Here today, gone tomorrow: the value of restaurant pop-ups

By Sylvia Tomczak Pop-ups aren’t an entirely new concept, but lately, they do seem to be appearing on just about every abandoned street corner or empty restaurant facade. From grocers to retailers and, of course, restaurants, the magic of the pop-up is that it’s here today and gone tomorrow. Either moving to a bricks-and-mortar location […]

Winter patios are key again but are they a safe option?

The COVID-19 wheel keeps spinning and indoor dining is now greatly reduced or off the table entirely in numerous provinces across Canada. Earlier in the pandemic, outdoor dining was hailed as a saviour by many restaurants, and that applies to winter patios, not just warm-weather ones. The trouble, of course, is making that a comfortable […]

The psychology of restaurant interior design

By Jude Kamal Sometimes, a customer will walk into a restaurant and instantly feel relaxed, comfortable, and ready to have a pleasant time. That should be the aim of every restaurateur, and there is a science behind making patrons feel that way. Great restaurant settings don’t just happen randomly; they are designed that way. There […]

Concept Watch: Banh Mi Boys, 49th Parallel, California Sandwiches

By Katie Belflower RestoBiz and Technomic have linked up again for Concept Watch to highlight three standout restaurant concepts on show in Canadian foodservice right now. This month, the focus is on Banh Mi Boys, 49th Parallel Coffee Roasters, and California Sandwiches and how each is standing out from the crowd in Canadian foodservice. Banh Mi Boys Instagram: […]

Avoiding restaurant patio pests this summer

By Alice Sinia Efforts to return to pre-pandemic activities coupled with warmer weather means patrons are heading back to restaurant patio dining. At the same time, customers and employees still expect restaurants to do their part in helping keep them safe while they dine. In many ways, restauranteurs already have this top of mind, deploying […]

Concept Watch: St-Viateur, OEB Breakfast, Olly Fresco’s

By Katie Belflower RestoBiz and Technomic have teamed up again for Concept Watch to highlight three standout restaurant concepts on show in Canadian foodservice right now. This month, the focus is on St-Viateur Bagels, OEB Breakfast Co., and Olly Fresco’s Salad Bar and how each is standing out from the crowd in Canadian foodservice. St-Viateur Bagels […]

Canadian food truck manufacturer tries its hand at ghost kitchens

By Richard Dal Monte A busy Canadian manufacturer of food trucks and mobile kitchens is partnering with an American company that has extensive urban land holdings for an innovative project aimed at supporting bricks-and-mortar restaurants and serving their customers. Apollo Custom Manufacturing Ltd. of Surrey, B.C. has signed a deal with Florida-based Reef Technology Inc. […]

Popeyes launching first sustainably built restaurant in Canada

Fast-food chain Popeyes has partnered with Canadian green construction technology company Nexii Building Solutions Inc. to deliver its first sustainably constructed Canadian restaurant. The building Abbotsford, B.C. was constructed in less than two weeks. It is Popeyes’ 12th restaurant in the province and supports the Popeyes brand’s rapid growth and expansion in Canada. The new […]

Concept Watch: LOV, Terroni, Starving Artist

By Katie Belflower Once again, in this latest edition of Concept Watch, RestoBiz and Technomic highlight three standouts in restaurant design and concepts that are on show in Canadian foodservice. This month, the focus is on LOV, Terroni, and Starving Artist and how the restaurant design of each is standing out from the crowd in […]

Wendy’s looks to expand Canadian and digital presence

Wendy’s plans to expand its global footprint to 8,000 restaurants by 2025 include focusing on Canadian and digital expansion. Chief Development Officer Abigail Pringle said the restaurant chain is focusing on driving growth through nontraditional locations. Some 30 per cent of the roughly 1,200 new locations will be nontraditional units, including ghost kitchens, delivery-only locations, fuel, […]