An Ontario Poutine Chain Is Trying to Open in Quebec
Source Montreal Eater
You know what sounds like a great business plan? Trying to make a poutine and hot dog chain from Ontario work in Quebec.
According to La Presse, that’s just what New York Fries is doing, as the chain just opened a counter in Carrefour Laval this week.
New York Fries has no connection to New York (city or
state) — rather, it came out of Brantford, Ontario, in the ‘80s. While
it did have locations in Quebec in the ‘90s, it’s been gone from the
province for a couple of decades now. It has over 150 locations
elsewhere in Canada, and a few dozen overseas, primarily in the Middle
East. The company was acquired
by hospitality and fast food corporation Cara in 2015, which also owns
St-Hubert, Harvey’s, and Swiss Chalet (Cara is now known as Recipe
There’s probably a reason that New York Fries didn’t
become a success in Quebec — its menu is rather similar to that of a
casse-croûte. It’s centred around fries, poutine, and hot dogs. The
poutines vary from the classic to options such as butter chicken or
pulled pork poutine; hot dogs include rather salty items such as a
bacon-cheese topped dog.
Given that this is the home of poutine (and there’s perhaps a certain
Quebec pride around that), “let’s bring poutine from Ontario to Quebec”
is perhaps not the wisest business move. That said, there are a couple
of factors that might work in New York Fries’ favour.