Finding success through flexible financing

Calgary’s Blowers & Grafton has thrived during the pandemic thanks to painstaking planning and Merchant Growth’s solutions By Tom Nightingale Foodservice and hospitality is often a fine-margin business even at the best of times. There’s so much to juggle financially, from day-to-day product and operational expenses to salaries, from rent and insurance to health and […]

Restaurant Story: New Dundee Emporium

169 Front St., New Dundee, Ont.519-696-2059, After 17 years in business, the New Dundee Emporium is something of a staple in its close-knit Ontario town, doubling as a full-service restaurant offering lunch, afternoon tea, and high tea and women’s fashion boutique.  But when the province announced the temporary closure of all non-essential business, including […]

“It’s in our blood”: Getting into the family business

After growing up in their parents’ diner, Bill and Terry Argo were told to never get into the restaurant business. Thankfully, they didn’t listen. By Gregory Furgala The idea behind Symposium, the 28-franchise chain of cafes dotting southern Ontario, is literally painted onto each restaurant’s walls. Raphael’s famous fresco, The School of Athens, serves as […]

Canadian trailblazers: Christian Mena and Lino Oliveira, SABOR Restaurant, Edmonton

By Sean Moon In many ways it is a uniquely Canadian success story: Two hardworking childhood friends from immigrant families, growing up in the melting pot neighbourhood of North Edmonton and eventually realizing their dreams decades later thanks to a common passion for Latin food, music and culture. Christian Mena and Adelino (Lino) Oliveira, co-owners […]

The road less travelled: Brent Poulton, CEO, St. Louis Bar and Grill

By Sean Moon Most people would think that success in the foodservice industry can only be achieved through culinary education, related business experience or having a lifelong passion for food. Brent Poulton has come a long way towards proving them wrong. As CEO of Ontario-based St. Louis Bar and Grill restaurants, Poulton is the first […]