A major restaurant chain is set to open two locations this year in PEI.

CHARLOTTETOWN, PEI — A major Canadian restaurant franchise will move to PEI. later this year.

Management at the St. Louis Bar and Grill is currently interviewing franchisees who plan to build two locations, one in Charlottetown and one in Stratford, in time for an early to late summer opening.

“I have great franchisees who know the area,” David Polny, senior vice president of international franchise development, told the SaltWire Network on January 5. .”

The St. Louis Bar and Grill currently has over 80 locations in Canada and is expanding into the US market.

Polny said his top priority now is to locate specific locations in Charlottetown and Stratford, adding that the two restaurants are unlikely to open at the same time.

Restaurant sizes and opening dates will largely depend on the locations Polny chooses and the restaurant model the national chain decides to adopt.

“It will be based on the agreements (we conclude with the franchisees). If I sign a deal today, we’re probably looking at opening in June. If I sign a deal in a few months, you’re looking at a July, August, September (opening). Realistically, I hope to open by the end of the summer.”

Polny said both restaurants will be sit-down and take-out establishments.

The one in Stratford will be 2,500 square feet while the restaurant in Charlottetown will be approximately 2,800 square feet.

The franchise, which operates under the tagline “devilishly good” and is known for its wings, was founded in 2002 in Sudbury, Ontario.

Did you know?

  • Another major franchise is interested in coming to PEI.
  • Heather Mann, communications manager for foodservice brands at the International House of Pancakes, said the franchise is considering opening a location in the province. However, she had no additional information to disclose at this time.

Polny said the franchise’s name tends to give people the wrong impression that it’s based in the United States, but it’s named after St. Louis due to the fact that Louis was one of the middle names of the owners of the original franchise.

Robert Godfrey, general manager of the Greater Charlottetown Area Chamber of Commerce, said that was good news.

“Investment in the greater Charlottetown area is seen as an encouraging sign that the business environment on the island is improving,” Godfrey said in an email Jan. 5.

When asked what sets St. Louis Bar and Grill apart from other restaurants, Polny said it caters to everyone.

“We’re a suit-and-boot type brand,” he said. “While our criteria is not an old sporty style, there is a sporty component. Wings and beer are what we are known for, but our menu has grown more diverse over the years. We have salads, tacos, burgers, ribs and more.

Dave Stewart is a reporter for the SaltWire Network in Prince Edward Island.


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