|Headquarters||Brampton, Ontario, Canada|
Mandarin Restaurants is a chain of all-you-can-eat Chinese-Canadian buffets in Ontario, Canada. Mandarin Restaurants 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 their 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 bar. Today, there are 22 locations, each serving over 150 items on the buffet. Each restaurant also offers an à-la-carte menu, take-out and delivery. Mandarin has taken off due to their offering of several high-end items that one would have to pay a lot more for during the year. Around Christmas time there is lobster available and crab legs are available year round.
Canada Day event
On July 1, 2009, Mandarin had a day-long free buffet to any Canadian Citizen as part of their 30th anniversary celebration and to commemorate Canada Day. They had done so on several previous Canada Days as well. The requirement is that the patron must have proof of Canadian citizenship. As many as 30,000 spring rolls were served during the event in all locations. In addition, due to the high costs of offering free meals in one day, Chiu stated that this event would occur approximately once every five years.
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