If you’ve yet to make The Belly Buster Submarines your new lunchtime go-to spot, you are missing out on the awesomeness of having one of Toronto’s best subs now available right in the heart of downtown. Page Magen, along with his brother Jian and friend Michael Kimel, opened The Belly Buster Submarines’ second Toronto location on King Street this summer. Once a suburban Toronto pleasure, Belly Buster’s subs have made our lunch breaks an even more blissful time of day. We caught up with Page, who’s also the co-founder of Magen Boys Entertainment along with Jian, to find out how he takes his sub and what inspired him to get into the sandwich business.
Give us a snippet about you. What should people know?
I am a proud father and loving husband. My twin brother and I have been producing events since we were 16 years old. I love to celebrate and put smiles on people’s faces.
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’ve been a huge fan of The Belly Buster for as long as I can remember. My bro and I would go into the original shop all the time and always try to find a way to work or do something with them. We were producing a birthday party for ourselves a few years ago and we thought it would be a genius idea to bring Belly Busters in as the food. People went nuts! After that, we brought it to a few more events and the next thing you know the owner (Chris) brought the opportunity to expand to us, saying that we were the only guys he knew that could pull it off. Having a twin brother is a blessing. We are able to divide tasks equally so that we can be in two places at one time… literally!
What’s your sub of choice and what do you put on it?
Turkey Bacon with lettuce, tomato, cheese, and mayo.
Finish this sentence. I love Toronto because…
…it gave us opportunity. Toronto rules!
What do you love most about the food scene in Toronto?
There are always a lot of options, and a lot of places that work really hard to please. We try to incorporate this into our own businesses. We want to make people happy with food experiences.
What’s your hidden gem/go-to restaurant for a night out?
I’ve been getting into Latin food recently. Valdez is a great spot, they have a tequila bar as well as really yummy food.
What’s your biggest take-out resto/lunch spot pet peeve?