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German Doner Kebab (UK) Opening First Toronto Location

30 Jul 2021 - German Doner Kebab will open a flagship restaurant in downtown Toronto, expanding its growth in Canada, according to a company press release.

Located at 246 Queen St. W., the restaurant opens next week, following the launch of its first two Canadian restaurants in Ottawa and Surrey last year. The restaurant will have a capacity of 40 seats and will create 30 jobs in the Toronto area.

The restaurant's kebabs are made using lean meats and fresh local vegetables, served in handmade toasted breads with signature sauces, according to the release.

The downtown Toronto location has been developed in partnership with franchisee Usman Ali, who is planning to develop 10 German Doner Kebabs throughout Canada in the next 10 years. Ali's family has owns eight Popeyes and four Dairy Queen sites.

"The location doesn't get any better, it's in the heart of downtown. Period," Ali said in the press release. "This amazing location will enable German Doner Kebab to bring its unique experience to the people of Toronto. "German Doner Kebab brings a compelling customer experience and a strong product. The experience of its leadership team is unrivalled too and we are looking forward to working closely with them to open in Downtown Toronto and developing our pipeline into the Toronto area."

The brand has over 70 restaurants across the globe and is embarking on growth across the U.K., Sweden, U.S. and the Middle East, with over 700 franchises signed-up to its global growth strategy.

"German Doner Kebab is a truly disruptive brand that has revolutionised the kebab industry," Nigel Belton, German Doner Kebab managing director for North America said in the release. "Usman and his family represent everything we look for in our multi-unit franchise partners, bringing huge industry experience and a belief in our brand potential as we build the fast-casual brand of the future."

Based in Glasgow, Scotland, but started in Berlin, Germany in 1989, the brand has grown quickly in the U.K., Sweden and Middle East and hitting markets in the U.S., Canada, Saudi Arabia and Europe. The fast-casual brand plans to open 47 new restaurants in the U.K. in 2021.


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