Company Profiles Current Issue Franchises Across Canada March/April 2021

All Wrapped Up

Franchise Canada explores flavour-packed burritos, pitas, and wraps that are served in franchises across Canada

If you’re craving a quick and healthy meal, what’s the first thing that comes to mind? For some, it may be a simple, handheld option such as a burrito, pita, or wrap that’s stuffed with flavourful ingredients from countries all around the world.

Enjoying a tasty and nutritious meal all wrapped up into one menu item is certainly a unique and fun way of fuelling your body. It’s easy to see why these meals are becoming more popular for customers who enjoy a wide variety of customizable ingredients options, or for busy Canadians in search of a quick and easy meal rolled into a convenient package.

Here, Franchise Canada takes you on a trip across the country as we explore franchises that are serving up burritos, pitas, and wraps to hungry Canadians on the go.

Fat Bastard Burrito Co.

Fat Bastard Burrito Co. is a 100 per cent Canadian concept that focuses on serving fresh, great tasting, and clean healthy food. Their menu features a wide range of unique flavours for their burritos, burrito bowls, quesadillas, and tacos, making them stand out from their competitors in both taste and quality.

More than 62 per cent of Fat Bastard Burrito Co. stores are owned by multi-unit franchisees, showing a true testament to the strength of their business model. Franchisees can enter with a low-cost level of investment and strong support from the brand to assist owner-operators in the success of their store. Fat Bastard Burrito Co. was ranked in the top 150 Restaurant Brands in Canada.

Learn more about Fat Bastard Burrito Co. franchise opportunities 

Globally Local

Globally Local is a plant-based technology company that’s changing fast food. They offer a fully vegan menu that includes the ChickUN Caesar Wrap, ChickUN Souvlaki pita, classic Greek Gyro wrap, and a Southwest Scramble breakfast wrap.

Franchisees of Globally Local join a successful and in-demand brand that is in growth mode, and that strives to create profit for their franchise partners. The brand was first founded in 2014, and then launched a food truck and their first brick-and-mortar location in 2016, followed by the world’s first 24-hour vegan drive-thru in 2017. Since then, they have opened a store in Toronto in 2019, their first franchised location in Windsor in 2020, and have announced two new stores in Vaughan and Toronto for early 2021. Globally Local is seeking franchise partners across Canada.

Learn more about Globally Local franchise opportunities 

Habaneros Modern Taco Bar

At Habaneros Modern Taco Bar, they’re modern with a twist. Their chef-inspired menu puts a new spin on old favourites including burritos and burrito bowls that can be filled with their barbecue pulled pork, spiced fajita chicken, or spiced ground beef. Their guilt-free grub is healthy, house-made food that you can feel good about.

Franchisees with Habaneros Modern Taco Bar are offered a unique opportunity that provides a proven operating method based on years of experience from their founder, chef Bill Pratt. His 27 years of experience in the food industry offers franchisees solid management, initial and ongoing training, and empowerment through support, passion, and hard work.

Learn more about Habaneros Modern Taco Bar franchise opportunities 

McDonald’s

Since McDonald’s has always been a franchising-based company, the brand relies on its many franchisees to play a role in their success, remaining committed to franchising as their business plan. Ideal franchisees are those who are highly qualified with significant business experience and financial resources, and who have successfully owned or managed multiple business units or departments.

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MR. GREEK

MR. GREEK is an award-winning Greek restaurant with a true fast-casual concept that offers food prepared to order. Their menu includes Perfect Pitas® that are wrapped around your choice of chicken or pork souvlaki, traditional or chicken gyro, falafel, or vegetables, as well as chicken Greek or chicken Caesar wraps.

As a franchisee with MR. GREEK, you’re offered five different streams of revenue: dine-in, takeout, delivery, online ordering, and catering. With a track record of more than 31 years, MR. GREEK has an established brand name that helps leverage franchisees’ success, on top of the hands-on leadership team, comprehensive training, dedicated marketing team, and ongoing support from head office.

Learn more about MR. GREEK franchise opportunities 

Moe’s Southwest Grill

Moe’s Southwest Grill is a fast-casual restaurant that was founded in 2000 and has more than 691 locations across the country. The brand serves up fresh, create-to-order burritos and southwestern fare including the “Homewrecker” Mexican burrito with guacamole and “Joey Bag of Donuts” Southwest burrito.

The Moe’s Southwest Grill brand believes in celebrating everyone’s true flavour, their promise is to engage, excite, and inspire you to unleash your unique tastes, and their pillars are honestly awesome food, rock star service, and shareable experiences. Ideal franchisees have a fun-loving and energetic personality, are people-development oriented, have strong community connections, and the ability to open more than three locations with multi-unit restaurant experience.

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Nakos Greek Grill

Nakos Greek Grill is a fast-casual, quick service restaurant that’s inspired by Greek street food kiosks found throughout Greece. They serve street-style food in the traditional and authentic way, with recipes that were passed down from generation to generation. Their home-cooked menu features smaller-sized pork or chicken souvlaki and gyros that are wrapped in pitas and stuffed with French fries, tzatziki, onions, and tomatoes.

Franchisees with Nakos Greek Grill join a brand that places emphasis on authentic ingredients, preparation, and presentation. The “souvlatzidiko” style restaurant features a walk-up window that serves up traditional Greek dishes sprinkled with flavours from Southern Greece.

Learn more about Nakos Greek Grill franchise opportunities 

OPA! of Greece

OPA! of Greece is Canada’s largest and fastest-growing quick service Greek restaurant brand. They began with a single location in Calgary back in 1998, and today have more than 100 locations across Canada. The OPA! experience combines friendly customer service with fresh and healthy Mediterranean cuisine, offering items including pitas stuffed with chicken, beef, falafel, lamb, gyro, shrimp, or vegetables, or served with a side of hummus or tzatziki.

Franchisees with OPA! of Greece can open a food court or street front location and are offered a franchise support system every step of the way. That consists of store setup, product development, training, operations, procurements and supply chain, and marketing.

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Osmow’s

Osmow’s is one of North America’s fastest-growing quick service restaurant chains that opened its doors back in 2001. The modern Mediterranean menu features pita wraps filled with chicken, beef, lamb, Beyond Meat™, or vegetable shawarma, falafel, and beef kofta, among many more specialty items. 

At Osmow’s, the dedicated and hard-working franchisees and employees have contributed to the brand’s success, and many employees have converted to franchisees, while several franchisees own more than one location due to their success. Head office supports their franchisees in all aspects of their operations through an extensive range of services provided by Osmow’s Inc. and their dedicated team of professionals.

Learn more about Osmow’s franchise opportunities 

Pita Land

At Pita Land, hungry customers are offered a healthier alternative to fast food. Since 2003, they have provided fresh, high-quality, and tasty Middle Eastern street food including items such as chicken or beef shawarma, falafel, gyro, souvlaki, and chicken or beef kebab loaded into pita wraps, as well as their unique chicken Pitabox, among much more.

Franchisees looking for a fresh franchise opportunity can join forces with Pita Land to profit from the mega-movement to healthier fast-food choices. Stores are located in food courts, hospitals, malls, plazas, and street fronts, and franchisees can look forward to seeing familiar and friendly customers daily.

Learn more about Pita Land franchise opportunities 

Pita Pit

Pita Pit is the future of fast casual food service, offering fun and fresh food that pairs well with healthy and active lifestyles. The brand has more than 530 locations worldwide and is poised for explosive growth. They specialize in creating healthy and tasty pitas and rice bowls filled with customizable toppings including smoky barbecue beef brisket, chicken souvlaki or shawarma, falafel, halloumi, and gyro, among so much more. 

Ideal Pita Pit franchisees are fun and motivated hands-on operators who share their excitement for the brand and have a hunger for success. Franchisees benefit from a proven system that’s been fine-tuned for more than a dozen years, with abundant support and training to ensure success.

Learn more about Pita Pit franchise opportunities 

Prairie Donair®

Prairie Donair® is a rapidly growing franchise with locations opening up across the country. They specialize in unique custom donairs unlike the world has ever seen! Donair dishes include the Traditional, P.D. East Coast, Canadian Maple, Spicy P.D. Signature, and more.

With a solid franchise support system, low upfront capital costs and delicious food, Prairie Donair® has the ingredients to become the fastest growing and successful franchise in Canada. Stake your claim in the next big thing to hit the fast casual dining food sector today. 

Learn more about Prairie Donair® franchise opportunities 

Quesada Burritos & Tacos

Quesada operates with the goal of bringing The Joy of Mex to hungry customers across their more than 145 locations in Canada. Their menu offers burritos and burrito bowls that customers can fully customize with meat fillings including chile lime fish, spicy chicken, ancho pork, beef barbacoa, ground beef, and beyond meat, among many more vegetable and sauce toppings.

Quesada is dedicated to building a franchise partnership and offers an affordable entry cost, proven business model, and hands-on franchisee support. This includes site selection, lease negotiation, and restaurant design expertise, operational and management training, advertising and promotional support, and systems to build sales while reducing operating costs to increase profits.

Learn more about Quesada Burritos & Tacos franchise opportunities 

strEATS Kitchen

strEATS Kitchen is a trendy, fast-casual restaurant that serves street-inspired food with flavours from around the world. Their menu includes burritos filled with crispy, plain, or buffalo chicken, pork, fish, beef, or a veggie garden burrito with a variety of fresh toppings.

The brand opened its first restaurant in Calgary in 2017, but their franchising expertise dates back to 1985 when they launched Joey’s Seafood Restaurants. Today, strEATS Kitchen operates 14 restaurants across four provinces. Franchisees with strEATS Kitchen are offered a hands-on approach that provides a three-week training program, ongoing operational expertise and oversight, innovative marketing programs, comprehensive purchasing agreements, above average return on investment, and much more.

Learn more about strEATS Kitchen franchise opportunities 

Taco Bell

The Taco Bell brand was introduced to Canada in 1979 with their first location in Ontario, and today has grown to more than 168 units in eight provinces. Taco Bell, the world’s largest Mexican-inspired quick service restaurant brand, serves customizable and made-to-order burritos, tacos, and specialty items.

The franchise system offers support in three primary areas: establishing key contacts, building the restaurant, and getting set up for success.

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Tim Hortons

Tim Hortons offers high-quality, freshly baked goods in their thousands of locations across Canada and in the north central United States. While known for their coffee, donuts, and baked goods, the franchise also offers a variety of lunch items including the chicken Caesar, chicken bacon ranch, chipotle cheddar chicken, and classic chicken wraps.

Franchising with Tim Hortons means joining a brand that’s a household name across the country and offers benefits including a six-step process to become a franchisee. These steps include a discovery call and background screening, operations interviews, two restaurant experience days, and a senior leadership team interview to ensure the franchisee is a perfect fit.

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Twisted Indian Wraps

Twisted Indian Wraps is a fast-casual concept that provides made-to-order items assembled in front of guests. Their menu features a modern Indian cooking style that focuses on authentic taste served in a unique and approachable format. Menu items include roti-wraps and naan-wraps filled with rice, protein, and a choice of toppings, as well as vegan options.

The Twisted Indian Wraps concept is “Exceptional Indian Flavour prepared slowly, served fast.” Franchisees are supported through site selection, lease negotiation, construction, training, marketing, design, and ongoing operations. They also benefit from recipes that are created in a manner which doesn’t require franchisees to have a chef or cook in the kitchen, featuring meats that are marinated overnight.

Learn more about Twisted Indian Wraps franchise opportunities 

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