After Ottawa launch, healthy eating chain Mad Radish expands to Toronto

Mad Radish co-founder David Segal. File photo.

The founder behind DavidsTea is taking his salad-based meal chain Mad Radish to Toronto following a successful launch in Ottawa.

The company announced Wednesday that it will open its first location in Toronto at Yonge Street and Eglinton Avenue. Today Mad Radish has three locations in Ottawa – one in the Glebe and two in the downtown core – with Toronto marking its first move out of the nation’s capital.

The company offers healthy, “chef-driven” meal choices, according to co-founder David Segal, who spoke to OBJ in 2017 when the chain first launched in Ottawa.

Segal told OBJ then that he believed burger joints were crowding the quick-service scene and there was a market for fast and healthy offerings. He added that Mad Radish wouldn’t offer “rabbit food,” and contrasted the restaurant’s offerings with competitors that he says lack substance.

“There’s a lot of salad places out there … but there needs to be a level of investment with the culinary aspects of making a salad.”

All Mad Radish locations are “cashless and trashless,” featuring fully compostable packaging as well as mobile or card payments only.