Toronto’s Iconic Caplansky’s Deli is Expanding Nationally

Zane Caplansky has been running Caplansky’s Delicatessen, a house-smoked meat instituation in Toronto for locals and visitors alike, at his College and Bathurst area store for almost seven years.

He serves traditional homemade Jewish deli staples inspired by the recipes his mother and grandmother taught him when he was growing up.

But following years of success from his full-service deli, food truck, the Thunderin’ Thelma, and two airport shops, Caplansky is finally expanding his business nationally and planning to open a number of franchise locations across the country. That’s right, Vancouver, Caplansky’s could be headed your way.

The eatery will be opening its newest location in Yorkville this spring, with multiple stores set to open across Toronto and the GTA in the coming months.

Caplansky's Deli

A photo concept of the new location

The new Caplansky’s chain will be based on a model known as “fast-casual,” defined as a mix between a fast-food service and casual dining – perfect for millennials who want a quick, yet relaxed dining experience.

Diners can expect to find an array of Caplansky’s classic eats on the menu, including the deli’s popular house-smoked and hand-cut meat sandwiches, desserts, and the deli’s trademark jumbo pickles, which can all be enjoyed either in-house or ordered to-go.

It has yet to be announced what other provinces will be opening franchises this year. For those who have yet to try a Caplansky’s smoked meat sandwich, it can be compared to Schwartz’s variety from Montreal — only Caplansky uses his own line of mouthwatering mustards.

Title image courtesy of Andrea Corndonier of Habicurious.