Symposium Cafe Restaurant & Lounge

Let's Talk Success! 2017 and 2018 FRANCHISE OF THE YEAR GRAND PRIZE AWARD WINNER! Symposium Cafe Restaurant & Lounge offers6 to 10 Prime Ontario locations for 2018 and 2019 to add to 29 existing franchise locations. Symposium fills the expanding upscale-casual niche and offers: Full service breakfast, lunch, dinner & late night meals with a varied, extensive menu, full bar, classic dessert selection, and the popular Symposium 7 Day Features which have been guest favourites since 1996.

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Canada: 29
Corporate Units :
Canada: 1
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Training – up to 3 persons for three months
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About Us

Established in 1996 and 100% Canadian, Symposium Cafe Restaurant & Lounge is committed to redefining the cafe experience by offering the best in casual, upscale dining. Our Symposium team provides great value with friendly, guest-focused service – perfect for a casual dining experience or a special occasion celebration. We’re gratified to hear that Symposium enthusiasts consider Symposium their “hidden gem” and go-to neighbourhood dining destination.

With over 29 locations across Ontario, Symposium has something for everyone. Whether it’s one of our 7 Day Specials – from Monday’s “Burger & Beer” to Sunday’s “Owner’s Cellar Wines”- or other great value options such as Early Bird offerings or Featured Caesar & Mimosa Cocktails; we provide dining options that appeal to all tastes and every budget.

At Symposium, we believe in “giving back” and supporting our local communities and charities. We are a proud supporter of Breakfast Club Canada, The Breast Cancer Society of Canada, and World Vision. Along with a $portion of our 7 Day Specials and our Annual Golf Tournament, over the last 10 years Symposium has donated over $540,000 and over 9000 hours from staff, management, and franchisees to charity. A big THANK YOU to them all! Together, we will continue to make a positive difference in our Symposium communities.

Like us on Facebook, tag your favourite menu pics #symposiumcafe, and post your memorable Symposium moments. We’re glad you’re here. Thanks & Cheers! #symposiumcafe

Join the Symposium Award Winning Team

The Symposium Brand was established in 1996

  • Number of Franchises – 29
  • Initial Franchise fee- $50,000 (not included in the purchase price)
  • Royalties – 5 %
  • Advertising – 2 %
  • Estimated total capital cost - $665,000 to $730,000 (turn key)
  • Store opening monies needed $85,000 to $130,000
  • Cash or liquid assets required - $300,000 to $375,000
  • Average size of restaurant/lounge – 95 seats indoors and 40 seats on the patio – 3100 sq. feet
  • Training – up to 3 persons for three months.

On Going Support

  • 10 weeks store opening – transition Tutor – full time in your restaurant
  • Regular support from the Operation Team
  • Franchise of the Year CFA Award - 2017 and 2018
  • 8 consecutive years awarded as Leaders in the Casual Dining Category
  • A ”warm and inviting atmosphere” serving delicious menu offerings with superior customer attention
  • We are the “go – to” destination for up-scale, casual dining in your neighbourhood

Prime Locations Now Available in Ontario Call 416.449.3611

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