Concept Watch: Chinese comfort food, classic Americana and gourmet donuts

By Sophie Mir Why be a jack-of-all-trades when you might end up a master of none? The three featured franchises in this edition of Concept Watch are all masters of their particular craft, bringing form and focus to handmade noodles, house-ground burgers and fresh-made donuts. They also just so happen to trafficking in trending menu […]

Concept Watch: iHalo Krunch, Glory Juice Co. and Bro’Kin Yolk

By Sophie Mir In this edition of Concept Watch, we look at three very different operations that nevertheless share a penchant for striking branding and a commitment to serving an accessible, quality product. Loading charcoal-laced cones with brightly-hued soft serve, Toronto-based iHalo Krunch is tailor-made for social media consumption, while  Vancouver’s Glory Juice Co.’s shops look like […]

Concept Watch: The Green Moustache, Vivo Ristorante and Planta

By Sophie Mir In this edition of Concept Watch, we highlight three restaurant concepts that are making an impact on Canadian diners, including a health-focused cafe, an old-school Italian restaurant and a cutting-edge restaurant serving only plant-based fare. Below, we sketch out the characteristics and menu options that have earned these operations their success and acclaim. […]

Concept Watch: Lovepizza, Union Chicken and Holy Grill

By Sophie Mir In this edition of Concept Watch, we highlight three restaurants that are making an impact on Canadian diners, including a pair of fast-casuals from Alberta and a new-ish Ontario chicken joint. Below, we look at the characteristics and menu offerings that make these restaurants unique. Lovepizza The Numbers Locations: 2 (Edmonton and St. Albert) […]