MA­TRIX

Feed the East Food trucks aren’t the only Van­cou­ver eater­ies on the move. A baker’s dozen of restau­rant groups from A to Z are giv­ing Toronto, and other places, a taste of what they bring to the ta­ble

BC Business Magazine - - Contents - By Felic­ity Stone

Van­cou­ver restau­rant chains keep mak­ing their way east

ASSEMBLI

FLAVOUR PRO­FILE: Build-your-own cus­tom-made sal­ads and piz­zas for one price LO­CA­TIONS: 3 VAN­COU­VER ORIG­I­NAL: Cam­bie and 8th, 2017 IN TORONTO: Church and Carl­ton, 2018 PLUS: No cur­rent plans for other lo­ca­tions

BAUHAUS

FLAVOUR PRO­FILE: Mod­ern Ger­man cui­sine with West Coast in­flu­ences LO­CA­TIONS: 1 VAN­COU­VER ORIG­I­NAL: W. Cor­dova and Car­rall, 2015 IN TORONTO: Rich­mond St. W., spring 2020 PLUS: China's Ocean Flower Is­land, 2020

CAC­TUS CLUB CAFE

FLAVOUR PRO­FILE: Up­scale ca­sual West Coast LO­CA­TIONS: 29 VAN­COU­VER ORIG­I­NAL: Pem­ber­ton Ave., North Van­cou­ver, 1988 IN TORONTO: Ade­laide St. W., 2015; Sher­way Gar­dens mall, 2018 PLUS: Cal­gary, Ed­mon­ton, Saska­toon

DON­NELLY GROUP

FLAVOUR PRO­FILE: Pubs with neigh­bour­hood char­ac­ter LO­CA­TIONS: 17, in­clud­ing 13 pubs and 3 cock­tail clubs VAN­COU­VER ORIG­I­NAL: The Bi­mini, W. 4th Ave., 1999 IN TORONTO: 6, start­ing with Belfast Love, King St. W., 2016 PLUS: Op­er­ates 7 bar­ber­shops and a prod­ucts lab with Bar­ber & Co.

GUU (KITANOYA MAR­KET­ING CORP.)

FLAVOUR PRO­FILE: Ja­panese gas­tro-pubs LO­CA­TIONS: 6 VAN­COU­VER ORIG­I­NAL: Guu Orig­i­nal Thur­low, 1993, as Raku IN TORONTO: Queen St. W., 2016 PLUS: 1 more Van­cou­ver lo­ca­tion in the works

HAPA IZA­KAYA

FLAVOUR PRO­FILE: Stylish Ja­panese pub/bistro cui­sine us­ing lo­cal, sea­sonal, Ocean Wise in­gre­di­ents LO­CA­TIONS: 2 VAN­COU­VER ORIG­I­NAL: Rob­son St., 2003 (now closed) IN TORONTO: Col­lege St., 2012 PLUS: Con­sid­er­ing lo­ca­tions from Lan­g­ley to Costa Rica

JJ BEAN COF­FEE ROAST­ERS

FLAVOUR PRO­FILE: Com­mu­nity cafés fea­tur­ing cof­fee roasted daily in small batches LO­CA­TIONS: 23 VAN­COU­VER ORIG­I­NAL: Pow­ell and Vic­to­ria, 1996 IN TORONTO: 4, start­ing with Bart­ley Dr., North York, 2016 PLUS: Plans for 40 cafés in Toronto

THE PAR­LOUR

FLAVOUR PRO­FILE: Pizza and share plates meet cock­tails and craft beer LO­CA­TIONS: 2 VAN­COU­VER ORIG­I­NAL: Hamil­ton and Nel­son, 2012 IN TORONTO: King St. W., early 2019 PLUS: No plans presently

THE SHAME­FUL TIKI ROOM

FLAVOUR PRO­FILE: Retro Poly­ne­sian decor, food and cock­tails LO­CA­TIONS: 2 VAN­COU­VER ORIG­I­NAL: Main and E. 28th, 2013 IN TORONTO: Queen St. W., 2015 PLUS: Work­ing on a Van­cou­ver lo­ca­tion with haunted man­sion theme; would like to open in the U.S.

TRAC­TOR EVERY­DAY HEALTHY FOODS

FLAVOUR PRO­FILE: Fresh, lo­cally fo­cused dishes served cafe­te­ria-style LO­CA­TIONS: 6 VAN­COU­VER ORIG­I­NAL: W. 4th and Cy­press, 2013 IN TORONTO: Yonge and Rich­mond, 2018 PLUS: 3 or 4 new Van­cou­ver and Toronto lo­ca­tions by the end of 2019

VIR­TU­OUS PIE

FLAVOUR PRO­FILE: Plant­based pizza, small plates and ice cream LO­CA­TIONS: 4 VAN­COU­VER ORIG­I­NAL: Main and Keefer, 2016 IN TORONTO: Col­lege St., 2018 PLUS: Port­land, 2017; Vic­to­ria, by end of 2019; plus plans for 8 more through­out North Amer­ica

THE WARE­HOUSE GROUP

FLAVOUR PRO­FILE: Pub grub at one low price LO­CA­TIONS: 18 VAN­COU­VER ORIG­I­NAL: El Fur­ni­ture Ware­house, Granville and Nel­son, 2001 IN TORONTO: 4, start­ing with Bloor St. W., 2014 PLUS: Lon­don, Ont.; Mon­treal; Ot­tawa; Que­bec City; Trois-rivières

ZAKKUSHI GROUP

FLAVOUR PRO­FILE: Ja­panese restau­rants with in­di­vid­ual spe­cial­ties, from yak­i­tori iza­kaya to sushi LO­CA­TIONS: 8 VAN­COU­VER ORIG­I­NAL: Zakkushi on Den­man, 2004 IN TORONTO: 3, start­ing with Zakkushi on Carl­ton, 2012 PLUS: Queen St. W., Toronto, in the works

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