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When Gourmet Gringos first opened its food truck in 2012, the goal was to provide the city of Toronto with the experience of fresh, authentic Mexican cuisine.
We quickly noticed that our small food truck idea rapidly expanded into one of the most popular in the city, eventually winning the People’s Choice Award at the 2013 AwesTRUCK event. Shortly after, opening a brick and mortar location seemed the natural thing to do. Fast forward to one year later and we have pop up booths at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, International Centre, and multiple locations around the greater Toronto area.
At Gourmet Gringos, our goal is to continue to provide the freshest, local ingredients using old world cooking methods. By keeping with these traditions, we are able to take simple ingredients and transform them into rich, flavourful food that we are extremely proud of.
We continually strive to use our twenty plus years of knowledge in the restaurant industry to maintain and improve upon our daily operations at Gourmet Gringos. Our focus is to make Gourmet Gringos a national brand that celebrates its community roots without ever sacrificing the quality of our food, traditional cooking methods and commitment to our loyal customers.
One night, two best friends Terry and Krystian sat in Terry’s kitchen and wondered where they could get an empanada on-the-go like the one Krystian’s mom would make. Seeing a gap in the gourmet food truck industry, best friends Terry Nicolaou and Krystian Catala decided to take matters into their own hands. With a fresh, creative idea and a love of Latin food, they took influence from Krystian’s Argentinian background and their knowledge in the food and restaurant industry and ole… Gourmet Gringos was born!
Owner Krystian Catala has over twenty years experience in the restaurant industry, first helping out at his fathers banquet hall at the young age of ten and then eventually owning and operating many successful family businesses over the years. He also has a Degree from York University in Political Science.
Owner Terry Nicolaou’s knowledge owning his own restaurant and more than ten years combined working experience in the food industry created the perfect pairing for the two best friends to start their own business.
Are you someone with an entrepreneurial spirit and a passion for fresh, authentic Mexican food? If so, you may be right for Gourmet Gringos. The question that remains: Is Gourmet Gringos right for you?
Benefits To Becoming A Gourmet Gringos Franchise Operator
The Gourmet Gringos Franchise Concept
Gourmet Gringos has created a unique franchise model that allows for the franchisee to choose their level of investment and the scale of the franchise they wish to operate.
Gourmet Gringos Mexican Express (small to medium locations)
The Gourmet Gringos Mexican Express locations are for stores which are under 1500 square feet. The benefit of owning an Express location is that we have created a simple menu which still appeals to our clients however, it does not require all the equipment and square footage as a regular Gourmet Gringos Mexican kitchen.
Gourmet Gringos Mexican Kitchen (medium to large locations)
Gourmet Gringos Mexican Kitchen is a unique new concept for a franchise model, which capitalizes on both the take-out and sit down restaurant concept allowing the franchisee to benefit from both the lunch and dinner crowd. We believe are Gourmet Gringos Mexican Kitchen Franchise Model is so unique that it’s revolutionary; offering more than just tacos and burritos in a casual, take-out atmosphere with minimal seating.
Gourmet Gringos has taken this traditional concept to a different level. At lunch we will offer the grab and go gourmet burrito and taco bar concept to appeal to the lunch crowd. However, after lunch Gourmet Gringos will convert to a full sit-down Mexican restaurant (LLBO) appealing to the dinner crowd. Take out will still be available, however the dinner menu will be dine-in only. The dinner menu will be an extension of the lunch menu with the addition of sides, entrees, mains and desserts.
Restaurants are designed by our lead architect in collaboration with designers so that modern aesthetics are combined with comfort to create the feel and warmth of an authentic Mexican kitchen. Gourmet Gringos Mexican Kitchen franchise locations offer a fresh, fun contemporary atmosphere for a memorable customer experience.
All franchisee operators and staff will undergo hands-on training, cooking classes at our corporate training facility as well as at one of our corporate locations. We offer an intensive training program teaching the skills necessary to become a successful franchise operator.
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As a Gourmet Gringos franchise operator we will send our training team to your location to work with you and your staff for the first three weeks helping you ease into your role as a franchisee. Subsequently, you will receive on-going operational and marketing support to continuously provide you with the tools you need to be successful.