Odd Burger bringing vegan fast food to Old Ottawa South this summer

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Vegan fast-food chain Odd Burger will be opening its new Ottawa location in June. Photo courtesy of Odd Burger.

Odd Burger is set to bring its vegan fast-food format to Ottawa with a location opening in Old Ottawa South slated for June 2024.

The location at 1050 Bank St. is scheduled to open on or around June 1, Odd Burger Corp. announced this week. 

In a news release, the company said that, “The Ottawa location is conveniently located just south of the Glebe neighbourhood, a historic and highly desirable area of Ottawa filled with shopping, boutiques, restaurants and green spaces. The restaurant will feature ample interior seating, a large patio and will have delivery available to nearby Carleton University.”

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Odd Burger, which is based in London, Ont. and trades on the TSX Venture Exchange, announced it is opening three new locations, including the one in Ottawa. 

“This represents the greatest number of locations opened in a one-month period in the company’s history and will bring the total number of operational locations up to 16,” the company said Thursday.

The two other new locations are in Edmonton and Victoria. 

“We are absolutely elated to finally see all of these locations opening after so much hard work from our franchisees, area reps and corporate team members,” said James McInnes, CEO and co-founder of Odd Burger. “These sites are all incredibly strategic for us and will give Odd Burger access into key markets right across Canada. We believe they will service a key demographic for us and will open a lot of growth possibilities as new customers get to experience Odd Burger for the first time.”

Odd Burger Corp. is a franchised vegan fast-food restaurant chain and food technology company that manufactures plant-based protein and dairy alternatives. Its manufactured products are distributed to Odd Burger restaurant locations and sold at grocery retailers. According to the company, restaurants operate as “smart kitchens,” using state-of-the art cooking technology and automation solutions aimed at customers craving healthier and more sustainable fast food. 

“With small store footprints optimized for delivery and takeout, advanced cooking technology, competitive pricing, a vertically integrated supply chain along with healthier ingredients, Odd Burger is revolutionizing the fast-food industry by creating guilt-free fast food that can be enjoyed at its restaurant locations or at home,” the company said in its news release. 

The company also announced Thursday that it has signed a consulting agreement with Ahimsa Foundation, which is working to “accelerate the shift toward a more sustainable and ethical future by actively investing to transition our food system away from animal proteins to healthier and more sustainable options.” 

According to the release, Ahimsa Foundation is one of the largest investors in the vegan and alternative-protein industry, including a recent major investment of US$16 million in Just Egg in September 2023.

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