Mandarin Restaurant

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Mandarin Restaurant
Industry Restaurants
Founded 1979
Headquarters Brampton, Ontario, Canada, Canada
Products Food and Drink

Mandarin Restaurant Franchise Corporation is a chain of all-you-can-eat Chinese-Canadian buffets in Ontario, Canada. Mandarin Restaurant was founded in 1979 by James Chiu, George Chiu, Diana Chiu and K.C. Chang. The first restaurant was a small à-la-carte restaurant in Brampton, Ontario. The buffet concept was introduced in 1987 with the opening of the first franchise location in Mississauga. All items are prepared fresh daily and include soups, salads, hot foods, grilled items, sushi, dessert and an ice cream sundae and frozen yogurt bar. Today, there are over 20 locations in Ontario, each serving over 150 items on the buffet. Each restaurant also offers an à-la-carte menu, take-out and delivery.

35th Anniversary[edit]

In celebration of their 35th anniversary in 2014, Mandarin held a year-long “Passport to Japan” contest where they gave away 35 trips for 2 to Japan. Also, as part of their milestone 35th anniversary, on July 1, 2014, Mandarin invited all Canadian citizens to a free buffet meal at any of their locations. Over 30,000 Canadians enjoyed a free buffet meal on this day.[1][2][3]


Mandarin has been honoured numerous times since it first opened. The company has won many consumer choice awards, including the Toronto Sun Readers’ Choice Award for the best Chinese restaurant for 20 consecutive years. Mandarin has also been recognized by the business world, receiving such awards as the Brampton Outstanding Business Achievement Award and the Ontario Chamber of Commerce Outstanding Business Achievement Award. In 2004, Foodservice and Hospitality magazine named the franchise as Company of the Year.[4]

Community Involvement[edit]

Over the years, Mandarin donated to various health care organizations and charitable groups[5] in the community. In addition to supporting several important charitable and educational programs,[6] in 2013, Mandarin became a major partner of the Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Society. As a result, the MS Walk was renamed as the Mandarin MS Walk across Ontario. Also in 2013, Mandarin became a major sponsor of the Giant Pandas at the Toronto Zoo. In addition to sponsoring this 5-year exhibit, the first-ever Mandarin Express kiosk was opened, offering selected Mandarin dishes served quickly and conveniently to zoo guests.


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