Get the Yurt out! A traditional round Mongolian tent usually stands outside The Ceili Cottage, at Queen and Leslie Sts., for the season is absent this year. The owner of the yurt, Patrick McMurray was forced to find a new location for the structure after a zoning disagreement with his landlord.From the city’s perspective, the yurt complied with the zoning bylaws, the use was fine, and it did not require a permit because of the size – local city councilor Mary-Margaret McMahon wants the yurt back in the community. McMurray said, he lent it to friend Brad Long, chef and owner at Cafe Belong at the Evergreen Brick Works.Long is developing a Mongolian-themed menu (think: stews and dumplings, he said), launching Friday for pub-style service and special events and of course they will still be selling oysters on the half shell!
Should the yurt return? Could this be an issue for other pop-up style businesses in the city?