Come experience quality, service and the best Braai in town! We are a family owned and operated South African Restaurant, located in the Kingsway Neighbourhood of Etobicoke.
Where did the name ‘PlanB Handmade Burgers, Boerewors & Braai’ come from?
Co-owners Haroun and Shamiema signed a 5-year lease on a food service/restaurant style unit for an-named franchise. Due to the rising costs of the franchise and supplies, they decided to shut the doors. Knowing there were a few years left on the lease, Haroun asked Shamiema what the plan was for the remainder of the term. She replied, “I have no idea.”
That answer really stunned Haroun — his wife and business partner was known for giving really great advice and being quick on her feet with answers. He replied, “So you telling me after all this time we don’t have a Plan B?”
They then reminisced about Johannesburg, South Africa. Growing up, when friends and family gathered the popular saying was, “So what’s the plan for the weekend?” Or, “What’s the plan for food?” The bold flavours of homemade braai from back home rushed to mind.
At that moment in time, the name was born, ‘PlanB Handmade Burgers, Boerewors & Braai.’
Plan B Handmade Burgers, Boerewors & Braai restaurant’s South African barbecue in the Kingsway is Grade A good.
Plan B may be the name of their restaurant, but selling South African food was never a contingency for Haroun Hassen and Shamiema Kara.
The husband-and-wife team from Johannesburg first drew up a business plan in 1996. Then life, as it does, got in the way. Children needed raising. Family businesses need managing.
Fast forward to this April, when Hassen and Kara opened Plan B Handmade Burgers, Boerewors & Braai in the Kingsway. They tweaked their original idea into Toronto’s only South African barbecue joint, where the food is Grade A enjoyable.
“Plan B has always been our Plan A,” says Hassen.
Read the full story by Amy Pataki, Restaurant Critic at Toronto Star | Food and Drink