While Canadian’s in British Columbia have been enjoying Triple O’s famous menu items for decades, those in Ontario will get their first taste of the popular burger chain this month. At the beginning of March, the company announced its plan to open 6 locations around the GTA within the next 2 years. This also comes with the exciting news that they hope to open 30 locations around Ontario within the next 5 years.
What Is Triple O’s?
A spin-off of the White Spot restaurants, Canada’s first and longest-running burger chain, Triple O’s opened their first location in Vancouver in 1997. They have since been well known for their popular burgers made with 100% Canadian beef and topped with a pickle, Kennebec fries and hand-scooped shakes. The burger chain has expanded to 71 locations across British Columbia and Alberta with 5 in Hong Kong as well. The interesting name originated as a reference to the “Secret Triple O Sauce” as workers would mark a triple O on the order sheet when extra sauce was requested.
The first Triple O’s in Ontario opened March 2nd in Mississauga, Courtneypark and is set to be followed by an opening in Vaughn this April with Toronto locations to open next. In addition to free-standing locations, drive-thru restaurants will be conveniently located at Pioneer and Ultramar gas stations through the company’s existing, long-standing relationship with Parkland Fuel Corporation. The company will also operate its 30 foot mobile ‘On the Go Truck’ restaurant. Orders are available for pick-up through the drive-thru, the Triple O’s mobile app and delivery through Skip The Dishes and DoorDash. The Ontario openings were originally scheduled to happen in 2020 but were pushed back due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“I can’t tell you how many times guests, potential franchisees and even famous expats living in Ontario ask us when we plan to open a restaurant in the province,” said Triple O’s and White Spot President Warren Erhart. “Nobody’s business plan included a pandemic, and we had to adjust our timing and market entry. People want taste and quality but also safety and convenience. They are more comfortable going to a drive thru or using food delivery services for safety. That’s what we are offering – a better burger experience, but with quick-service speed, enabled by technology”