Mary Brown's

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Not to be confused with Marrybrown.
Mary Brown's
Industry Casual dining
Fast Food
Founded 1969
Founder Patt Tarrant
Cyril Fleming
Headquarters Markham, Ontario (125 locations)
Key people
Gregory Roberts (CEO)
Number of employees
Over 1,100

Mary Brown's is a Canadian fast-food restaurant chain known for its Big Mary sandwich, chicken and 'taters' or potato wedges. Its process involves marinating chicken for up to 48 hours prior to cooking. The company has over 120 locations in Canada: 40 in Newfoundland and Labrador, 37 in Ontario, 32 in Alberta, 5 in British Columbia, 2 in Saskatchewan, 5 in Nova Scotia, 5 in New Brunswick, 1 in Prince Edward Island, and 1 in Manitoba. The company also operates one location in Istanbul, Turkey.[1] It advertises using the slogans Honest to Goodness and Famous chicken & taters!.

The CEO of Mary Brown's is Gregory Roberts, originally of Triton, Newfoundland and Labrador.


A Mary Brown's restaurant in Guelph, Ontario

In 1969, the first Mary Brown's restaurant opened [2] in St. John's, Newfoundland. During that first year it opened two more restaurants in Newfoundland under the Golden Skillet name. The name was later changed to Mary Brown's, in honour of the wife of the U.S. creator of the original fried chicken recipe.

From 1969 to 1978, Mary Brown's grew with fifteen more franchises being sold to independent operators in Newfoundland and Labrador, and one in Halifax. In 1972, the first 'Mary Brown's Fried Chicken'[3] restaurant was opened in Ontario in the Arena Plaza located near the corner of Dixie Road and Dundas Street in Mississauga. The first office for Canada was located above this first store. Since then, the company has grown to over 70 restaurants located in Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Ontario and Alberta. 'Mary Brown's Famous Chicken & Taters'[4] intends to open additional outlets in Ontario and Alberta. 75% of sales are takeout orders.[5]

In 2008 and 2009, twelve stores in Alberta and Ontario became 100% Halal.[6]


The head office of Mary Brown's Inc., franchiser of Mary Brown's, is located in Markham, Ontario with branch offices in St. John's, Newfoundland and Calgary, Alberta. Mary Brown's is a 100% Canadian-owned company and employs approximately 1,100 people across Canada in its various restaurants.[7]

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