Restaurant concepts to watch for July

By Kristin Menas

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

Flock Rotisserie + Greens

Instagram: 3,205 followers | Twitter: 448 followers
Locations: 3 (Toronto)

Concept characteristics:

  • Quality, healthy rotisserie chicken and specialty salads
  • Free-range birds sourced from Farm Fresh Poultry Co. in Harrison, Ont.
  • Vegetable-based salads with better-for-you ingredients
  • Concept ranges from fast-casual units to full-service units with bar service

Menu snapshot:

  • Classic Chicken—chicken rubbed with a house blend of spices and dry-cured for 24 hours before being roasted for 60 to 70 minutes, served with a choice of Caribbean pepper or chimichurri sauces
  • Pulled Rotisserie Chicken Sandwich—signature rotisserie chicken with avocado, romaine and horseradish-beet-apple slaw on a soft milk bun
  • Boho Flock Salad—marinated kale salad, red quinoa, cherry tomato, roasted and raw beets, dried currants, pumpkin seeds, carrots, pomegranate, sweet peppers and beet-basil-orange vinaigrette

Via Cibo

Instagram: 681 followers | Facebook: 2,442 likes | Twitter: 727 followers
Locations: 4 (Toronto, Edmonton and Calgary)

Concept characteristics:

  • Fast-casual format
  • Refined Italian recipes reconstructed as affordable options
  • Slow-cooked, scratch-made items and local ingredients
  • Specialize in made-to-order piadina flatbread sandwiches
  • Other offerings like pizza, pasta, panini and Italian soda

Menu snapshot:

  • Prosciutto Piadina—thinly sliced prosciutto, arugula, fior di latte, roasted garlic aioli and fig-infused balsamic reduction folded in an ancient Italian flatbread
  • Carbonara Pasta—penne or linguine with pancetta, farm-fresh egg, shaved Grana Padano and fresh parsley
  • Pollo Al Pesto Pizza—locally sourced grilled chicken, roasted peppers, caramelized onions, tomato, pesto, broccolini, goat cheese and fior di latte

Analog Coffee

Instagram: 6,979 followers | Facebook: 2,985 likes | Twitter: 2,553 followers
Locations: 4 (Calgary)

Concept characteristics:

  • Concept from Fratello Coffee Roasters
  • Trendy slow-coffee movement
  • Units feature latest coffee-making technology and equipment
  • Mainly young, hip, stylish staff and clientele
  • Weekly events like vinyl record nights and live local music

Menu snapshot:

  • Ethically sourced single-origin beans from the world’s leading coffee-growing regions
  • Beans expertly roasted at the chain’s Fratello Coffee Roasters roasterie in Calgary
  • Variety of steeped, whole-leaf, single-estate teas

About the author:

Kristin Menas is the Associate Editor, Canada & Adult Beverage at Technomic Inc. in Chicago. 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