Press Release:
New Online Restaurant Hub Serves Up Toronto Delivery and Takeout Options

Thursday, April 9th, 2020

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TORONTO (April 8, 2020) – In the continuous effort throughout Toronto to support the local economy, a new online restaurant hub has been created with a focus on delivery and takeout options for the city. Powered by Tourism Toronto, To Go Toronto makes it easier for residents to support local businesses while also respecting health guidelines and staying home.

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused restaurants across the city to close or shift to delivery and pickup models to remain viable businesses within communities. To Go Toronto builds on the tremendous work done by the culinary community to both adapt to this new reality and to inform the public about what’s open and what’s available. Rather than searching through multiple delivery apps, To Go Toronto gives locals an updated resource of culinary options and provides Toronto businesses another tool to help them manage through the crisis.

Restaurants are encouraged to visit ToGoToronto.com to register and showcase their delivery or takeout options. The site sorts options available by delivery, takeout, location and culinary type, along with a map of restaurants. It also hosts a resource centre for Toronto restaurants. There is no cost for restaurants to participate, and the process can be completed in minutes online. Restaurants needing resources or assistance can contact help@togotoronto.com.

In neighbourhoods all across the city, local restaurants showcase diverse international flavours, long-savoured recipes and new innovations. As the city’s economy weathers the COVID-19 storm, it will continue to be powered in part by the excellence of our restaurant community including owners, chefs, kitchen staff and servers, and the passionate support of local customers and ambassadors who consume and share Toronto’s culinary story.

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“Our city needs to come together during these challenging times and help protect and support the restaurants that make Toronto so unique and diverse. For restaurants that are able to say open, To Go Toronto is a great project that will allow them to continue to serve residents. I continue to encourage residents to stay home as much as possible, and now with To Go Toronto residents can keep dining local while enjoying a delicious meal at home.”
– John Tory, Mayor of Toronto

“Right now, the world and our communities are facing an increasing concern surrounding COVID-19, and our hearts go out to all those that have been impacted. During these unprecedented times, when Torontonians crave the familiarity and comfort of their daily routines, many restaurants remain open and look forward to serving them. A quality restaurant meal, regardless of where it’s enjoyed, nourishes the body and soul.

Public health officials confirm there is currently no evidence of COVID-19 being transmitted through food. Restaurants have also increased sanitization practices, ensuring their kitchens are healthy environments. We encourage Toronto to dine out, at home using delivery or take-out. Stay home, stay healthy, and most importantly stay positive!”
– Mohamad Fakih, Founder & CEO, Paramount Fine Foods

“Being able to offer takeaway and delivery services during these challenging times allows us to support our employees, while our in-restaurant operations are closed. We are not doing this to make a profit, but to ensure our employees are supported. We are very grateful to all of our patrons who have continued to support us by placing orders during their stay at home efforts. We look forward to being able to host them again soon, when it is safe to do so.”
– Nick Di Donato, President and CEO of Liberty Entertainment Group

“Our diverse restaurant community reflects the best of our destination, and the resilience they have shown over the past few weeks is nothing short of remarkable. We need to do all we can to preserve the vitality and diversity of our culinary scene. By coming together and supporting local businesses now, we can help ensure that when locals and visitors can dine-in again, and when visitors can start returning to our city, that our culinary scene remains a vibrant, central part of that experience.”
– Scott Beck, President and CEO, Tourism Toronto

MEDIA CONTACT:

Matt McNama
Corporate Communications Manager
Tourism Toronto
416-994-2258
mmcnama@torcvb.com