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Pink Burger. Huh??

So I noticed this new place in the strip mall I pass on my way to work today.

Looked it up on the internet and found the website.
http://www.pinkburger.ca/

Is it just me or does this all most look like a joke??

DT

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    1. OMG... thank you for my morning laugh! That is the single most ridiculous burger website I have EVER seen.

      "Pink Burger’s “Sex and the City” philosophy fuses fresh colors, chic black and white art and scrumptious food to create a dazzling dining experience." What exactly is a "Sex and the City" philosophy as it relates to food, exactly?

      I'm not sure what's funnier, the "concept" page with it's description of the "Sex on Fire" pizza or the fact that they think that a hot woman in pink underwear and pink spike heels is the way to sell burgers and pizzas.

      On their franchise page, they talk about how selection the right location is imperative. Given that their first location is in Aurora, I guess their target market is suburban, 20-somethings who will think this is an authentic "urban" experience.

      Once again, I think you're going to have to take one for the team and go check it out and report back.

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      1. re: TorontoJo

        It just gets better! I dare you to go and order the following:

        French Kiss (poutine)
        Don't Call Me Baby (burger with jalapeno, cheese whiz, onions, red pepper and pickle)
        Shake Your Booty (marshmallow and nutella shake)

        The target market is clearly not guys looking for a burger and a beer.

        1. re: TorontoJo

          So, the target market is younger women who watch sex and the city??? It's mindblowing and breathtaking in its stupidity.

          1. re: acd123

            It's also about 8 years behind the times. Isn't the SATC thing over?? Maybe they should try an Austin Powers themed resto.

            DT

              1. re: annulla

                I love the hilarity of this thread. More please.

          2. re: TorontoJo

            TorontoJo, stupidest burger website??? Sorry to the owners, but that is the single stupidest business concept I have ever seen. I wonder if it was a bet. Someone would have to be out of their mind to think to launch something like that.

            1. re: acd123

              Oh, you're absolutely right about the concept. It's laughably ridiculous. But I just couldn't get over the web site with its club music and the hot chick in underwear. It really does seem like a joke. I do hope someone who lives north of the city goes to check it out and report back. I'm kinda dying to hear about it.

              1. re: acd123

                Really? A little T&A to go with your burger. Works for me... not :)

                1. re: TorontoJo

                  Favourite excerpt from the concept page:

                  "each salad ... can be paired with the “Mr. Big” spiked shake."

                  Ummm. I just hope they're spiking the shakes with alcohol and nothing else...!

                2. Oh man. I wish I was in Toronto so I could go to this place for a laugh.

                  1. This would be great Dragon's Den material!

                    Franchising? Too funny.

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                    1. re: Derksen

                      35k for a franchise fee and they haven't even opened their doors? (based on what proven track record?) this must be a biz school project or something.... this can't be real.

                      Though, I am a little afraid of the woman in the bikini with the handcuffs... located on the concept page...

                      1. re: Apple

                        And they have Nutella and Peanut Butter as burger toppings? What the hell?
                        (I guess they're going for the "Goober Burger" like I saw on Bizarre Foods... peanut butter and mayo)

                        1. re: Apple

                          This is like some weird SCTV parody of all the burger pseudo gourmet places opening up.

                      2. Oh sad, they don't open until September 15...

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                        1. re: TorontoJo

                          I know -- this publicity is hitting all too soon!

                        2. And here I thought you had found that Toronto holy grail, a burger still pink in the middle

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                          1. re: julesrules

                            Actually Moose Winooskees in Kitchener were serving burgers that were still pink in the middle. A friend of mine took me to lunch there last summer and she got a burger still pink in the middle. She of course is one of the more paranoid types regarding pink burgers and asked the manager why her burger was pink. The manager asked the cook about the burger and was told that's how a burger is usually served, however the manager sided with my friend, had the burger cooked through and gave us our meals complimentary!

                            1. re: scarberian

                              They had one of these in Barrie and they told me a burger couldn't be cooked anything but well done.

                              1. re: tjr

                                Maybe it depends on who's cooking back there. I also remember Hot House Cafe years ago (~12 years ago) used to asked their customers how they wanted their burger cooked. I had requested mine to be medium rare and it was served exactly that way. It was one of the best burgers I've ever had in this city. Now, as someone has pointed out, you can't get that anymore.

                                -----
                                Hot House
                                35 Church Street, Toronto, ON M5E 1T3, CA

                                1. re: scarberian

                                  BQM at Queen and Spadina cooks burgers pink.

                          2. This thread does NOT deliver

                            1. zOMG I think I just died from choking on my coffee. Could've been the Gaga circa 2009 playing in the background.

                              Who on earth is their target market?

                              and if i were Pinkberry I'd be all over this :)

                              1. But what if the burgers are really good, fresh-ground and cooked to order? WHAT THEN?!? I am terrified at the prospect of eating here, but I like good burgers. Oh the dilemma.

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                                1. re: childofthestorm

                                  Then you put the blinders on, swallow your pride, and bite the pink bullet. You might want to make sure you have donned your club attire prior to entry.

                                  1. re: Derksen

                                    "Bite the Pink Bullet" could be their new slogan.

                                    1. re: Derksen

                                      You may want to bring your own ear-plugs to block out the n-ts-n-ts-n-ts-n-ts...

                                    2. re: childofthestorm

                                      For some reason, I doubt that the quality of the burgers was on the top of their agenda.

                                      1. re: childofthestorm

                                        Just hope the menu items have numbers, so you don't actually have to order by item name!!!

                                        1. re: Full tummy

                                          Not all of the menu items are embarrassing, most of them look like the names of recent pop songs. And I suspect they blast those songs over the speakers so that the staff can't hear you order!

                                        2. re: childofthestorm

                                          Based on the picture of the burgers cooking on the grill below, I don't think you're gonna get a great burger here. They look very uniform and compact. Like they're frozen.

                                          I do know this place isn't open yet but I really actually think I'll pull a Barney Stinson here.
                                          T.O.Jo "Challenge accepted"!!!

                                          DT

                                           
                                          1. re: Davwud

                                            I also don't get this either.
                                            Burger with lettuce on top and lettuce on bottom. Tomato on top and on the bottom too. Also, cheese and cheese whiz.
                                            What the.........??

                                            DT

                                             
                                            1. re: Davwud

                                              Aren't these just stock photos? I doubt it's of the actual product.

                                              1. re: GoodGravy

                                                I suspect they are. But how stupid is that??

                                                DT

                                                1. re: Davwud

                                                  Well, it's called Pink Burger and themed around old cougars in expensive shoes so...

                                        3. Ha ha! I especially loved the featured krinkle-cut fries...right out of the McCain bag?

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                                          1. re: Yongeman

                                            Yet they say on the menu they have "Fresh Cut" fries. Are we actually to believe they "Fresh Cut" krinkle cut fries??

                                            DT

                                          2. I thought this thread was going to be about a place in Toronto that would serve medium-rare burgers. Too bad!

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                                            1. I was like, "what's w/ the pics of NYC for a burger franchise in Aurora, ON?" I wonder if the waitresses wear Manolos.

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                                              1. re: GoodGravy

                                                Even worse, the photos are of Chicago, not New York (or at least the main background photo is of Chicago, don't know about the rest). So much for the SATC connection.

                                                1. re: TorontoJo

                                                  Yeah, the main bg image isn't NYC, but the shot from the Bklyn Bridge is. I'm wondering if the bankers even read the business plan before handing over the loan. Maybe I should open up a franchise called Twilight Burgers. The Edward will be a poached chicken sandwich with mayo and the Jacob will be locally caught wolves pumped up w/ steroids.

                                                  1. re: GoodGravy

                                                    Don't forget to add glitter! The burgers need sparkle in the sunlight...

                                                    1. re: GoodGravy

                                                      On their FB page under pictures there's one of what I think is South Beach.

                                                      http://tinyurl.com/2clbg53

                                                      DT

                                                2. I guess this is the place where you can order a real "McGangBang" huh?

                                                  http://www.eatmedaily.com/2009/03/the...

                                                  Almost sounds like someone wanted to merge Sex and the City with Bitchin' Kitchen and maybe a little In-N-Out into the mix? :-)

                                                  1. Reading the responses makes me glad my computer speaker was muted. The site itself was enough of an abomination.

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                                                    1. re: Pincus

                                                      I had to tell my SO that the site is work safe! She didn't believe me that the web address was for a restaurant.

                                                      1. re: Derksen

                                                        Davwud, see if you can keep a straight face while ordering a Bimbo with a Brazilian and a Pink Taco.

                                                        1. re: sumdumgoy

                                                          Best laugh of the day, hands down!

                                                          At least if the 'burger' thing doesn't work out, their marketing would make for a very easy switch to a 'different' business operation :-o

                                                          1. re: sumdumgoy

                                                            SDG

                                                            Why don't you join me when you're up my way sometime.

                                                            DT

                                                            1. re: Davwud

                                                              Would be pleased to.
                                                              School starts for son nearby soon .
                                                              I will be in touch.

                                                              1. re: sumdumgoy

                                                                Sounds good. You got my email.

                                                                DT

                                                                1. re: Davwud

                                                                  This place is almost worth a road trip for me, too. As I try to compose the most offensive-sounding order I can.

                                                      2. That is hilarious! I hope the owners don`t mistake the upsurge in visits to their site as INTEREST!

                                                        1. Oh dang...imagine you go in there looking for some 'Viagra', mixed in with some 'Shake Your Booty" then finished with a 'Nut Job'. Are there bylaws in Aurora that might get you in trouble for putting all those words in a sentence?

                                                          1. OK, Davwud, please fess up. Did you ACTUALLY see the store front in Aurora? Or are you in on the hoax of the week? A friend of mine saw the site and is convinced it's a joke, because "it's a far too perfectly executed collection of wrong."

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                                                            1. re: TorontoJo

                                                              From the people who brought you Wild Wing. I give you Pink Burger.

                                                              DT

                                                               
                                                               
                                                               
                                                              1. re: Davwud

                                                                all the stupid crap aside, this could be a good burger potentially, couldnt it?

                                                                Atleast its different then the big chains, its probably worth trying out. Since its from Wild Wing people, I hope this means tons of variety in Burgers, options are always good. They however dont mean anything if the base burger/bun isnt good. If the burger meat is fresh and good and the buns are quality, this could be very promising.

                                                                Id hope for better fries tho, a good french fry is key.

                                                                Then again, If I want a good burger and fries, Ill go to The Real Mccoy.

                                                                1. re: jmarcroyal

                                                                  I know this may sound crazy to some of you, but even it's a really good burger (I seriously doubt it will be) I would never set foot in there. I said it above and I'll say it again: it's a breathtakingly dumb concept which would ruin the experience no matter how good the burger.

                                                                  I would have loved to listen in on the owners' "brainstorming" session.They must have been, like, yeah, this is a great idea, burger place with a SITC theme, with cute burger names and girly decore. I'm laughing just thinking about it.

                                                                  I've got all the burgers I need for now:
                                                                  Burger's Priest
                                                                  Harbord Room
                                                                  Bymark/One
                                                                  Burger Shack
                                                                  Merci Mon Ami (only on Wednesdays)
                                                                  Ceili Cottage
                                                                  Craft Burger
                                                                  Hodad's (unfortunately, located in San Diego's so only in February)
                                                                  Nota Bene

                                                                  I don't need this one.

                                                                  -----
                                                                  Burger Shack
                                                                  233 Eglinton Ave W, Toronto, ON M4R1A9, CA

                                                                  Harbord Room
                                                                  89 Harbord St, Toronto, ON M5S1G4, CA

                                                                  Nota Bene
                                                                  180 Queen Street West, Toronto, ON M5V 2A1, CA

                                                                  Ceili Cottage
                                                                  1301 Queen St E, Toronto, ON M4L, CA

                                                                  Big Smoke Burger
                                                                  573 King St W, Toronto, ON M5V1M1, CA

                                                                2. re: Davwud

                                                                  Wild Wing is behind this? Sounds like they're "diversifying" their business now that the American chain they copied will be in town soon...

                                                                  http://www.torontosun.com/money/2010/...

                                                                  1. re: Davwud

                                                                    Did they let you in, or are those interior pictures from somewhere else?

                                                                    1. re: Full tummy

                                                                      I just walked in.

                                                                      I ended up talking to the GC. He's the one who told me about WW. The same guy is also behind SW Supper Club.

                                                                      DT

                                                                      1. re: Davwud

                                                                        This is very funny, because before I saw this post, I was thinking to myself:

                                                                        "Boy, these burger / pizza items all sound like wing flavours from WW / All Star Wings"

                                                                        I guess it's from the same creative minds behind it the WW menu.

                                                                3. the music lol!!!!

                                                                  just noticed every time you load the page its a different song... the funniest was 'I wanna ride your disco stick'

                                                                    1. re: hungryabbey

                                                                      ok but check this, given its location is going to be in the club district, im guessing its going to be a late night spot for after club eats. If you were with a group of girls all dressed up for the clubs and they wanted to go grab some food(lets face it, they all do, usually McDonalds), why wouldnt you go to this place?

                                                                      I kinda like the idea of getting a good burger while surrounded by scantily clad drunken women.

                                                                      Thats the only situation Id go to the place...

                                                                      1. re: jmarcroyal

                                                                        How do you figure it's in a club district??

                                                                        It's at the corner of Wellington and Bayview in Aurora. There's not a club for a few miles.
                                                                        http://tinyurl.com/29vvn8u

                                                                        DT

                                                                        1. re: jmarcroyal

                                                                          A strip mall in Aurora is not exactly going to attract scantily clad drunken women.

                                                                            1. re: dmartins123

                                                                              "Bathurst and Wellington (in Aurora)"

                                                                              1. re: ultimate4g63

                                                                                duh.....what the heck was I reading?

                                                                                anyways....looks silly and out of place in aurora (or downtown for that matter).

                                                                                1. re: ultimate4g63

                                                                                  BAYVIEW and WELLINGTON in Aurora.

                                                                                  DT

                                                                                  1. re: Davwud

                                                                                    clearly i had the location mixed up, lol. This restaurant will fail, maybe they should move it to the entertainment district in Toronto...

                                                                        2. Part of the Savory menu-
                                                                          Nutty proffessor - Nutella and whipped cream????
                                                                          am not sure if my taste buds would agree to this being salty!!

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                                                                            1. re: kpaxonite

                                                                              It also has nothing to do with nutella and whipped cream, however.

                                                                              All I can say is finally...FINALLY...someone will serve me a pink martini with a Pop Rock rim. Toronto is so hopelessly behind on all of the good, sophisticated trends.

                                                                              1. re: Wahooty

                                                                                I really love it when they drop some jaw breakers at the bottom of the glass too!

                                                                                ...

                                                                          1. When you google streetview the address there are no buildings, just a bunch of trees??

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                                                                            1. re: canadianbeaver

                                                                              Google streetview isn't updated by the second (or day, or week, etc).

                                                                              1. re: tjr

                                                                                Pink Burger is at Wellington and Bayview - not Bathurst and you've got to see it to believe it!

                                                                                1. re: tjr

                                                                                  Yes, I know. I typed in 650 Wellington (the address on their website) and it was just a bunch of forest -- I guess they built an entire complex since then, just unusual.

                                                                                2. re: canadianbeaver

                                                                                  The address pops up in the wrong location. There's nothing at Bathurst and Wellington.
                                                                                  The street view is from when the plaza was under construction. The Longo's is now open as is most of the plaza.
                                                                                  http://tinyurl.com/2a7jh78

                                                                                  DT

                                                                                  1. re: Davwud

                                                                                    Thanks, that makes a lot more sense then where I was going with the streetview.....

                                                                                    1. re: canadianbeaver

                                                                                      Make no mistake. The place is in a plaza at on the North West corner of Bayview and Wellington in Aurora. Not anywhere near Bathurst.

                                                                                      DT

                                                                                3. Is this place open yet? Not that I plan on driving all the way up to Aurora just for a laugh....

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                                                                                  1. re: TexSquared

                                                                                    Web site says it's opening Sept. 23.

                                                                                    1. re: TorontoJo

                                                                                      Thanks... I'm sure Davwud will pop in on opening day and see how busy (or not) they are...

                                                                                      1. re: TexSquared

                                                                                        i like how all the sauces cost 69 cents

                                                                                        1. re: TexSquared

                                                                                          Don't be so sure. I will lean into the strike zone and take one for the team at some point though.

                                                                                          DT

                                                                                          1. re: Davwud

                                                                                            I highly doubt Burger's Priest has anything to worry about when these jokers open....

                                                                                            1. re: TexSquared

                                                                                              Considering they're owned by the Wild Wing people, I'm sure you can get an idea of what it'll be like.

                                                                                              DT

                                                                                              1. re: Davwud

                                                                                                But given you're a WW fan, you should be more optimistic than me...

                                                                                                1. re: TexSquared

                                                                                                  Not a fan. Just don't hate them.

                                                                                                  DT

                                                                                            2. re: Davwud

                                                                                              Did you take one for the team yet?

                                                                                              1. re: TexSquared

                                                                                                Nope, not yet. Next Friday maybe.

                                                                                                DT

                                                                                                1. re: Davwud

                                                                                                  No rush... probably best to give them a few weeks to iron out the bugs. Then if they have service/quality issues when you go, they have no excuse....

                                                                                                  Their website, Facebook page, and Twitter feed don't seem to be making a big deal of their grand opening, as if they're trying to keep the crowds small until they're 100% ready for them.

                                                                                      2. The name of this place and the website sound cheesy BUT I know if I wanted to do a fun girls' night out here....it would be a hoot. It would be a one time thing though unless I was so impressed by the food that I would want to go back.

                                                                                        Sounds like a fun (one time) thing to do.

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                                                                                        1. re: TOchowgal

                                                                                          Here's the thing....it's a total letdown....

                                                                                          I live a few blocks away and I'm always game for a new burger joint, so I was anxious. Bottom line, not good at all.

                                                                                          The burger is mushy with NO flavour at all and the sauces are generic at best. The fries taste like a batch from New York Fries, but way underdone.

                                                                                          Now, my real beef (pun intended) is the scam on the "make your own" burgers....they charge you for ANYTHING over 4 toppings! I had to pay $0.69 for mustard!!! (I have the receipt to prove it). I don't think that ketchup, mustard, mayo, pickles and onions is an order that warrants a "premium" surcharge.

                                                                                          Anyways, I could forgive all that if it was a great burger....but it's not. Save your time and go to Licks or South Street....both are infinitely better.

                                                                                          1. re: chrispy_g

                                                                                            I'm not surprised. You can't expect quality product from Wild Wing. If Lick's beats these guys, that's bad....

                                                                                            Not that I ever plan on going, but if I did I'd make a point of bringing ketchup/mustard/relish packets in with me.... those 3 alone would save $2.07 plus HST!

                                                                                            1. re: chrispy_g

                                                                                              Absolutely no surprise. I've agreed to meet some people and give it a go anyway. We'll see if they're still up for it after reading this.

                                                                                              DT

                                                                                              1. re: Davwud

                                                                                                So, did you go to this? Love to hear your review on it, since I seriously doubt I'll be making the trip to Aurora from Durham Region.....

                                                                                                1. re: TexSquared

                                                                                                  I've driven by about four times now and the "open" sign is on, but nobody's home..

                                                                                                  1. re: Wiley

                                                                                                    Worst. Concept. Ever.
                                                                                                    Worth a good chuckle though

                                                                                                  2. re: TexSquared

                                                                                                    Nah Tex I really haven't had time to. I don't have many opportunities to go and when I do, I generally want to go for something good.

                                                                                                    Maybe next weekend.

                                                                                                    DT

                                                                                                    1. re: Davwud

                                                                                                      Given some of the comments, I don't blame you for not wanting to waste time and money on this joke even if you're in the neighbourhood.....

                                                                                            2. Okay, file this place under

                                                                                              EPIC FAILURE

                                                                                              They're gone. Less than 6 months later they're closed and advertising a new Rib Crib is about to open up.
                                                                                              http://www.ribcrib.com/index.php

                                                                                              I don't hold much hope for this place either but reviews I've seen seem to be good.

                                                                                              DT

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                                                                                              1. re: Davwud

                                                                                                maybe they went back to the drawing board...i'm sure we'lll see them again - maybe pink taco is next...

                                                                                                1. re: chrisfernando100

                                                                                                  Nah, he'll start a "pink sushi" chain with 100 variations of rolls....

                                                                                                2. re: Davwud

                                                                                                  Puts a smile on my face to watch anything owned by that Wild Wing jerk to fail. GO BUFFALO WILD WINGS!!

                                                                                                  1. re: Davwud

                                                                                                    You sure it's the same RibCrib chain you linked to? Given their focus (based in Oklahoma and nothing further north than IA or east than MO), I can't see such a chain expanding to Canada while just skipping over IL, IN, NY, OH, PA, MI, etc....

                                                                                                    Almost sounds like yet another case of Mr. Wild Wing copying a U.S. chain name to block them from coming in... Here are some more ideas for him to open (and epic-fail in months):

                                                                                                    Cheesecake Depot
                                                                                                    F.P. Chan's
                                                                                                    Chilly's
                                                                                                    Golden Star Chili
                                                                                                    Gene O's East Pizza
                                                                                                    Dreamy Land BBQ
                                                                                                    Get-In-And-Get-Out Burger
                                                                                                    Barrel of Crackers
                                                                                                    C.C.'s Pizza
                                                                                                    Illegal Seafood

                                                                                                    1. re: TexSquared

                                                                                                      What I am sure of is the sign that said Rib Crib. There is a Rib Crib chain in the US so does 1 + 1 = 2?? You tell me.

                                                                                                      DT

                                                                                                      1. re: Davwud

                                                                                                        Same font/logo as the U.S. chain? Sorry to be so nit-picky about it, want to know if it's legitimately the American restaurant expanding here, or a local clone of the real deal, meant to deceive (i.e. Houston vs Houston's, Wild Wing vs Buffalo Wild Wings, Alice Fazooli's vs Fazoli, etc)

                                                                                                        1. re: TexSquared

                                                                                                          Could be the same guy but franchising (or having Canadian franchising rights) RC.

                                                                                                          I'll take a pic when I'm by there next.

                                                                                                          DT

                                                                                                          1. re: Davwud

                                                                                                            www.ribcrib.ca

                                                                                                            Perhaps part of a settlement with the BWW people?? I don't know who's behind what but it's pretty odd.

                                                                                                            DT

                                                                                                             
                                                                                                             
                                                                                                            1. re: Davwud

                                                                                                              Weird. Exact same name, totally different font on the logo. I guess we can expect a Papa John's Pizza in Canada next.

                                                                                                                1. re: Pincus

                                                                                                                  I didn't really look at the website but the names of the different offerings smacks of the WW motif.

                                                                                                                  Perhaps it's like Best Buy. Same name but not really affiliated.

                                                                                                                  DT

                                                                                                                  1. re: Pincus

                                                                                                                    What's also funny is you have to hunt to find how to order ribs.

                                                                                                                    DT

                                                                                                                    1. re: Pincus

                                                                                                                      Like I said, this guy wouldn't know an original idea if it bit him in the ass...

                                                                                                                      Not that the REAL Rib Crib based out of Oklahoma would ever expand here, as I explained above, but I'm of the opinion that the copycat is always inferior to the genuine article. And by this move, he's effectively prevented the real Rib Crib from ever coming up. This is wrong.

                                                                                                                      I guess he should open a chain of snack food stores that sell expensive pears and caramel corn and call them "Hairy David's" :-)

                                                                                                                      1. re: Pincus

                                                                                                                        There are several Papa Johns in Canada.

                                                                                                                        1. re: srobes

                                                                                                                          There are! One of those U.S. chains that mostly expand in Western Canada, I see.

                                                                                                                          1. re: Pincus

                                                                                                                            Kitchener / Waterloo has a couple Papa John's. I've not had the chance to try one yet. They tend to close too early for when I'd want to snack :)

                                                                                                            2. re: Davwud

                                                                                                              Well, I suppose it's a good thing that I never indulged my urge to try this train wreck of a concept. :)

                                                                                                              1. re: TorontoJo

                                                                                                                But think of all the bad memories you'd have to look back on and laugh.

                                                                                                                DT

                                                                                                            3. This has been a funny thread from start, to now finish.

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                                                                                                              1. re: pakmode

                                                                                                                Yeah, when your restaurant concept is the laughing stock of Toronto's foodie community you aren't going to last.... it's too bad Bourbon St. Grill's "junk Chinese passed off as Cajun" didn't get the same reaction....

                                                                                                              2. Ok, I went to "Rib Crib" for lunch today (was working from home and I live in Aurora). Bottom line: It's absolutely horrible.

                                                                                                                First of all, it's the same guy behind the "Pink Burger" concept. Apparently I heard he owns the Wild Wing franchise as well. It's clear he has no clue about food, and is in it purely for the $.

                                                                                                                I tried ordering the pulled pork, but was told "we are out of pork". Huh? It's 3/4 of your menu!.. "We are getting a delivery today, but it has to thaw anyway..." Frozen... lovely.. not suprised.

                                                                                                                So, I ordered the brisket sandwich ($5.99) that doesn't come with ANYTHING. You have the option of ordering beans or slaw extra for $1.99. WTF? what BBQ place doesn't include anything on the side? They were out of slaw as well (at this point I was laughing). So i got the beans. My wife ordered the same sandwich (no side for her), and we shared an order of the fried pickles ($6.99) as an app.

                                                                                                                The pickles came. Or.. I should say pickle (sing.). It was literally one pickle cut in quarters length wise... for 5 frickin bux... they tasted ok, wife hated them.

                                                                                                                The sandwiches came. This isn't brisket. It's pulled like pulled pork... WTF? Not only that it is DROWNED in sauce. In fact, it might as well been pork, as you wouldn't be able to taste the difference. Size isn't very big, which would be forgiveable if it tasted good... But it didn't. It was horrible: Like eating a bun with sauce and no beef flavour. no smoke, no nothing. Garbage. The beans were even worse. basically Heinz out of a can thrown into a little plastic cup for $1.99 extra.

                                                                                                                The bill came to $25. I gave the waitress a $5 tip because she was nice. So $30 for 2 sandwiches, 1 pop (wife had water), fried pickle, and side beans. complete and utter ripoff. Oh, the indigestion was free :)

                                                                                                                Honestly, if you're in the area, drive a little farther north to Big Bone BBQ on Eagle st, as they serve up the real deal (same owners as Memphis in Vaughan). Even driving to Southern Rub in Vaughan is worth spending the gas money over this crap. At least those folks serve up authentic BBQ, and they are passionate about the food, rather than the "gimmick"

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                                                                                                                1. re: bananachipz

                                                                                                                  LOL. What a joke this guy has been to the food industry. A brisket that was more akin to pork. Interesting and I like the "we're out of pork" response from the staff and then the new shipment has to thaw. Wow. Thanks bananachipz for being the guineapig for the rest of us. Know that your sacrifice has saved many. It's nice to know that we in the east have Buster Rhinos. Now I feel for some real bbq ribs and brisket... pardon the drool.

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                                                                                                                  Buster Rhino's
                                                                                                                  2001 Thickson Rd S, Whitby, ON L1N, CA

                                                                                                                  1. re: bananachipz

                                                                                                                    Buffalo Wild Wings is going to bury this joker 6 feet under. The sooner the better.

                                                                                                                    1. re: bananachipz

                                                                                                                      I just want to clear one thing up. Was the beef definitely PULLED or was it CHOPPED?? Brisket will come chopped in some places. If it's pulled then it's just not read BBQ.

                                                                                                                      There's no excuse for drowning meat in sauce like that.

                                                                                                                      I also highly doubt there's any smoking going on. I was by there on the weekend, mid day, not smoke aroma anywhere. Also, if he's looking to franchise that may be a deal breaker for a lot of people.

                                                                                                                      DT

                                                                                                                      TEX: I keep meaning to call Rib Crib in the US to see if they're affiliated. I'm wondering if they know and if not, do they care.

                                                                                                                      1. re: Davwud

                                                                                                                        It was pulled... .. I do a lot of my own with my Big Green Eggs, so I'm a bit of a snob when it comes to this stuff. I can't stand it when meat is smothered in sauce.

                                                                                                                        It looks as if his M.O. is franchising. Look at Wild Wing. I've heard from people that many franchisee's have pulled out because the guy lets one open on every corner. I'm sure his passion is in the $, and not the food.

                                                                                                                        1. re: bananachipz

                                                                                                                          Sounds like it's a Cysco type brisket product that probably arrives frozen and in a sauce already. Pauper's downtown used to serve something like that and I know the stringy pulled texture you're talking about that looks like a greyish pulled pork. Unless a machine is separated it I'd have no idea how one would do that by hand with actual smoked brisket.

                                                                                                                          1. re: bananachipz

                                                                                                                            Thanks for the review! I pass by that place all the time on the way to the gym and I get tempted to try it. Now, I won't even bother!

                                                                                                                            1. re: Mr_Elusive

                                                                                                                              You can find where the real BBQ is by looking at other threads here.

                                                                                                                              Don't waste your time with anything owned by Wild Wing. They can't get wings right, they can't get burgers right, and they certainly can't get BBQ right. What cuisine will they butcher next? The company should be renamed "Poseur Restaurant Group"...

                                                                                                                              I know what he needs to do next.... AYCE Chinese Buffet! Same idea right? Fry up a bunch of chicken balls, drown them in 20 different sauces, bam, that's 20 unique items you can try!

                                                                                                                            2. re: bananachipz

                                                                                                                              I just wanted to make sure you had your facts straight. Good to know that you do.

                                                                                                                              There's no question that this guy is in it for the buck only. I know a few people who've been aproached by him and they say his deals are terrible.

                                                                                                                              I guess he hit a home run with WW and thinks he can apply the formula anything and it'll work.

                                                                                                                              DT

                                                                                                                              1. re: Davwud

                                                                                                                                This guy is to restaurants what Michel Leblanc is to airlines....

                                                                                                                                (for those who don't know, if you choose to fly on any airline he owns, you deserve to be stranded somewhere far from home...)

                                                                                                                            3. re: Davwud

                                                                                                                              I e-mailed them (US head office) about it when I first read this thread. I never got a response back from them. Curious if they ever got the message.

                                                                                                                              1. re: ylsf

                                                                                                                                Given that it is highly unlikely the real Rib Crib would ever expand here, they could care less. And given what we just heard above, the fake Rib Crib won't last anyway so why should the originals worry about them.

                                                                                                                                Maybe he should try opening up a new place called "Pseudo-Sushi" where you have a choice of 100 different California rolls and 20 different barbecue sauces to drown them in... Spicy Insanity Roll covered with Honey Garlic BBQ sauce, yum :-)

                                                                                                                                1. re: TexSquared

                                                                                                                                  Hey, he may read these boards. Stop that.

                                                                                                                                  1. re: Pincus

                                                                                                                                    He can hire me as his consultant. Hell, I'll do it on a purely voluntary basis. I'll give him his next restaurant concept to throw his money at, it'll fail in six months, Chowhound gets to laugh at it, and then I'll pull another idea out of my hat... lather rinse repeat....

                                                                                                                                  2. re: TexSquared

                                                                                                                                    Rib Crib did not last.

                                                                                                                                    It went out months ago. Another big faiure on the WW behalf. No new concept place in there now.

                                                                                                                                    DT

                                                                                                                                    1. re: Davwud

                                                                                                                                      I am hoping that WW isn't taking their sideshow on the road to Pickering... nobody seems to know who's behind Pig Out BBQ near my house but your post just made me fear it's these guys again....

                                                                                                                                      1. re: TexSquared

                                                                                                                                        I doubt it. They seem to use that spot up here in Aurora as a proving ground.

                                                                                                                                        DT

                                                                                                                                        1. re: Davwud

                                                                                                                                          That and given the pattern of these last two epic failures, usually they have a very loud (Flash-infested) website and a busy Facebook page running months in advance of opening.

                                                                                                                                          This new BBQ place in Pickering (Pig Out) has no Internet presence other than a job posting on Kijiji last week.

                                                                                                                                          Here's their logo, from the job ad:

                                                                                                                                          http://toronto.kijiji.ca/c-ViewAdLarg...

                                                                                                                                          1. re: TexSquared

                                                                                                                                            Logo doesn't match what they usually have as well.

                                                                                                                                            DT

                                                                                                                                            1. re: Davwud

                                                                                                                                              Definitely more subdued compared to the loud, in your face logos you expect from the Wild Wing people.

                                                                                                                                            2. re: TexSquared

                                                                                                                                              I can't seem to view the actual ad (just the logo) but maybe you can contact them via the contact info for the ad and ask for more details.

                                                                                                                                              1. re: ylsf

                                                                                                                                                If you want to see the full ad here it is:

                                                                                                                                                http://toronto.kijiji.ca/c-jobs-bar-f...

                                                                                                                                                I will email them and see what info I get.