Back in December, we told you about a mystery pop-up taking over the space once occupied by the Jamaican restaurant Ackee Tree. It’s not so mysterious anymore: Come and Get It opened about a week and a half ago, and is more than aptly named—the building, now owned by condo developers, will be cleared any moment now for the construction of a new condo. The man behind the pop-up restaurant is Jon Polubiec (Mistura, Windsor Arms, Prego, Moveable Feast) with friends Marco Deviato (Windsor Arms), Jay Repovz (Capitol Theatre) and Mark Jarvis (Mavrik Wine Bar) helping out.
As you might expect with a temporary restaurant, there are few permanent fixtures and a heck of a lot of DIY. The seating consists of makeshift tables and counters made of rough plywood, old stools from Little Anthony’s Restaurant (which is going through renos of its own at the moment) and two large picnic tables in the back. The walls are covered in a bright pink-magenta paint, and outside there’s a graffiti-inspired sign painted by local artist Skam. The nostalgic ’90s rec-room vibe is finished off with Archie comics, neon lunchboxes, a poster of Optimus Prime and an N64 system that you can actually play.
The owners take their food—presented in a combinatorial menu—a little more seriously than their décor. The menu starts with the choice of sandwich ($8), salad ($9) or poutine ($7). Then, there’s a choice of how you want it: Chipotle Beef Short Rib, Hawaiian Pork Belly, Granny Smith Chicken Caesar or Herbed Crunchy Green Beans. For example, if you choose the Granny Smith Chicken Caesar Salad, you’ll get crunchy romaine lettuce with pulled chicken, granny smith apples, grana padano cheese, all tossed in a garlic confit Caesar dressing and topped with crispy chicken skin. Of course, the whole operation is here today, but might well be gone tomorrow—so hurry on over before they put up a condo in its place.
Come and Get It, 170 Spadina Ave., 647-344-3416, @comeandgetit416