In 1956 the first A&W drive-in restaurant opened in Winnipeg. Being known for their famous A&W Root Beer in frosted mugs, they quickly multiplied across the nation, flourishing through the late 50’s and 60’s. Today they are still known for their Root Beer and are spread across Canada from Vancouver Island to Newfoundland. Not that I should have to mention this but it is a fast food burger joint.
The first Booster Juice location opened in Sherwood Park Alberta, in November 1999. They make juices and smoothies. In their first year, 15 locations were opened, and by the next 35, more were added. 50 stores in two years is considered a Canadian Franchise Record for store openings from inception. Today, there are more than 350 locations around the world. This is a favourite of ours and we’re there at least weekly.
Cara Operations was founded in 1889 as The Canada Railway News Company, selling: newspapers, magazines and confectionaries to the traveling public. Throughout the years Cara Operations changed, and in 1954 opened their very first Swiss Chalet in Toronto. Now they are the owners of multiple restaurants which include: Swiss Chalet, Montana’s, Harvey’s, Fionn MacCool’s, East Side Mario’s, Kelsey’s, Milestone’s, New York Fries, St-Hubert, Original Joe’s, State & Main, Elephant & Castle, Casey’s, and Bier Market.
Mr. Mikes Steakhouse
Founded in 1960 in Vancouver BC they are a Canadian owned casual dining steakhouse with locations throughout Western Canada. We just had one open up near us and will have to give it a try!
Takeout/delivery pizza place, founded in Abbotsford BC, and is a Canadian owned and operated chain. They offer vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free options. They have 200 restaurants throughout BC, Alberta, Ontario, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Newfoundland.
Focusing on healthy wraps and pitas they began in Kingston, Ontario in 1995 and have grown to over 650 restaurants worldwide. Each one is owner operated and one more reason to support them.
The Obsidian Group operates 4 different restaurant chains, mostly in Ontario. These include: Crabby Joe’s Bar and Grill, Coffee Culture Cafe and Eatery, Union Burger, and Chuck’s Roadhouse Bar and Grill.