VANCOUVER, BC (July 11, 2018)Tacofino will introduce its iconic brand of surf-centric cuisine to a new neighbourhood when it opens its latest location on the corner of Ontario Street and East 5th Avenue in Mount Pleasant early this fall.

Occupying 2,800 square feet of space in the re-imagined Lightworks Building — a refurbished art-deco heritage property originally built in 1942 — Tacofino’s new Mount Pleasant location is the latest addition to a growing family of restaurants that was first launched in Tofino, BC by co-founders Jason Sussman and Kaeli Robinsong in 2009.

The new restaurant will offer dine-in guests a 100-seat dining room, expansive horseshoe-shaped bar and a new menu of fire-grilled meat and vegetable dishes developed by Sussman and Tacofino’s Michelin-starred Regional Executive Chef Stefan Hartmann. Following the lead of the brand’s Taco and Burrito Bar location in Gastown, the new outpost will also feature a take-out counter for those looking for quick-service, grab-and-go options.

Vancouver designer Shiloh Sukkau — who previously collaborated with the Tacofino team on the décor for the brand’s Gastown (2015), Yaletown (‘16) and downtown ‘Oasis’ (’17) restaurants — is paying homage to Tacofino’s West Coast roots and the site’s industrial origins by incorporating unfinished materials and a muted colour palette that contrasts with folk art-inspired decorative flower motifs in the new location.

“Whether it’s Tofino, Victoria or Vancouver, we always hold tight to our founding principles of serving up fresh and affordable fare with an environmental and nutritional conscience,” says Robinsong. “We also take pride in creating beautiful spaces and being part of vibrant, growing communities like Mount Pleasant.”

Further details regarding Tacofino’s latest location will be revealed in the coming months. For more information on Tacofino, go to, become a fan of /TacofinoVAN on Facebook or follow @TacofinoVAN on Twitter and Instagram.


OAKVILLE, ON, July 11, 2018 /CNW/ - Tim Hortons®, one of North America's largest quick-service restaurant chains, announced today that it has entered into an exclusive master franchise joint venture agreement with Cartesian Capital Group ("Cartesian") to develop and open more than 1,500 Tim Hortons restaurants throughout China over the next ten years.

"We have two main priorities at Tim Hortons: building and strengthening our brand in Canada; and expanding our iconic Canadian brand to the rest of the world," said Tim Hortons President Alex Macedo. "China's population and vibrant economy represent an excellent growth opportunity for Tim Hortons in the coming years. We have already seen Canada's Chinese community embrace Tim Hortons and we now have the opportunity to bring the best of our Canadian brand to China with established partners who have expertise in the industry and the country."

"We are excited to expand our partnership with Restaurant Brands International to bring Tim Hortons to China," said Peter Yu, Managing Partner of Cartesian. "Tim Hortons has a long, rich history of providing guests with quality food and premium coffee. We plan to expand that tradition to China, drawing on 20 years of experience building businesses in China and around the world."


OAKVILLE, ON, July 9, 2018 /CNW/ - Restaurant Brands International Inc. ("RBI") (TSX/NYSE: QSR, TSX: QSP) today announced the appointment of Duncan Fulton as its Chief Corporate Officer (CCO), effective immediately.

"Duncan has an impressive track record as a retail, agency and government executive, including being widely recognized for driving innovation and speed of execution in all his previous roles.  His skills as a brand leader, digital innovator, communicator and his experience running a retail network and working closely with franchisees will be of great benefit to RBI and our growth agenda in the coming years," said Daniel Schwartz, Chief Executive Officer, RBI. "Duncan is also a well-known Canadian executive who will play an important role with our Tim Hortons® executive team, in addition to his roles working with the teams at Burger King® and Popeyes® around the world."

"I have always been attracted to companies and organizations that have aggressive growth agendas and are prepared to move quickly to innovate and adapt to the markets around them.  RBI has an impressive track record, strategy and executive team. I am honoured to join the team and look forward to helping grow these iconic restaurant brands around the world," said Duncan Fulton, Chief Corporate Officer, RBI.


July 9, 2018

Now in its 21st year, Taste Canada Awards / Les Lauréats des Saveurs du Canada ( has announced the shortlist of cookbooks and food blogs competing for a coveted culinary writing award.  

A champion of cookbook authors and food bloggers, Taste Canada inspires and encourages readers at home and abroad to discover delicious recipes and diverse food stories written from a Canadian perspective.

“Cookbooks and food blogs have the exceptional ability to make our mouths water, inspire us to be better cooks and uncover the stories of the people behind the food,” said Karen Baxter, Executive Director, Taste Canada. “The books and blogs entered into this year’s competition reveal who we are as a people: our culture, our diversity and our truly Canadian viewpoint on food.”

Each year, Taste Canada presents awards to some of the best food and beverage writers in both official languages. The jury is comprised of volunteers from Canada’s culinary profession appointed by an independent selection committee.  This year, 91 cookbooks and 50 food blogs entered the competition. The shortlist narrows the competition to a maximum of 5 entries per category.

The 26 gold and silver award winners will be revealed at the Taste Canada Awards Gala on October 29 at the Fairmont Royal York Hotel in Toronto. The Gala, a one-of-a-kind gastronomic celebration, brings together writers, publishers, chefs, farmers, industry, media and cookbook fans and promotes a vibrant national conversation about food and the art and culture of culinary writing.


VANCOUVER, BC (July 5, 2018) — This summer, the chicken doesn’t just cross the road — it heads across the city when Chinatown’s wildly popular Juke Fried Chicken takes its trademark fried-chicken-and-rib-joint concept to a second location at 1074 Davie Street in Vancouver’s vibrant West End.

Set to open later this summer, Juke’s new location will offer its signature southern-inspired menu as well as a few fun surprises in a fully licensed, counter-service spot that will be open for lunch and dinner seven days a week as well as weekend brunch options.

To celebrate the news of the latest addition to the Juke family and the second anniversary of its launch, Juke is featuring a Fried Chicken Sandwich special at its original location at 182 Keefer Street on National Fried Chicken Day this Friday, July 6. Starting at 11 a.m., fried chicken fans can pick up Juke’s signature chicken sandwiches — made with gluten-free, free-range chicken marinated for 24 hours in buttermilk marinade and garnished with house-made barbecue sauce and slaw — in both regular and spicy varieties for just $3 each (normally $6.50) for dine-in and take-out service.

“Of course, National Fried Chicken Day is one of the biggest days of the year, at least on our calendar, so it’s the perfect time to reveal our plans to bring Juke to a new neighbourhood this summer,” says Justin Tisdall, who launched the restaurant with partners Chef Bryan Satterford and Cord Jarvie in 2016. “We can’t wait to celebrate a couple big milestones with our friends over some half-priced chicken sammies.”

Further details regarding Juke’s latest location, including food and drink menus, will be released in the coming weeks. For more information on Juke Fried Chicken or to stay up to date on all the latest developments, go to, become a fan of /jukefriedchicken on Facebook or follow @jukefriedchicken on Instagram.


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