Vancouver poutine lovers will soon have another establishment to satisfy their cravings. Smoke's Poutinerie is opening two of its three announced franchise locations on Robson Street and Granville Street this month (September). It also has plans to open in Vancouver's West End and the Downtown East Side.
The franchise has been experiencing steady growth in Ontario and Quebec, recently opening two locations in Quebec and announcing four new locations in Toronto.
The franchise's owner, Ryan Smolkin, has frequently attended franchise shows in Vancouver and was impresssed with the city's eclectic street food.
The modern twist on traditional food that the franchise has taken with its unique toppings and variations of poutine was partially inspired by a Vancouver food truck-turned -restaurant, Japadog. The Japanese-hot dog fusion has been well received, obtaining an almost cult-like following - convincing the food-truck owners to open a brick-and-mortar location on Robson street.
Smoke's Poutinerie has taken the traditional poutine of fries, curd and gravy, and added different toppings including pulled pork, nacho veggie and chicken curry. A custom menu allows customers to choose from over 20 poutine menu items for custom creations.
Smoke's Poutinerie franchise costs vary from location to location, but start with a minimum investment of $150,000 and a franchise fee of $30,000. Royalties are at 6 per cent, plus advertising fees of 2 per cent.
from Western Investor September 2012