The wait is over Ontario: The WORKS Gourmet Burger Bistro is coming to a neighbourhood near you

-- Wildly popular full service gourmet burger bistro to launch multiple new locations across Ontario in 2011 --

TORONTO, April 5 /CNW/ - The WORKS Gourmet Burger Bistro (www.theworksburger.com), Ottawa's original and award-winning gourmet burger bistro since 2001, is expanding across Ontario with multiple new urban factory bistros set to open this year.  Lucky guests in London, Kingston, Guelph, Oakville, and Barrhaven (Ottawa) will be able to indulge in their very own WORKS burger this spring and summer, with the rest of the province waiting impatiently for the remaining locations slated to open by year's end.  Each neighbourhood WORKS Burger Bistro features 68 varieties of gourmet burgers along with their signature fresh cut fries, famed Tower-O-Rings, ice cold beer and more than 50 flavours of the creamiest, hand-made classic shakes on the planet.

"The WORKS is bringing its thunderbichin' gourmet burgers to new neighbourhoods across Ontario," says Andy O'Brien, Chief Burgerhead of The WORKS.  "We're proud to offer our fabulous guests, both new and old, the ultimate gourmet burger experience in one of our new urban factory bistros," he added.

The demand for WORKS franchises has been extremely strong, with more than a hundred applications received from interested franchisees.  The WORKS is seeking community partners that are the best possible fit for the brand and are committed and involved in the neighbourhoods they serve.

"As excitement builds and the bistro family continues to grow, The WORKS is keen to find the very best Brand Ambassadors and we continue to review applications for Canadian-based partners," says O'Brien.

Become a Burgerhead
The WORKS has created 68 tried-and-true gourmet burgers to choose from, with seven different patty options. Beef not your thing? The WORKS has many vegetarian options. Dig into the Malibu Meltdown and go into cheese-overload with crunchy onion rings, signature Beechhouse Dipstick sauce, havarti, gouda and brie.  Fan the flames with The Kamikaze, featuring jalapeno, chipotle and banana peppers, cheddar cheese and house-made Hotter Than Hell Dipstick sauce.  Don't be afraid to get a little nutty with SK8R Boy, featuring peanut butter, jack cheese and strip bacon.  Still can't decide?  Order up the best-selling Smokey Mountain, with smokey barbeque sauce, jack cheese and bacon strips - an overall best seller with more than 115,000 burgers sold.  The perfect bistro for burger lovers, The WORKS aims to fulfill your burger cravings, the way you like it.

Burgers are the main event, but who can ignore the mouth-watering starters like The WORKS Ex-Montrealer poutine, made with fresh local cheese curds, signature house gravy and real Montreal smoked meat. Opt for the crowd-pleasing Poutini Martini featuring chunks of crispy onion rings swimming in squeaky cheese and signature gravy.  Don't miss out on the award-winning Tower-O-Rings - giant, breaded, hot and crispy onion rings piled high with a choice of two of 12 signature house-made Dipstick sauces- the perfect start to a gourmet experience.  Still hungry?  Be daring and try one of the 'Dare Ya desserts' like One of Those, a homemade chocolate chip banana bread with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, fresh cut bananas, drizzled with a truckload of gooey caramel and chocolate.  Start to finish, The WORKS menu has something to suit every craving.

Urban Factory Bistro 
Each WORKS neighbourhood burger bistro has an urban, industrial feel plastered with tipsy bricks, boiler room detailing and roadside knickknacks embedded throughout the walls.  Guests tap their toes to the sounds of classic blues and rock while digging into their favourite WORKS fare.  Nothing in this bistro is ordinary; quirky features like light bulb-shaped salt and pepper shakers, or hand branded tables, add to the funky, factory atmosphere.  Fun and hospitality are important cornerstones of every WORKS bistro and more often than not, staff - known as The Crew - enjoy themselves as much as the guests.  With wacky nicknames like More Cowbell, Head Lettuce, Kamikaze and Top Bun, The WORKS Crew is committed to the brand's unique approach and the premium burger experience.

Hand-pressed and 100 per cent Canadian
Made from 100 per cent extra lean Canadian beef sourced from local producers, The WORKS' classic beef patties are fresh, never frozen, and hand pressed in-house daily.  Once on the grill, these precious patties are seared to perfection and cooked to exact specifications for 20 minutes without pushing, prodding or pinching.  Just like a steak, WORKS patties can be ordered to one's desire.  Guests can choose a classic gourmet beef patty, organic beef or domestic elk, or opt for their choice of whole grilled chicken breast, turkey patty, veggie patty or Portobello mushroom cap. The WORKS offers 100 per cent Canadian crispy, golden fresh cut fries and thick, creamy classic shakes, sourced from local farms and dairies.  Frosty Canadian domestic and microbrews are available on tap and are the perfect pairing to more than four million burger combinations.

About The WORKS Gourmet Burger Bistro
Open since 2001, the wildly popular full-service neighbourhood bistro is known for its 68 different fresh gourmet burgers, fresh cut fries, cool classic shakes and ice cold beer - 100 per cent Canadian.  The WORKS offers the ultimate fresh gourmet burger experience in your neighbourhood.  For more information on The WORKS in your local community visit www.worksburger.com, find it on Facebook www.facebook.com/worksburger and get daily updates by following @WORKSBURGER on Twitter.

SOURCE The Works Gourmet Burger Bistro

For further information:

visuals or to arrange an interview with The WORKS Chief Burgerhead, CEO, Andy O'Brien, please contact Susan Willemsen, Savi Pannu or Daliah Hijazi at The Siren Group Inc. Tel: (416) 461-5270. Fax: (416) 778-9047. Email: info@thesirengroup.com  Online: www.thesirengroup.com or on Twitter:  @thesirengroup.

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