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

Source: St-Viateur Bagels website

Facebook: 21,896+ likes | Instagram: 28,200+ followers | Twitter: 3,552+ followers

Locations: 6 (Quebec)

Concept characteristics:

  • Bagel bakery and cafe founded in the 1950s
  • Longest-running bagel shop in Montreal, specializes in hand-rolled bagels
  • Family-owned and -operated and strongly rooted in the local community
  • Offers bagel shipping throughout Canada and to the United States
  • Hosts community block parties to fundraise for local charities
  • Catering is available

Menu snapshot:

  • Bagels are prepared in small batches to ensure individual quality and baked in wood-burning ovens and rotated throughout process for an even golden-brown colour
  • Varieties include sesame, poppy, all-dressed, rosemary and sea salt, cinnamon and raisin, whole wheat, plain, pumpernickel, blueberry, muesli, flax, and multigrain
  • Spread and cream cheese options include hummus, salmon spread, pesto cream cheese, and apple-cinnamon cream cheese
  • A specialty coffee menu features cappuccinos, moccaccinos, iced coffee, and chai lattes

OEB Breakfast Co.

Source: OEB Breakfast Co. website

Facebook: 5,517 likes | Instagram: 22,900+ followers | Twitter: 3,868+ followers

Locations: 8 (British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan)

Concept characteristics:

  • Full-service breakfast restaurant specializing in responsibly sourced, farm-to-table foods
  • Familiar breakfast classics balanced with unique fare
  • One U.S. location in Arizona
  • Offers contactless services such as digital menus and contactless payment

Menu snapshot:

  • Breakfast poutines with duck fat-fried herb potatoes include Tuna Crudo, Chunk Lobster Scramble, and Meatless to Say
  • Eggs Benedict comes in varieties such as traditional, Florentine, and truffled squash
  • On the sweet side, options include banana cream pie French toast and Belgian waffles
  • Housemade and organic callouts throughout the beverage menu
  • Classic breakfast cocktails such as mimosas and Bloody Marys available

Olly Fresco’s

Source: Olly Fresco’s website

Locations: 11 (Ontario, Alberta and Quebec)

Concept characteristics:

  • Brand’s mission is to be the neighbourhood’s go-to breakfast and lunch spot, geared toward urban professionals
  • Heavy emphasis placed on quality, with all ingredients brought in fresh daily
  • Several stores located in various business centres
  • New restaurant opening in Ottawa soon
  • Select locations offer catering

Menu snapshot:

  • Hot breakfast bar features hash browns, eggs, breakfast sausages, bacon, omelettes, baked beans, frittatas, and French toast
  • Customizable and premade breakfast sandwiches available
  • Hot lunch buffet spotlights globally inspired dishes, including Mumbai Curry, Chana Masala, and Shanghai Stir Fry
  • Sandwich bar offers both build-your-own and premade options, such as beef or chicken quesadillas
  • Protein bowls and salads feature several types of grains, grilled steak or chicken, and sauteed veggies

Concept Watch is based on restaurant and menu 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.

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