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They call us Hogtown for good reason - Toronto is simply gaga for bacon.
Look no further than the week-old Rashers in Leslieville, where UK-style bacon butties made with everything from old-school peameal ($6.64) to cider-glazed wild boar ($8.85) are selling out daily. There's even a vegetarian version ($6.42) with fried mushrooms. Thank consulting chef Suzanne Baby of the celebrated Gallery Grill for the card.
Business is so good, first-time restaurateurs John Clark and Richard Mulley are already planning locations near Trinity-Bellwoods Park and Yonge and Eglinton. NOW spoke to co-owner Clark and asked him to spill the beans on Rashers' overnight success.
Richard and I were sitting around having a few beers talking about great ideas and that sort of thing and we said, ‘You can't really get a good bacon sandwich around here.' Sure, you have the St Lawrence Market but you can't get a bacon butty with rasher bacon cut the way they do it in the UK. The next thing we know, we're putting our name on a lease.
We both live in the neighbourhood with our families and the rent's relatively low so we don't feel like we've bitten off more than we can chew.
Anything new on the horizon?
We're thinking of doing a couple of seasonal sandwiches like turkey bacon with stuffing and cranberry sauce. And we'll be starting breakfast delivery into the downtown core soon.
I smell franchise.
The idea going into this was if the concept works, we're not in it to open a sandwich shop. We're in it to build a business. We're not restaurant operators. We're building a brand.
Say, what happened to the apostrophe?
I don't know. It's always been Rashers.
Rashers, 948 Queen E, at Morse, 416-388-0190, rashers.ca Open Monday to Wednesday 8:30 am to 8 pm, Thursday to Saturday 8:30 am to 10 pm, Sunday 8:30 am to 2:30 pm. Unlicensed. Access: two steps at door, limited counter seating, no washrooms.