Start to Finish: Taking a new concept from drawing board to opening day

David Hopkins Whole food for the soul — that’s the mantra behind Mary Be Kitchen, where the food is fresh, the dishes are wholesome, and the recipes are good for you. The concept focuses on substance over style, with a menu that allows customers to build their own, healthy meals, selecting from tried-and-true clean proteins like […]

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) […]

Chutneys Indian Grill sets sights on national expansion

Fast casual/QSR Indian restaurant concept coming to BC in 2018 Chutneys Indian Grill, Canada’s first fast casual/QSR Indian restaurant concept, will soon be bringing its unique Indian quick serve street eats to South Surrey, British Columbia. The first location was opened in Edmonton, Alberta in 2016, with the restaurant winning multiple Golden Fork Awards including […]

Planta Burger launches in Toronto’s financial district, September 5

Chase Hospitality Group introduces new 100 per cent plant-based restaurant concept Press release Chase Hospitality Group has announced the company’s latest plant-based restaurant concept, Planta Burger, is launching in Toronto’s financial district, Tuesday, September 5, 2017. The new gourmet food, quick service destination opens in the space currently housed by Little Fin, scheduled to close for renovations on Saturday, August 19, […]

Designing a profitable restaurant concept

By Doug Radkey No question, every restaurant or food and beverage related establishment starts with a vision. A dream for most that must be met with the right research, planning, and overall mind-set. Similar to the true definition of branding, one’s market will, and must, also define the concept. To be successful, you must be […]