Jian Magen is part of the reason why, if you work or live near King and Spadina, you’ve been more thrilled about your lunch break than ever before. Magen, along with his brother Page and friend Michael Kimel, opened The Belly Buster Submarine‘s second Toronto location on King Street this summer. We’ve never been more excited to bring home the bacon… along with turkey, ham and the special Belly Buster sauce. We caught up with Jian, who’s also the co-founder of Magen Boys Entertainment (with his bro), to find out how he got “sub”merged in the sandwich industry and where he spends his downtime.
Give us a snippet about you. What should people know?
I was born and raised in Toronto and love my city to bits. I have a twin brother and collectively we run a company called Magen Boys Entertainment. I love what I do and feel so privileged that my career path is that of creating memorable events.
You work in the entertainment industry as well. How did you get involved with Belly Busters, and how do you divide your time now?
I got involved with The Belly Buster Submarines when I started bringing in their delicious subs to events. One thing led to another and we were granted the opportunity to expand the business. Having a twin, I am able to divide my time wisely between the sub shop and the other businesses I have. Essentially I have a clone, and I try to use it wisely! That, along with a great management team keeps everything in check.
What’s your sub of choice and what do you put on it?
There’s nothing like a good old Turkey Bacon with the works on it – olives, pickles, onions and some hot peppers.
Finish this sentence. I love Toronto because…
…it offers something for everyone. Our city is where it is today because of its open arms to anyone and everyone.
What do you love most about the food scene in Toronto?
The diversity. There is no shortage of options when looking to grab a casual bite or head out for some fine dining.
What’s your hidden gem/go-to restaurant for a night out?
At this moment I really enjoy the experience at Valdez. Both the roof top and the restaurant are a ton of fun.
What’s your biggest take-out resto/lunch spot pet peeve?
Getting the order wrong after a reassurance that it would be right.