TORONTO — Health-focused fast-casual concept, iQ, is opening a new flagship location at Toronto’s Yorkdale Shopping Centre this month.
The 2,300-sq.-ft. restaurant will be the brand’s largest location to date, as well as its first location outside of Toronto’s downtown core. The space will be designed by Toronto-based Mason Studio, with seating for more than 40 guests.
“For the last seven years, our growth has been extremely measured,” says Alan Bekerman, founder and CEO of iQ. “The company has functioned as a large sandbox of ideas where we’ve dared to experiment, break things and put them back together for only one reason: pioneering the best practices that will come to define the future of our brand and, ultimately, the healthy fast-casual restaurant space. We’re now entering the second phase of our growth — scale.”
iQ focuses on healthy and vibrant food made with locally-sourced, sustainable ingredients. The brand’s menu, which is overseen by executive chef Christine Flynn, rotates seasonally and features bowls, toasts, soups, baked goods, snacks and smoothies.