Toronto shoppers hungry for a hotdog along a super-expensive stretch of Bloor Street will have to walk a little farther to find their food.
The 10 street vendors who used to sell hotdogs along the strip west of Yonge Street, in front of some of the country's most expensive stores, have been told they no longer fit in.
That part of Bloor Street has just undergone an extensive remodelling. The $20-million redesign, which was funded by the local business improvement association, widened the sidewalks.
New planters along the wider sidewalks are being blamed for the hotdog decision.
"The bylaw that we go by contains measurements from street planters and trees," said Bruce Robertson, the director of licensing services for the city.
With the street planters in place, the vendors no longer have "3.66 metres of free space around the cart in all directions to allow for free pedestrian traffic," Robertson said.
The vendors say they had a feeling this might happen. They haven't been allowed on the street since 2008.
"It was in 2008 that the reconstruction started and they were apprised that it would all be under review when the reconstruction is complete," Roberston said.
But Nagib Amed, who runs a hotdog cart a block away, says the decision is a hard one for the vendors to swallow.
"I think it's not a good idea," he said. "I feel sorry for them."
Hotdog connoisseurs Mark Walley and Mike Gray agree.
"I don't like the idea. I think they should be allowed," Walley said.
"It's regrettable for the vendors," said Gray. "I think having carts adds to the charm — or did add to the charm — of Bloor Street while they were able to sell their hotdogs there."
The city says it's trying to find new spots — away from Bloor Street — for the turfed vendors.