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Quebec’s 1st  first Virtual kitchen concept located in Ville St Laurent has seen groundbreaking success since its launch on July 1, 1st, 2021.  

“We knew our concept would be a success,” said Dan Vigderhous, president of Q-ZN Solutions, “but we never thought we’d see such an explosion right off the bat!”

Q-ZN has secured 21 brands operating out of only 13 kitchen spots, with just 3 kitchens left available for rent. Concepts include American Eclectic Burger, AYA, Big Daddy Wings, Bubble Tea, Cattlemans Pizzeria, Cote Saint-Luc BBQ, Jerk House, Maneki, Man vs. Fries, Mezzmiz, Mia Pasta, Moushi, Nosh Box, Petit Sao, Quebec Pizzeria, Rebel Wings, Shodz, Sofia 2 Go, Wendy’s, Wings & Things and the much-acclaimed MrBeast Burger.

“Working with Q-ZN has been ideal for us,” said Nick Monaco, owner of Sofia2Go, Pizzeria Sofia’s first Montreal location (and only delivery-only location) complementing their other two locations in Brossard and Rosemere. “The facility provides everything we need in a seamless, efficient concept. The management team is outstanding, they provide incredible support, and the Q-ZN concept is simply brilliant!”

With no on-site dine-in facilities, Q-ZN is geared towards pick-up and delivery only and has partnerships with Uber Eats, Skip The Dishes, DoorDash, LightSpeed and Eva.  They have also just launched their proprietary online ordering application – Q-Zone

Q-ZN allows its operators 24/7 access to their own kitchen space, tailored to meet their individual business needs and includes:

  • State of the art kitchen facility fully equipped with all necessary equipment to run a Delivery-Only restaurant
  • Partnership deals with key Delivery partners such as: Lightspeed & Deliverect, Sysco, UberEats, Skip The Dishes, Doordash, Tzanet and more!
  • Low overhead and initial costs tailored to maximize profitability for delivery-only restaurants
  • Flipdish: Digital ordering from kiosks or phones, and grow your business with marketing and loyalty campaigns.

Mike Cohen and Tony Medeiros wax nostalgic at Cattlemans Retro via the Q-ZN ghost kitchen

    Q-ZN, as it is cleverly called, recently opened in the industrial sector of St. Laurent. When Dan and his partners, Jason Nishmas, Jason Martin and Steve Merling, were putting the concept together and approaching restaurants he began waxing nostalgic about Cattlemans. Before you could say “pepperoni,” a plan was in place. He approached the owners of Quebec Pizzeria in Laval (order.quebecpizzeria.ca) and with the blessing of the Blutman family, he gave them the Cattleman’s (now reborn without the apostrophe to please the language police and known as Cattlemans Retro) pizza recipe.  The Papa family from Quebec Pizzeria nailed it.

    Peter Morentzos is behind the development of more than 50 restaurants, with the Queue de Cheval always serving as the flagship. Others included   Moe’s Deli and Bar, Weinstein and Gavino’s and 40 Westt Steakhouse, just to name a few 

    La Queue de Cheval Steakhouse and Raw Bar, (www.queuedecheval.com), located at 1181 Avenue de la Montagne, has been a powerhouse for 22 years. When the COVID-19 pandemic began, Morentzos tried to develop a curbside pickup service. The food was delicious as always, but economically the format was not sustainable.

    Morentzos tells me that he fears La Queue may never open again. Last summer he was supposed to open a Toronto edition, right in the heart of the popular theatre district. That project is off for good as well. However, the pandemic has not resulted in a total loss. In 2014, while he was preparing to reopen La Queue in a new building, Morentzos launched a new brand called QDC Burger in the back alley on Avenue de la Montagne. It was such a hit that he placed the burgers on the regular La Queue menu and then opened standalone locations at 210 St. Viateur Ouest in the Mile End District and another at Pierre Elliott Trudeau Airport in Dorval.

    QDC Burger is a throwback concept that has a down-to-earth feel.  Burgers are simply spectacular as they are uniquely created with a secret recipe of USDA Prime & Canadian AAA “steak-cut” along with QDC a signature brioche bun. Amazingly delicious! The taste profile on its own has the ability to create a loyal cult-like following the menu has two options: Build Your Own Burger, for adventurous foodies, or, choose one of the Chef’s selections of 10 mind-blowing burgers. From crowd favorites like the Surf n’ Turf or the MOB Burger to the health-conscious Kong Burger (Ahi Tuna) or the creative À Louer Burger (Organic King Salmon). Really hungry? No problem add two bucks and go from the large 1⁄4 lb to the extra-large 1/3 lb of USDA steak-cut beef.

    This is where Morentzos is focusing his attention now. The airport locale has been closed since the spring, but business at St Viateur is booming. I recently did a pickup for the family and it is an understatement to say how fabulous these burgers are.

    There was Peter himself cooking the burgers and placing them into neat containers. I dropped a classic half pound burger and fries at my mom’s first and then went home. It was about 35 minutes door to door.  At my household the selections were Lefty’s Burger, the Steakhouse Burger and the Jefferson. I added the lobster roll sandwich for the following day as an extra treat.

     “QDC Burger is shining for us during this dark period,” says Morentzos. “Business is up 40 percent over last year.”

    And yes expansion is on the agenda. Another location will open in Old Montreal by the end of November. That will be followed in December by what Morentzos calls a “dream spot” downtown on Cyprus Street, between Peel and Stanley, right near Le Windsor ballrooms. In the spring QDC will land on trendy Monkland Avenue in NDG.

    “It is an amazing kind of business,” Morentzos says. “You get a high-end quality product in between some bread for less than $20. Of course, we look forward to opening our doors again to dine-in customers, but pickup and delivery work well for us and the clients.”

    Morentzos paints a dreary portrait of the future. “Big-box restaurants will not be back for three to five years,” he predicted. “Everything has changed.”

    QDC Burger is located at 210 rue Saint Viateur Ouest. Opening hours are Wednesday to Sunday from Noon to 9 pm, with a  curbside service takeaway menu and delivery available via Uber Eats, Skip the Dishes and Door Dash. For more information go to www.qdcburger.com or call (514) 312-0321

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