidifier at night for white noise. Marc Broccoli, who lives on the 11th floor, installed a second air conditioner in his apartment for the same reason.
“Even when the weather is nice and you’d like to sleep with the windows open, you can’t,” Broccoli said.
Dave MacVicar, who has lived on the second floor for 17 years, now uses earplugs when he goes to bed.
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“There’s no way you can sleep with the nightclub on,” he said. “The worst thing is the time of day. It’s from about 11pm to about 3am”
Trade license records show that Hyde Social and Pizza Wine Disco are licensed as ‘eating establishments’ and not as ‘nightclubs or entertainment establishments’.
A nightclub or entertainment establishment is described by the City of Toronto as “a dance hall where seating is not provided for all patrons” and where “food or drink may be offered.”
Videos on social media from inside both establishments show crowded rooms, with patrons dancing.
The City of Toronto confirms that it has received complaints about both sites and is investigating whether the establishments have the appropriate business licenses and are in compliance with noise bylaws.
In a statement to Global News, Hyde Social said: “Hyde operates as a licensed restaurant and bar with a full kitchen, serving food and drink. We strive to be good neighbors and as such, when we were made aware of noise concerns, we hired an accredited sound company who performed a full analysis of our operations.
“Our operations have been confirmed to be within the permitted noise levels prescribed in accordance with municipal regulations.”
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Pizza Wine Disco also claims to be in compliance with all municipal regulations.
“PWD is not a nightclub, it’s a restaurant. The venue doesn’t have a dance floor or guest list and doesn’t charge a “cover/entry fee”. The kitchen remains open during business hours and food programming is the focal point of our business,” a statement read.
“We are deeply saddened by the relentless attack on our business by a handful of neighbors who have continually tried to shut us down since our inception.”
A petition “Close the nightclub portion of Pizza Wine Disco (PWD)” has garnered over a thousand signatures.
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