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Shop Small, Spend Local & Enjoy your Community
According to the Canadian Restaurant and Foodservices Association, on a typical day, Canadians make around 17 million restaurant visits. We have a more personal, direct and frequent connection with the restaurant industry than just about any other.
We stop for a coffee on our way to work, go out for dinner to celebrate an anniversary and order-in to cope with a busy week. The food industry can present a wide range of unique challenges for main street businesses. Shifts in food trends and foot traffic can happen in an instant, but some things stand the test of time. Whatever the occasion, we expect good service, great food and a safe, enjoyable experience.
Did You Know “If each of us spent $100 dollars a year more on local businesses instead of chain stores, it would put an extra $3 million a year into our economy. Not only that, but it would create thousands more jobs every year across Canada.” #3×50
Mary Be Kitchen promises to be a mainstay in the Yonge + St Clair neighbourhood, as well as a frequent destination for midtowners. A lot of thought and care has gone into the design of their space while working alongside the renowned Reflect Architecture (the creative force behind Wilbur Mexicana and Quantum Coffee on King West) for a stunningly warm and inviting atmosphere.
“The restaurant business is operationally complex and very tough, with so many moving parts,” explains co-founder Sarah Huggins, “Especially when everything is made from scratch using premium ingredients.” But, it’s the connection to their customers that really keeps the team going and inspires them to create, tweak and refine the MBK experience.
Passersby often mention that the shop really stands out-and draws people in from the street. The setup is modern with lots of light wood, playful tiles, pops of pink and some custom-designed ‘tossed cabbage’ wallpaper.
Whether you come for lunch, grab a takeaway dinner for the family, or meet a friend over a cappuccino and a sweet potato and black bean brownie, this space will leave you refreshed, calm and inspired.
The restaurant business is operationally complex and very tough, with so many moving parts.
Basics: Quick-serve restaurant + specialty coffee shop soon to be partnering with some order- ahead apps like Ritual and Foodora.
Bestseller: ‘Be Square’ combo + Kombucha
21B St. Clair Ave. W.
When we eat better, we feel better. Now more than ever, people are conscious of what they eat – is it locally grown and sourced? Made from natural ingredients?
The Friendly Butcher’s mission is to provide customers with fresh, healthy, delicious, feel-good meals to enjoy. Committed to staying abreast of innovations within the food industry, TFB chefs are excited to share their passion and knowledge, guiding visitors through offerings, hosting cooking demos and facilitating other culinary events to engage the public. Their aim is to assist the community to become more comfortable in the kitchen, and to advance culinary skills while sharing their enthusiasm for all things local.
For over 20 years TFB has been a top destination culinary hub, offering a wide selection of ethically raised meats from Ontario farmers, as well as high-quality, unique condiments. This year, they plan on opening new locations to serve more neighbourhoods in the GTA.
Basics: An active kitchen offering complete meal solutions and high-quality,products such as locally sourced meats, vegetables, desserts, specialty snacks and frozen items to satisfy the taste buds.
Bestseller: ‘Grab and go’ individual and family meals with mix and match fully cooked proteins and salads.
3269 Yonge St. (New Address: Vaughan Road)