Mike’s Resto Notes

As a foodie, I love the Ottawa restaurant scene. High on my list is The Works Craft Burgers & Beer (www.worksburger.com). Open since 2001, this wildly popular and award-winning full-service neighbourhood bistro is known for its more than 30 different, hand-prepared gourmet burgers, bottomless fresh hand-cut fries, cool classic shakes and ice-cold beer, which are all 100 per cent Canadian. The Works offers guests eight different patty options as well as gluten-free and vegetarian combinations to choose from.

There are 28 locations in Ontario and as of December 2, one in Cairo, Egypt. So, what about Montreal? In 2017 all the assets of The Works were acquired by the Montreal-based MTY Food Group. Marketing Director Wendy Spence, who “works” out of Oakville, Ontario, notes that when the company embarked upon a recent rebranding process the Stand Montréal marketing firm was hired to lead that process. As for expansion here, Spence believes the Works will likely dip its toes across the bridge from Ottawa, in Gatineau, first. However, if the right franchisee from here surfaces, who knows?

The menu features appetizers, three different poutines (Chez Guy, Tragically Poutine and Brisket Case), chicken sandwiches, salads, the diverse selection of burgers and sides. A calorie account appears next to each item. From 11 am to 3 pm you can take advantage of the lunch menu, with prices ranging from $12.97 to $13.97. There is a kids menu as well. For more information log on to: www.worksburger.com. Gift cards are available.

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