Hamilton’s newest vegan fast-food joint is serving up 99 cent burgers for its grand opening


Published November 29, 2021 at 3:11 pm

Odd Burger (formerly Globally Local) is officially holding its grand opening in Hamilton this Saturday (Dec. 4). (Odd Burger press photo)

After revolutionizing the way people view vegan cuisine in Western Ontario, Odd Burger (formerly Globally Local) is officially holding its grand opening in Hamilton this Saturday (Dec. 4).

The fast-food establishment is cutting the ribbon at noon before selling its Kids Burger for under a dollar until 4 p.m. Also, the first 50 people to enter the restaurant will receive a free tote bag.

Odd Burger says 50 per cent of its sales on Saturday will go towards the Animal Save Movement charity.

“Our social media support from The Hammer is off the charts, and our food truck has always been a huge hit in the area, so we think this location will be enormously successful,” said James McInnes, Odd Burger co-founder and CEO. “With our first brick-and-mortar location here, everyone in town will now have access to guilt-free fast food.”

The 1,063 square-foot space is located at 920 Upper Wentworth St, across from CF Lime Ridge Mall. It held a soft opening in late-October.

Odd Burger is known for bucking stereotypes surrounding vegan food. Its stores contain manual ordering screens and its menu items are similar to what you would find at any popular fast-food restaurant — except it’s all vegan.

‎Odd Burger locations operate with what they call “compact smart kitchens” for streamlined easy takeout and delivery. Their restaurant design uses modern on-demand cooking technology for a “consistent food experience, quick service, low costs, and simplified employee training.,” according to the company.

Odd Burger says it manufactures 30 plant-based products used exclusively by its restaurant chain, allowing the company to keep costs down while having complete control over product innovation.

Popular menu items include Crispy ChickUn and the Famous Burger. You can even order breakfast and a hot fudge sundae.

The vegan fast-food operation opened its first location in London in 2016 and currently has five locations with 15 additional locations planned for the next year. Odd Burger recently initiated its west coast expansion through a franchise in Calgary, Alberta and is beginning its U.S. expansion by seeking a location in Manhattan.

Odd Burger Corporation says it is the first vegan fast-food chain to go public. Based in Toronto, the company is traded on the TSX Venture Exchange under the symbol ODD, and on the U.S. OTC exchange under the ticker GBLYF.

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