Finnish bush workers who wanted a home base for inexpensive, hearty meals on their days off and during seasonal layoffs decided to open a co-op restaurant in the basement of the new Finnish Labour Temple at 314 Bay Street. The founding meeting was held on March 27, 1918. Fifty-nine people contributed $5 each in “comrade loans,” and the Hoito (which means “care” in Finnish) opened on May 1. It featured a cafeteria-style layout with long tables and an all-you-can eat buffet for 25¢. If you bought a weekly ticket, 21 meals cost $4 total.
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