Concept Watch: Sula, Notre Boeuf de Grace, Pizzeria Libretto

By Katie Belflower

Technomic’s latest Concept Watch for RestoBiz highlights three standout restaurant concepts on show right now in Canadian foodservice.

This month, the focus is on how Sula Indian Restaurant, Notre Boeuf de Grace, and Pizzeria Libretto are standing out from the crowd with a remarkable restaurant design and the latest menu trends.

Via Sula Indian Restaurant website

Sula Indian Restaurant

Facebook: 1,750 likes | Instagram: 3,450 followers | Twitter: 1,076 followers

Locations: 2 (British Columbia)

Concept characteristics:

  • Full-service restaurants serving up traditional Indian food from different regions of India
  • Dining rooms decorated with plants, indoor water features, and fish tanks
  • Sells Sula Indian Restaurant-branded wines and ice creams
  • Offers home delivery, takeout, and catering

Menu snapshot:

  • Serves Indian food from different regions of both south and north India
  • Utilizes spices that are roasted and ground in-house and fresh herbs to impart flavour
  • Tandoori breads are baked fresh in a Jaipuri tandoori oven
  • Offers vegan, vegetarian, nondairy and gluten-free options, with vegan options including Channa Masala and Gobi Aloo
  • Serves unique globally inspired cocktails, including the Tamarind Margarita, Goan Sour, and Spiked Masala Soda
Via Notre Boeuf de Grace website

Notre Boeuf de Grace

Facebook: 5,878 likes | Instagram: 11,900 followers

Locations: 9 (Quebec)

Concept characteristics:

  • Casual-dining restaurant specializing in burgers and brunch foods with an emphasis on fresh, housemade items
  • Interiors feature neon signs and art on the walls for a fun atmosphere
  • Some locations offer outdoor seating
  • Online ordering available for both delivery and takeout

Menu snapshot:

  • Uses fresh beef for burgers, ground in-house daily
  • Almost all menu items are housemade, including sauces and sodas, and many ingredients are locally sourced
  • Extensive burger menu featuring a burger of the month, as well as signature burgers such as The Orozco and Biblical Brie
  • Serves up over-the-top milkshakes such as Candy Land, Banana Brownie Split, and Strawberry Cheesecake
Via Pizzeria Libretto website

Pizzeria Libretto

Facebook: 4,658 likes | Instagram: 30,200 followers | Twitter: 12,000 followers

Locations: 5 (Ontario)

Concept characteristics:

  • Full-service Neapolitan-style pizza chain
  • Bright interiors featuring hanging greenery and visible pizza ovens
  • Strongly rooted in local community, taking part in community initiatives and fundraisers
  • Frozen pizzas for sale in various grocery stores in the area
  • Offers delivery through third-party apps

Menu snapshot:

  • Specializes in Neapolitan-style pizza cooked on a stone in wood-fired pizza ovens
  • Sourdough crust fermented for 72 hours
  • Neapolitan pizza options include Margherita, Burrata, Capricciosa, and Duck Confit
  • Sicilian- and New York-style pizzas also available
  • Classic Italian desserts served up including tiramisu, gelato, budino, and torta di limone

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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