July 10, 2010
Ready for the big game
By DON PEAT, QMI Agency
Toronto streets will either be awash in orange or red Sunday as the World Cup final kicks off between the Netherlands and Spain.
Hogtown bars and restaurants favoured by fans on either side were making final preparations Saturday.
Whether you’re cheering for Netherlands’ Oranje (The Orange) or Spanish La Furia Roja (Red Fury) or you’re just a fan of the beautiful game, there will be no shortage of places to watch Sunday’s match — although seats may be in high demand.
Spanish fans are expected to be out in force on College St.
Plaza Flamingo owner Andres Ceballos said his phone hasn’t stopped ringing with people trying to reserve tables at his College St. restaurant, just east of Bathurst St.
“It’s impossible,” Ceballos said. “(We’ll have) more than a full house. I’m scared of it.”
He’s been telling people to start lining up at 11 a.m. Sunday if they hope to get inside and he’s brought in extra everything, including staff for the last beautiful game of the tournament.
At Liberty Village, School Bakery and Cafe on Fraser Ave., near King St. W. and Dufferin St., will be hosting Dutch fans cheering on the Netherlands team. According to the website, dutchtreat.ca, Fraser Ave. will be blocked off and there will be a beer tent along with some extra TV screens.
At another Dutch headquarters, Betty’s on King St. E., just east of Sherbourne St., owner Alex Bartlett said they’ve stocked up on Grolsch beer, “a lot of Grolsch” for an expected full house.
“It’ll be full for sure,” Bartlett said.
During earlier Dutch World Cup games, Bartlett said the restaurant next door even opened its doors to take in overflow fans needing to see a TV.