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Smoke’s Brands Unite Under One Roof

TORONTO — On May 30, Smoke’s Brands will open a Smoke’s Food Court concept, which includes Smoke’s Poutinerie, Smoke’s Weinerie and Smoke’s Burritorie in...

The Fast-casual Segment Remains an Important Player in 2016

Higher-end dining without the big bill — that’s how Ryan Smolkin, founder and CEO of Ajax, Ont.-based Smoke’s Poutinerie describes the fast-casual segment in...

Smoke’s Poutinerie’s Ryan Smolkin Solidifies Brand

In its pursuit of “global domination,” Ajax, Ont.-based Smoke’s Poutinerie has made a name for itself here in Canada, opening more than 100 locations...

Smoke’s Introduces New Weinerie Concept

AJAX, Ont. — The Smoke’s Poutinerie team has expanded into the hot-dog category, serving up the traditional dog with unique toppings at 457 Spadina...

My Best Mistake: Ryan Smolkin Reflects on His New Work-Life Balance

Ryan Smolkin is a self-made entrepreneur whose business career began in Waterloo, Ont. The student of Wilfrid Laurier University’s Business Admin Co-op built a...

How To Build Relationships With Food Suppliers

Good supplier-operator relationships can make a restaurant's food-buying process richer, more efficient and even more economical. Have respect for one another. Be honest...

Kostuch Media Presents 24th Anniversary Pinnacle Awards

TORONTO — Close to 500 members of the foodservice and hospitality industry gathered at Toronto’s Fairmont Royal York Hotel Dec. 7 to officially kick-start...

Company Of The Year: Smoke’s Poutinerie

With its inspired branding initiative and well-recieved unique poutine concoctions, Smoke's Poutinerie is taking the Canadian foodservice arena by storm. Ryan Smolkin...

Smoke’s Poutinerie to Open in Montreal

TORONTO — This spring, Toronto’s Smoke’s Poutinerie is bringing the chain’s newest location home to Quebec, the birthplace of poutine. “My goal from the...

Foodservice Trend Report 2012: Social Media

Foodservice operators are employing common methods to leverage Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn to their advantage. How are operators using social media to...