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VEGAN BUTCHER YAMCHOPS IS THE HEALTH-FORWARD STAR AT STACKT, DOWNTOWN TORONTO'S INNOVATIVE NEW MARKET

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MARIE WAINE

APR 29, 2019

YamChops

Restaurant

Toronto’s newest market is stacked in more ways than one. The once-empty piece of land in King West is now piled high with everything you need to make for a memorable day downtown.

SHIPS AHOY

stackt is the latest cultural lifestyle hub to enter Toronto’s ever-growing market scene. But it’s not just another food hall, community center, or retail location. The 120 grey shipping containers standing tall at the corner of Bathurst and Front streets create a welcoming, fluid space for community and a backdrop to a never-ending line-up of artisans and events.

Walk onto the 100,000-square-foot property and you’ll be taken by just how big and open the area feels in the middle of the city. What you won’t notice is loud and flashy branding — the minimalistic and neutral look of stackt is meant to reflect the endless possibilities for the space. Expect outdoor movie screenings, competitive painting art battles, dance parties with live DJs, and a rotating selection of chefs holding dinner parties — our summer plans have never looked better!

A love for health and wellness plays a major role in the design of stackt. As you explore the winding pathways, you’ll find a community garden, picnic and sitting areas, local favourite coffee shop Reunion Coffee Roasters, over 25 other retail spaces featuring local and international brands, a basketball court, and even a Belgian Moon mobile brewery.

280 SQUARE FEET OF PLANT POWER

One of the tastiest retailers to set up shop in a container is YamChops, a plant-based butcher and market — think of it as a take-out counter and grocer all in one, offering 100% vegan products. The original storefront in Little Italy is famous for its fresh eats and friendly service, so it’s a no brainer that the brand jumped on the opportunity for another location in a new, trendy space.

Expect this Yam Chops outpost to fill your basket with the same plant-powered eats you know and love them for, like the award-winning Szechuan “Beef,” served in a bowl of brown rice and veggies, and the famous pickled carrot lox. Grab a side of creamy potato salad, made sans dairy, and you’ve got yourself the perfect picnic meal.

But before you leave to hang on stackt’s Astroturf and enjoy the multi-level market views, stroll down the micro-shop’s aisles and stock up on house-made sauces, meat-free protein sources, and sustainable living products, like a wooden spork to help you eat it all!

The stackt marketplace and all its tenants opened for business on April 10, 2019, including YamChops, whose container right off “The Yard” has a perfect view of the CN Tower.