Thank you to all Canadians who have supported their favourite local restaurants. By ordering takeout, you are helping businesses across Canada not only stay open but thrive and remain busier than ever.
While we could tell you all of the wonderful things we’ve heard and witnessed since the launch of our #TakeoutDay initiative, we’d rather you hear it from those behind the line working hard to serve you; the restaurateurs.
To know what your support and participation in #TakeoutDay means to them, here are 10 real-time testimonials from operators in neighbourhoods just like yours.
Timothy’s Pub (Etobicoke, ON)
Timothy’s Pub is the product of a husband and wife which started 22 years ago and remains popular in the Etobicoke region.
The Ontario establishment’s customer base remains loyal thanks to the delicious pub fare it continues to serve.
“Our community has really rallied behind us. Our takeout business is doing really well and with the addition of now providing our own delivery service and not relying on the delivery apps, we have seen our profits definitely increase. Thank you for all you’re doing to support us.”
344 Browns Line, Toronto, Ontario M8W 1T7. @timothyspub
Kelsey’s Original Roadhouse (Multiple Locations)
Kelsey’s, which launched in the 70’s, has made several changes but never lost sight of its goal to provide Canadians with simplistically delicious food.
“Although the start of our journey was difficult, our guests have been very supportive, keeping us going every day!! We have developed a new “regular customer” base through delivery and takeout which is awesome! Our guests actually care about supporting #TakeoutDay and often mention it when they pick up their orders.”
El Beso (Edmonton, AB)
Inspired by small town Tulum, El Beso is a modern and fresh take on authentic Mexican cuisine. The restaurant’s chef has created fresh takes on some of the classics, from the Ain’tcho Suadero Tacos to the Pollo Barbacoa Skillet.
“Our restaurant has had an amazing amount of support to keep the doors open and bring back staff on a weekly basis.”
10432 Jasper Avenue, Edmonton, Alberta, T5J 1Z3. @elbesoyeg
Earls (Multiple Locations)
The tradition of Earls is centred on dishes that make people want to come back for more: house-made sauces, locally-sourced ingredients, and now, innovative chef-led experiments that have garnered the industry’s attention. In addition to its regular menu, the Canadian institution has introduced groceries and cocktail kits for takeout and delivery.
“Compared to the beginning of all this, we have made giant leaps. We had to take our business as we know it and adapt to the demands of our guests. We are starting to see an increase in sales over the last 4 weeks. #TakeoutDay has provided a great platform for marketing & spreading the word on our offers.”
Alimo’s Pizzeria (Slave Lake, AB)
The Mouallem family has been making pizzas in Slave Lake since the 1970’s. From AJA’s Pantry and Bar, to Ab’s Bar and Grill, and now Alimo’s Pizzeria. The Albertan company has maintained the same great recipes while adding a modern touch. Alimo’s prides itself on making both its pizza dough and pizza sauce in-house daily.
“We’ve seen Wednesdays really turn into another Friday. More orders, bigger tips and a lot of positive feedback. We do weekly ‘TAKEOUTDAY’ promo codes, and also had a free drive-in concert in front of our pizzeria, encouraging people to order takeout and enjoy the free show while waiting.”
217 2nd Avenue NW, Slave Lake, Alberta, T0G 2A0. @alimospizzeria
The River Restaurant (Woodstock, NB)
The River, owned and operated by the Corey family, is known for its diverse menu with signature dishes and affordable prices. Working with top Canadian companies and consulting with some of the best chefs in Canada, its customers have come to expect high-quality food and service from the Woodstock establishment.
“#TakeoutDay has been a great way to engage our patrons and boost sales during a time of limited operations. We’ve been offering Wing Night specials each Wednesday. The first week, we ended up with what we called the “Wing-pocalypse” because orders came in so fast that we completely sold out of wings in under 90 minutes!”
558 Main Street, Woodstock, New Brunswick E7M 2C3. @theriverrestaurantinc
STACK Restaurant (Toronto, ON)
With a menu filled with smoked meat options and a loyal customer base, it is easy to see why STACK recently reopened its doors for takeout and delivery. The Toronto location features Southern BBQ cuisine that ranges from tacos to ground-in-house burgers.
“Our neighbourhood at Yonge & Lawrence has continued to support us during these difficult times and we are so thankful to all of them! We have also received orders from our fellow Yonge St. business owners, so many of our valued suppliers and a number of guests who have driven in from places such as Alliston & Whitby! The #TakeoutDay initiative certainly saw an increase in our Wednesday sales and that has helped us get our weeks off to a running start. Thank you to all for the support!”
3265 Yonge Street, Toronto, Ontario, M4N 2L5. @stacksmmmoked
Tony’s Master of Pizza (Winnipeg, MB)
Founded in 1972 by Tony Rampone, this Winnipeg staple makes its pizzas from scratch while using only the freshest of toppings and ingredients. One of Tony’s signature touches is a golf ball-sized dough ball in the middle of the large and extra-large pizzas.
“We have had a definite impact on our Wednesday sales, breaking 3 single day (Wednesday) sales records over the past couple of months. We have increases across the board but greatest increases on Wednesdays. With none of my marketing making Wednesday a target, I will gladly point in your [Canada Takeout] direction for the reason for the increases.”
1110 Pembina Hwy, Winnipeg, Manitoba, R3T 2A2. @bestpizzawinnipeg
Bangkok Garden (Toronto, ON)
Housed in a landmark historic building, Bangkok Garden introduced Thai food and culture to Toronto over 37 years ago. The restaurant also holds the distinction of being one of only four Thai restaurants in the GTA to be awarded the Thai Select Premium designation.
“#TakeoutDay has been a great promotion and we have definitely seen an uptake in sales on Wednesdays since it began – thank you!”
18 Elm Street, Toronto, Ontario, M5G 1G7. @bangkokgardento
Buster’s Bar & Grill (Kanata, ON)
Buster’s is a family run sports bar opened every day from 4pm-8pm. The Kanata restaurant is known for serving hearty comfort food and offer a variety of daily promotions.
“We are so thankful for platforms like you guys helping us to promote and try to generate sales. And to our community for showing us support, from buying some food, or [giving us] a like or posting about us on social media. Every little thing helps so thank you. We miss everybody and cannot wait to open our doors again.”
420 Hazeldean Road, Kanata, Ontario, K2L 4B2. @bustersottawa