About CARA restaurant franchising
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CARA is Canada's most historic and largest full service restaurant companies and owns many of Canada’s most recognizable and favourite restaurant concepts including: Swiss Chalet, East Side Mario's, Milestones, Casey's, Bier Markt, Kelsey’s, Montana's, Fionn MacCool's, and Harvey’s. CARA has system wide sales of approximately $1.7 billion and over 840 restaurant locations across Canada. CARA’s size and scale provide franchisees with a competitive advantage as it relates to: purchasing, real estate, construction, marketing, and information technology. Leveraging these services provides franchisees with superior added value and support to help increase the bottom line.


Cara Operations Ltd. begins as the Canada Railway News Company, selling newspapers and magazines on trains and planes in Canada
Swiss Chalet opens
its doors in Toronto
at the corner of
Bedford & Bloor
Harvey's was founded
on Yonge Street in
Richmond Hill, ON
The modern CARA
is born through
the merger of
Canada Railway
News Company
and Aero Caterers
CARA began to dabble in branded restaurants
by opening PJ's and the Steak n' Burger chain
CARA acquires Swiss Chalet & Harvey's
Kelsey's opens
its first restaurant in Ontario
Casey's opens its doors in Sudbury
The first East Side Mario's was opened
Milestones opens on
Denman Street in Vancouver, BC
Montana's opens in Ontario
The first Prime Pub opens
CARA acquires Spectra Group (Milestones)
The first Bier Markt opens on the Esplanade in downtown Toronto
CARA acquires Kelsey's Restaurants (Kelsey's & Montana's)
CARA merges with Prime Restaurants
(Casey's, East Side Mario's, Bier Markt, Prime Pubs)
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