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Chains in Toronto vs. the U.S. (split from Ontario)

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Chains in Toronto vs. the U.S. (split from Ontario)

TorontoTips | Jul 5, 2010 06:33 AM

Here in Toronto the family-owned, local neighbourhood pizzeria is all but dead.

Lazy affluent folks are buying up franchises at an alarming rate, and children raised on McDonalds etc. are frightened of anything that's not corporate shiny, well advertised and predictable and are somehow satisfied with mass-produced garbage.

I know this is the trend everywhere as we lose the gems of the past, but it's uber-bad in Toronto. SO bad, in fact, that even the fast food here is inferior to other places, since the corporate guys know that Torontonians will accept crap that would never fly in the US or Quebec, for example. Seriously, even McDonalds and KFC are consistently worse in Toronto than in the US and Quebec - dramatically so.

As a result, I am thrilled whenever I find a surviving family business for any type of food, as they typically are passionate and take pride in what they make, rather than many franchisees who thought about opening a dry-cleaning or photocopy franchise before settling on food as their way of hiring a bunch of bored 16 year olds to extract money from an increasingly apathetic public.

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