restaurant concepts to watch in August

August’s top restaurant concepts to watch

By Aaron Jourden

In this edition of “concepts to watch,” we highlight three restaurant concepts that are making an impact on Canadian diners this August. Here’s a look at the characteristics and menu offerings that make these restaurants unique:

Kekuli Cafe Coffee & Bannock

Instagram: 1,232 followers | Facebook: 6,197 | Twitter: 5,398 followers
Locations: 2 (British Columbia)

Concept characteristics:

  • First Nations-owned fast-casual cafe brand
  • Canadian Indigenous comfort food as well as specialty coffees and teas
  • Signature bannock frybread served in an atmosphere with light pow-wow music and aboriginal art
  • Breakfast, lunch, dinner and drinks

Menu snapshot:

  • Pow Wow Frybread Indian Taco—chili on toasted frybread with shredded lettuce, housemade pebre, sour cream and cheddar cheese
  • Kekuli Burger—beef, Kekuli sauce and select toppings on toasted frybread
  • Wild Salmon Breakfast Bannock—a breakfast sandwich with housemade dill cream cheese, egg, Havarti cheese, spinach and tomato on toasted bannock
  • The Great Canadian Maple Latte—a rich latte flavoured with maple

Allo Mon Coco

Instagram: 516 followers | Facebook: 8,217 | Twitter: 86 followers
Locations: 25 (Quebec)

Concept characteristics:

  • Full-service retro-chic positioning
  • Mix of traditional and modern breakfast items
  • Large and varied menu offers a range of portion sizes, as well as healthy and indulgent dishes
  • Whimsical breakfast-inspired decor accents

Menu snapshot:

  • Smoked Salmon Eggs Benedict—served with fruit and potatoes
  • Fruit Pancakes—pancakes, seasonal fruits, English cream, white chocolate and hazelnut chocolate
  • Buttermilk Pancakes with Bacon—a stack of pancakes topped with bacon, Swiss cheese, an egg and maple syrup
  • Red Velvet Waffles—topped with fruit and chocolate sauce

Vinnie Gambini

Instagram: N/A | Facebook: 960 | Twitter: 28 followers
Locations: 3 (Montreal)

Concept characteristics:

  • Full-service contemporary Italian concept
  • Dishes range from the authentic Italian to imaginative Canadian pub fare
  • Relaxed and rustic Italian-influenced dining atmosphere
  • Emphasis on quality ingredients

Menu snapshot:

  • Margherita Pizza—with grilled roma tomato, basil, buffalo mozzarella and tomato sauce
  • Lobster Mac & Cheese Pasta—with smoked Gouda, black tiger shrimp, lobster pancetta and cream sauce
  • Vinnie Burger—with sauteed onion, arugula, fig aioli and Brie

About the author:

Aaron Jourden is the managing editor – global & distribution at Chicago-based Technomic Inc., a Winsight company. Technomic provides clients with the facts, insights and consulting support they need to enhance their business strategies, decisions and results. Its services include publications and digital products, as well as proprietary studies and ongoing research on all aspects of the food industry. For more information visit

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