Captain D’s Signs Franchise Agreement to Develop Five Toronto-Area Locations

Fast casual seafood restaurant, Captain D’s, announced the signing of its first-ever franchise development agreement in Canada. Ontario-based entrepreneurs Ali Saeed and Mudassir Choudri will bring five Captain D’s restaurants to the Greater Toronto Metropolitan Area over the next several years. The brand has its roots in the Southeastern United States and has been rapidly expanding with aggressive growth plans throughout Canada.

“As Captain D’s continues to answer consumer and franchise demand in new territories, we have been looking for the right opportunity to bring our high-quality seafood to the Canadian market. Ali and Mudassir are ideal franchise owners to help us introduce this distinct brand within the Ontario province,” said Brad Reed, chief development officer of Captain D’s. “We look forward to expanding our footprint with them and throughout the country, knowing that our flexible prototypes and expertise in converting existing properties resonate with entrepreneurs who want to add a proven quick-service concept to their portfolio.”

Saeed and Choudri are both experienced businessmen who own and operate groups of Shell gas stations in Ontario, earning multiple top retailing awards from the company. They experienced Captain D’s during their many travels and have thought for a long time that the brand would do very well in Canada.

Captain D’s market-smart real estate prototypes are attracting both new and existing multi-unit and multi-concept franchisees with features such as highly efficient double drive-thrus, smaller footprints and cost-effective conversion opportunities. The company is currently seeking single- and multi-unit operators to join in the brand’s rapid expansion. For more information about franchise opportunities, visit or call 800-314-4819.