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JJ Bean is planning to expand its Toronto presence.

Food trucks aren’t the only Vancouver eateries on the move. A baker’s dozen of restaurant groups from A to Z are giving Toronto, and other places, a taste of what they bring to the table

ASSEMBLI

FLAVOUR PROFILE: Build-your-own custom-made salads and pizzas for one price

LOCATIONS: 3

VANCOUVER ORIGINAL: Cambie and 8th, 2017

IN TORONTO: Church and Carlton, 2018

PLUS: No current plans for other locations

BAUHAUS

FLAVOUR PROFILE: Modern German cuisine with West Coast influences

LOCATIONS: 1

VANCOUVER ORIGINAL: W. Cordova and Carrall, 2015

IN TORONTO: Richmond St. W., spring 2020

PLUS: China’s Ocean Flower Island, 2020

CACTUS CLUB CAFE

FLAVOUR PROFILE: Upscale casual West Coast

LOCATIONS: 29

VANCOUVER ORIGINAL: Pemberton Ave., North Vancouver, 1988

IN TORONTO: Adelaide St. W., 2015; Sherway Gardens Mall, 2018

PLUS: Calgary, Edmonton, Saskatoon

DONNELLY GROUP

FLAVOUR PROFILE: Pubs with neighbourhood character

LOCATIONS: 17, including 13 pubs and 3 cocktail clubs

VANCOUVER ORIGINAL: The Bimini, W. 4th Ave., 1999

IN TORONTO: 6, starting with Belfast Love, King St. W., 2016

PLUS: Operates 7 barbershops and a products lab with Barber & Co.

GUU (KITANOYA MARKETING CORP.)

FLAVOUR PROFILE: Japanese gastro-pubs

LOCATIONS: 6

VANCOUVER ORIGINAL: Guu Original Thurlow, 1993, as Raku

IN TORONTO: Queen St. W., 2016

PLUS: 1 more Vancouver location in the works

HAPA IZAKAYA

FLAVOUR PROFILE: Stylish Japanese pub/bistro cuisine using local, seasonal, Ocean Wise ingredients

LOCATIONS: 2

VANCOUVER ORIGINAL: Robson St., 2003 (now closed)

IN TORONTO: College St., 2012

PLUS: Considering locations from Langley to Costa Rica

JJ BEAN COFFEE ROASTERS

FLAVOUR PROFILE: Community cafés featuring coffee roasted daily in small batches

LOCATIONS: 23

VANCOUVER ORIGINAL: Powell and Victoria, 1996

IN TORONTO: 4, starting with Bartley Dr., North York, 2016

PLUS: Plans for 40 cafés in Toronto

THE PARLOUR

FLAVOUR PROFILE: Pizza and share plates meet cocktails and craft beer

LOCATIONS: 2

VANCOUVER ORIGINAL: Hamilton and Nelson, 2012

IN TORONTO: King St. W., early 2019

PLUS: No plans presently

THE SHAMEFUL TIKI ROOM

FLAVOUR PROFILE: Retro Polynesian decor, food and cocktails

LOCATIONS: 2

VANCOUVER ORIGINAL: Main and E. 28th, 2013

IN TORONTO: Queen St. W., 2015

PLUS: Working on a Vancouver location with haunted mansion theme; would like to open in the U.S.

TRACTOR EVERYDAY HEALTHY FOODS

FLAVOUR PROFILE: Fresh, locally focused dishes served cafeteria-style

LOCATIONS: 6

VANCOUVER ORIGINAL: W. 4th and Cypress, 2013

IN TORONTO: Yonge and Richmond, 2018

PLUS: 3 or 4 new Vancouver and Toronto locations by the end of 2019

VIRTUOUS PIE

FLAVOUR PROFILE: Plantbased pizza, small plates and ice cream

LOCATIONS: 4

VANCOUVER ORIGINAL: Main and Keefer, 2016

IN TORONTO: College St., 2018

PLUS: Portland, 2017; Victoria, by end of 2019; plus plans for 8 more throughout North America

THE WAREHOUSE GROUP

FLAVOUR PROFILE: Pub grub at one low price

LOCATIONS: 18

VANCOUVER ORIGINAL: El Furniture Warehouse, Granville and Nelson, 2001

IN TORONTO: 4, starting with Bloor St. W., 2014

PLUS: London, Ont.; Montreal; Ottawa; Quebec City; Trois-Rivières

ZAKKUSHI GROUP

FLAVOUR PROFILE: Japanese restaurants with individual specialties, from yakitori izakaya to sushi

LOCATIONS: 8

VANCOUVER ORIGINAL: Zakkushi on Denman, 2004

IN TORONTO: 3, starting with Zakkushi on Carlton, 2012

PLUS: Queen St. W., Toronto, in the works

PUB CRAWL Vancouver’s Red Truck Beer Co. now has a brewery in Fort Collins, Colorado. It could be the first B.C. brewery to cross the border since Victoria’s Spinnakers Gastro Brewpub opened the Noggins brewpub in downtown Seattle in 1989, followed by a second in the University District a year later. Spinnakers closed both in 1991 to focus on its home market.