Kinka Family Inc., the Toronto restaurant group behind Guu SakaBar and Kinton Ramen, will open an outlet of the former in the troublesome Faubourg complex Downtown. Kinka Izakaya will join the company's six extant restaurants in Toronto.
The debut of the hashtag-happy Toronto transplant confirms the all too evident fact that Montreal has gone full-scale demented for casual Japanese. In the not so distant past, the likes of Big in Japan, Kazu, Saka-Ba! and Iwashi were fanciful concepts. Now every 'hood bereft of karaage and ramen in the city feels off-trend.
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Hyunsoo and his partners want to extend the Kinka brand, it seems, across Canada. The franchise page of the company's website declares that "until recently, only a handful of Torontonian residents and lucky tourists could enjoy the fantastic taste of our restaurants. With an initial investment, you can own and run our brand restaurants in your location."