The top 10 restaurant franchise opportunities in Toronto
Franchise opportunities in Toronto are filled with homegrown success stories, including local restaurants intent on mass expansions. For would-be entrepreneurs looking for turn-key concepts with proven track records (as well as, some mighty ambitious noobs), here are my picks for 10 of Toronto's newest restaurant chains that are accepting inquiries from potential franchise owners.
What began as a taco truck has blossomed into a thriving brick and mortar business with five locations including one Bathurst at St. Clair, one in the Beaches, and another in Aurora. Franchise opportunities are available for would-be restaurateurs looking to open express concepts and fast casual eateries with seating.
San Francesco Foods
The stalwart on Clinton and CNE vendor has been in business since 1954, but has recently made strides to expand with recently launched outposts on Queen West, one in Bradford and another coming soon to Barrie.
The fast food chicken shop founded in part by David Adjey has aggressive plans for expansion with five new locations coming to the downtown and international outposts set to open in the United Arab Emirates and Qatar.
The Middle Eastern takeout counter currently boasts one corporate location and is on the cusp of opening its first franchised location. Best known for its taboon baked flatbreads, kebobs and falafels is looking to open additional locations across the GTA.
Me Va Me
Another home-grown Middle Eastern eatery specializing in taboon-baked laffa stuffed with shawarma or mixed meats. Me Va Me already boasts multiple locations in Thornhill, as well as recently opened express concepts downtown, in North York and soon-to-open in Markham.
The Mexican eatery is in the process of opening its first two locations, one on Sherbourne and the other due to open on Church St. this spring. If you're unfazed by this yet-to-be tested taco and burrito concept, then this might just be the right opportunity to get in early.
Franchise inquiries are welcome from those looking to join this rapidly grown chain of fast casual Italian eateries. The dust has hardly settled around locations in Liberty Village, Vaughan, Waterloo and Baden, while we'll continue to see Levetto grown in Toronto with a second downtown location in the works in Little Italy.
Big Smoke Burger
This chain of burger outlets started out in 2007 and has already earned recognition as a household name. Ten Ontario locations are already in operation while Big Smoke also boasts international outposts in the States, as well as, one in the Kuwait with more on the way.
Smoke's may have built its business on poutine, but now the rapidly expanding purveyor is branching out into hot dog territory. The first Toronto Weinerie is already in the works at College and Spadina, while another location is coming to Oshawa and a handful of locations are already operational in Nova Scotia.
b Espresso Bar
The coffee shop celebrated ten years and business in 2014, and the coffee business is booming at two locations in the Queen & Richmond Centre, and in The Royal Conservatory of Music.
Want did I miss? What made-in-Toronto restaurants would you want to franchise?
Photo of Me Va Me Express by Jesse Milns
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