NEWARK, NJ -- Focus Restaurant Concepts are teaming with the high-powered investment group Franks, Wesley and Thompson to open what the Trenton-based restaurant group hopes will be the next hot trend in chain restaurants; Canadian Cuisine.
This weekend is the grand opening of their flagship restaurant, North of the Border. Karen Ellroy, spokesperson for Focus Restaurant Concepts, describes North of the Border as a hip place with a fun atmosphere, "like a TGI Fridays with a Canadian flare."
Upon entering North of the Border, customers will find employees dressed in traditional Canadian clothing and speaking Canadian English. The interior is filled with Canadian memorabilia like a replica of Lord Stanley's Cup, hockey jerseys, an enlarged autographed photo of Canadian Prime Minister, Stephen Harper, and an assortment of all things Canadian. Plus, there's plenty of Brian Adams, Anne Murray and Nickelback on the jukebox.
Opening the menu, one will find a scrumptious assortment of authentic Canadian delicacies like steaks, burgers and fries, spaghetti and meatballs and nachos. Ellroy says to try one of the signature salads with imported Canadian ranch dressing.
Ms. Ellroy believes North of the Border will be a runaway hit and adds that the dining experience makes you feel like you're actually eating in a restaurant in downtown Winnipeg.
Look for a new North of the Border franchise opening in your town in the near future.