When you walk into Poutine Hut, it feels like you walked into a franchise, and that’s what the owners intended. Steve and Peter Economou, father and son restaurateurs, started Poutine Hut with the goal of opening more locations. Their original location opened on Murphy Road on February 1, 2016. “We created the concept from scratch and hope to have more locations in the next couple of years. We are going to sell franchises,” says Peter, the Executive Chef. All of the branding for the location was thought out with franchising in mind.
Steve has owned and operated several restaurants in the past. He opened his original restaurant, Gateway Steakhouse, in 1974 in Point Edward. He sold that property to the Village of Point Edward in 1992. He owned the Chipican Restaurant from 1984 until 2004. When he sold the Chipican, he started the Open Grill Steakhouse, which is still operating today. “My parents retired in March of 2015 after 40 years in the business,” Peter explains. Working alongside his parents, Peter has been involved in the restaurant industry since he was nine years old. “I washed dishes and bussed tables at first and then moved into the kitchen,” Peter says. Later he worked at the Holiday Inn under Chef Phil Washington. “When we decided to open the Open Grill, I jumped at the chance to run the kitchen.”