Concepts to Watch: Mont Tacos, Boardwalk Fries Burgers Shakes, and Industria Pizzeria + Bar

By Katie Belflower

In the final 2023 edition of Concept Watch from RestoBiz and Technomic, we spotlight three unique restaurant concepts in Canadian foodservice, highlighting what makes them stand out from the crowd.

This month, the focus is on Mont Tacos, Boardwalk Fries Burgers Shakes, and Industria Pizzeria + Bar.


Mont Tacos


Mont Taco

Image Source: Mont Taco Instagram

 Facebook: 2,700 likes | Instagram: 14,700 followers

Locations: 13 (Quebec and Ontario)

Concept characteristics:

  • Quick-service concept dishing up customizable French-style tacos, consisting of a grilled flour tortilla filled with indulgent toppings
  • Blends a unique French dish with classic Canadian flavours
  • Strong focus on innovation, quality, and customer service
  • Franchising opportunities are available

Menu snapshot:

  • Serves French Tacos, which are flour tortillas filled with toppings such as meat, fries, and cheese, and then grilled
  • Meat options include chicken cutlet, falafel, ground beef, and Philly steak
  • Offers a large variety of other toppings such as beef bacon, cheddar cheese, fried onions, and jalapeños
  • Customizable dessert tacos are also served up, with bases including honey, peanut butter, caramel and raspberry coulis


Boardwalk Fries Burgers Shakes



Image Source: Boardwalk Fries Burgers Shakes Instagram

Facebook: 8,700 likes | Instagram: 916 followers

Locations: 22 (Alberta, British Columbia, Ontario, and Saskatchewan)

Concept characteristics:

  • Fast-casual restaurant specializing in handcrafted burgers, Canadian dairy shakes, and fries
  • Aiming to bring a classic boardwalk beach food experience to locations throughout Canada
  • Menu items are made to order
  • Franchising opportunities are available

Menu snapshot:

  • Burger options include the Boardwalk Classic with cheddar cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, and secret sauce
  • Other burger choices include the Barbecue Cheddar Beef Bacon, Mushroom Swiss, and Hawaiian with teriyaki grilled pineapple
  • Famous Boardwalk Fries are served lightly salted and made to order
  • Additional fry options include Parmesan Garlic, Chipotle Bacon, Bacon Cheddar Ranch, Chili Cheese, and Jalapeño Cheddar
  • Shakes are made with Canadian dairy


Industria Pizzeria + Bar


Pepperoni E Formaggio Pizza

Image Source: Industria Pizzeria + Bar Instagram

Facebook: 8,600 likes | Instagram: 1,067 followers

Locations: 8 (Ontario and Quebec)

Concept characteristics:

  • Contemporary casual-dining chain focused on a fusion of authentic and modern Italian cuisine
  • Large plate sizes with generous portions
  • Cozy interiors with red and black accents and hanging light fixtures
  • Delivery and takeout are available

Menu snapshot:

  • Appetizers include Caprese salad, bruschetta, meatballs, burrata and fried calamari
  • Pastas are fresh and house-made
  • Pizzas are made in a wood-fired pizza oven
  • Craft cocktail options such as Aperol Spritz, Apertivo Negroni, and Margarita Italiano with tequila and limoncello
  • Dessert options include affogato, Nutella Creme Brulée and Tiramisu Della Nonna

Concept Watch is based on restaurant and menu concepts and trends noted by Technomic Inc.

Katie Belflower is Associate Editor for Technomic, a Chicago-based foodservice research and consulting firm. Technomic provides clients with the facts, insights and consulting support they need to enhance their business strategies, decisions and results. The company’s services include publications and digital products as well as proprietary studies and ongoing research on all aspects of the food industry, including menu trends.

Feature image via Industria Pizzeria + Bar’s Facebook