April 2, 2019

This surge in popularity of delivery apps is not only in affecting how restaurants operate, but how they’re structured all together. Brittain Brown, President of Canadian restaurant tech company Givex, has seen the impact these apps have had and is available to shed insight into the next wave of restaurants trends including:

  • Dark kitchens - As quick delivery times are becoming the expected norms, restaurants are having to open “dark kitchens” -  remote, mini-kitchens dedicated to pumping out meals quickly to meet demand
  • The New Quick Service - Even quick service restaurants are changing their game, building restaurant storefronts that are limited to pick-up counters only, designed for online-order pick-up in high-density areas
  • Taking delivery in-house - The rise of delivery apps has resulted in overcrowding tablets in each restaurant and delivery drivers crowding the ordering area. To combat this, many restaurants are reverting back to managing food delivery themselves.

Learning how to keep up - All that said, many restaurants are working to simply keep up. By implementing the right restaurant technology, restaurants are able to reduce errors and streamline the order to delivery process


EDMONTON, AB, April 01, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Alberta’s foodservice industry reported record sales in 2018, but don’t be fooled: adjusted for menu inflation, year-over-year sales have been declining for the average restaurant since 2015.

“This has troubling implications for communities across Alberta,” said Mark von Schellwitz, Restaurants Canada Vice President, Western Canada. “The foodservice sector is the province’s third-largest employer and number one provider of first-time jobs for youth.”

Operational cost increases from government policy changes, combined with a weak provincial economy, have contributed to the following setbacks for Alberta's foodservice job market between 2015 and 2018:

• A loss of 10,000 foodservice and accommodation jobs
• A decline in the average number of workers per unit from 13 to 11.7
• A 5.1 per cent decrease in the average weekly hours for foodservice workers

Restaurants Canada shared 16 policy recommendations with Alberta’s four major political parties on Jan. 14 in the hopes that they would be incorporated into all their platforms in the lead up to the next provincial election.

A complete listing of these recommendations can be found at, along with information on key issues facing Alberta’s foodservice industry and how to join the conversation about #RestaurantRealities.


OTTAWA, April 01, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Hobo Recreational Cannabis Store (“Hobo”), the new cannabis venture from hospitality company, Donnelly Group, today announces the opening and launch of its first retail store in Ottawa’s Centretown neighbourhood. Located at 391 Bank Street, Hobo’s Centretown location is one of only three cannabis stores set to open in Ottawa this year. Following its inaugural Ottawa launch, Hobo will expand nationwide, with 8 locations set for British Columbia, including Vancouver’s popular Main Street.

“This is a really exciting day for all of us, as Canada takes another step forward in the era of post-prohibition cannabis. The opening of Hobo’s first retail location in Ottawa not only marks Donnelly Group’s place in this movement, but amplifies the impact we’re set to make on the community and retail cannabis industry,” said Harrison Stoker, Vice President of Brand and Culture at Donnelly Group. “We’re focused on making the cannabis buying experience disarming, compassionate and human for Canadians everywhere, regardless of their experience level. To have the opportunity to bring that knowledge and passion to the nation’s capital first, through the thoughtful selection of product, design and team members, is an opportunity we couldn’t be more grateful for.”

Hobo Recreational Cannabis Store is a Canadian collection of privately-owned retail cannabis stores. Drawing inspiration from the literal and figurative journey that one might embark on in their own mind while consuming cannabis, Hobo is dedicated to creating great gathering places for communities across Canada while fostering the sense of wanderlust and travel that resonated so strongly with the brand, in Canada’s cannabis culture. Each store has been thoughtfully outfitted to include design nuances that are a nod to the location’s aesthetic and neighbourhood’s flavour.

“What an exciting time for Ottawa as we welcome our first ever recreational cannabis retail store. We’ve secured ourselves a fitting location in our nation’s capital – particularly in Centretown, which, as part of the downtown core, already has a cannabis culture that is alive and well,” said Jex Woods, General Manager at Hobo’s Bank Street store. “We’re excited to be welcomed by and into the neighbourhood, and to begin building relationships with the popular pubs and coffee shops that the Centretown community loves and frequents.”

Today, Hobo’s Bank Street location officially opens up to Ottawa’s cannabis enthusiasts who now have the opportunity to select and purchase from five cannabis intents: Move (THC dominant), Lift (THC leaning), Balance (equal parts THC to CBD), Calm (CBD dominant), and Rest (THC dominant). Hobo’s Ottawa store is located at 391 Bank Street and is open for business at 10am ET today.


Sainte-Thérèse, March 26, 2019 Cora Breakfast and Lunch, Canada’s breakfast leader, is proud to announce the opening of a new Cora restaurant in Regina. The new restaurant, located at 2075 Prince of Wales Drive, welcomed its first guests on Monday, March 18, 2019.

The official Grand Opening will take place on Monday, April1, 2019. Pioneering founder Cora Tsouflidou and local franchisees will welcome dignitaries and guests for a true celebration: the Egg-Cracking Ceremony, during which the first symbolic omelette in the restaurant will be made.  

The new location is part of a nationwide expansion of the Cora network, making it the 2nd restaurant in Regina, and the 4th in Saskatchewan, for the largest sit-down breakfast chain in Canada.

Madame Cora originated the concept in 1987 when, as a single mother of three in need of a career, she bought a small abandoned diner on Côte-Vertu Boulevard in Montreal’s St-Laurent area, focusing solely on breakfast (egg dishes, fresh fruit, cheese, cereal, omelettes, crêpes and French toast). The restaurant quickly became the talk of the town, often with lineups at the door. Madame Cora’s astute entrepreneurial instincts told her that this was a concept that could be franchised.

The Cora restaurant chain is famous for its breakfasts, boasting mounds of fresh fruit artfully prepared by specially trained on-site “fruiters.” Over the years, inspired by family traditions, customer requests and suggestions from her children, Madame Cora has conjured up more than 100 menu ideas, most of which still bear the names of the customers or family members who inspired her.


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