TORONTO, April 06, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Last week’s abrupt move to shut down all restaurant dining so soon after easing restrictions has cost Ontario’s restaurant industry more than $100 million in reopening and closing costs alone.

In an open letter to Premier Doug Ford, Restaurants Canada and the Ontario Restaurant Hotel & Motel Association are calling for the following actions to reverse the devastating impacts of dining closures:

  • For public health measures to be fair and effective, all industries must be impacted equally.
  • Patio dining should remain available as an alternative to private gatherings, as safe options for enjoying outdoor activities are important for people’s mental health.
  • All restaurants should be supported financially to mitigate rising debt in the following ways:
    • Further funding through the Ontario Small Business Support Grant program and an amendment to the rules to ensure every foodservice establishment is able to receive funding.
    • A sector-specific program for covering reopening/closure costs such as wasted inventory, staffing costs, patio setup/takedown, etc.
    • An expansion of the property tax and energy cost rebate programs to include all foodservice businesses that have been impacted by Red-Control level restrictions.
    • An immediate end to the 6% markup that restaurants pay to buy alcohol from the LCBO.

“Our Ontario members have told us they lose about $10,000 every time one of their establishments is suddenly ordered to shut down dining services,” said James Rilett, Restaurants Canada Vice President, Central Canada. “For a restaurant that’s been through three lockdowns, the province’s $20,000 small business grant hardly covers their closing and reopening costs, let alone compensation for revenue lost while shut down.”

Restaurants Canada and the Ontario Restaurant Hotel & Motel Association have asked Premier Ford for the opportunity to meet as soon as possible to lay the groundwork for a sector-specific recovery plan.


With the latest offering from New York Fries—at-home Poutine Kits—consumers have a reinvented, flexible way to enjoy fresh, hot delicious poutine from the convenience and comfort of home.

New York Fries’ new Poutine Kits are offered in size large in all poutine flavours and are now available at all NYF stores across the country. The kits come with everything consumers have come to know and love from the brand—delicious gravy, quality cheese curds and fresh, golden fries cooked to perfection. All consumers have to do is reheat and assemble at home and enjoy, perhaps choosing to personalize their meal along the way!

To launch the Poutine Kits Canada-wide, New York Fries partnered with Turkey Farmers of Canada (and their Think Turkey/Pensez Dindon marketing campaign) to celebrate the upcoming Easter holiday and provide inspiration for an inventive, no waste meal by topping NYF’s at-home Poutine Kits with turkey leftovers. The two organizations worked with influential food personalities across the country to showcase how to make a Roast Turkey Poutine – either for Easter or with turkey leftovers afterwards – by creating mouthwatering food content that showed how the at-home Poutine Kit and Roast Turkey are a match made in food heaven! Influencer content goes live starting Wednesday, March 31 and on @newyorkfries and @canadianturkey social channels Thursday, April 1, just in time to inspire Canadians with recipes for Easter.

Like all businesses in the food service and hospitality space, New York Fries has been impacted by the pandemic, needing to shift the business model along the way, to keep consumer safety and convenience the top priority. In addition to the launch of Poutine Kits, New York Fries rolled out delivery options to stores across the country in partnership with UberEats, DoorDash and SkipTheDishes earlier this year. This means consumers can now order NYF Poutine Kits straight to their door and enjoy poutine in a convenient, fresh and flexible way that they haven’t been able to before.


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