Intro to Fast Casual Restaurants

Original Article By Stephanie Dickison via

Fast casual dining is an American phenomenon that is quickly becoming popular here in Canada. In fact, it’s not only the fastest growing segment for restaurants in the US, it’s the only one showing growth. Before long, Canada will be home to tons of fast casual restaurants.

Select from chef-driven recipes made with fresh ingredients, items made from scratch (everything from a Blackened Atlantic Salmon Sandwich to pastas and pizzas to homemade chowder is available). When you place your order, “pizzas are dressed and topped, proteins hit the pan and fired,” Alex Rechichi, President and CEO of Crave It Restaurant Group, the team behind Stoney’s (they also have The Burger’s Priest and Via Cibo). Food comes out in an impressive 7-10 minutes. There is also wine and beer available.

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