Smoke's Poutinerie Bursts through U.S. Border Again; GLOBAL DOMINATION! Tour Moves into Ann Arbor, Michigan

Canadiana Powerhouse of Poutine Sends Gravy Train Blazing into Ann Arbor

June 21, 2017 // Franchising.com // ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Smoke’s Poutinerie, the “World’s Largest and Original Poutinerie,” announced today that the GRAVY TRAIN is rumbling once again right across the U.S border. On a crash course for greatness in one of America’s most revered college towns, Smoke’s Poutinerie has unveiled an experience unlike any ever before it in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

The brand that beckons all that is WEIRD, WILD and WACKY has opened in the Beaver Trap at 1300 S University Ave. – footsteps from the University of Michigan and student housing both on and off campus. Inserting Smoke’s Poutinerie into an environment with a full bar that features 40 beer taps and a raging scene of crazed college co-eds represents a cataclysmic Canadiana combo!

“FIRE IT UP Ann Arbor! Our Rock ‘N Roll Stage Show is making a permanent stop and we’re ready to deliver Fries, Cheese Curd, Gravy and pure ENTERTAINMENT!,” said Ryan Smolkin, founder and CEO (Chief Entertainment Officer) of Smoke’s Poutinerie and the brand’s creative genius. “NOWHERE ELSE on and around campus does it like we do. It’s a FULL sensory overload anytime and ALL the time! Even in the land of blue and maize the #PlaidNation will rise in Ann Arbor!”

In addition to the glory of gastronomy taking place inside the Beaver Trap, Smoke’s Poutinerie is making it absolutely as easy as possible to indulge in the brand’s monstrous menu options. A walk-up, street-side take-out window is serving up poutine at all hours – just stroll up and Smoke’s Poutinerie will push out the goods in matter a seconds. In fact, Ann Arbor’s Smoke’s Poutinerie can pump out a STRAIGHT CRAZY 200 poutine orders in an hour!

Plus, the outdoor patio is the perfect spot for late night college crowds, providing an open-air outlet for all to soak up and satisfy their Smoke’s Poutinerie fix.

Leading the brand in Ann Arbor is a seasoned team of entrepreneurs. The group, which includes Craig Comer, Hilaire Tolsma, Toine Murphy and Joel Northam, has signed a deal to open eight additional locations in the region as part of the Smoke’s Poutinerie GLOBAL DOMINATION! strategy and massive U.S. growth phase. Each of the Midwest U.S. locations is planned to open near the largest colleges and universities throughout the state of Michigan, in Columbus, Ohio, and throughout Indiana. Big Ten campus tailgate parties will never be the same…fraternity and sorority events will now be smothered in gravy…and munchie mayhem will ensue!

“This is the wildest brand expansion the state of Michigan has ever seen,” said Toine Murphy, a Detroit native. “We’ve been waiting years for this moment, for Smoke’s Poutinerie to make its home in Michigan. We’re ready to FIRE IT UP with our first Midwest location, blending U of M culture with the awesome brand flavor of Smoke’s Poutinerie. Ann Arbor won’t know what hit it!”

All four of the business leaders spearheading the Midwest expansion have significant franchise experience. Business partners Comer and Tolsma have overseen more than 200 franchise businesses throughout the nation. In opening Smoke’s Poutinerie locations, the dynamic duo has teamed up with friend and associate Murphy, who brings his extensive public relations background and community connections to the team; and with Northam, who also is an experienced multi-unit franchisee with 20 years experience in the food industry.

Huge crowds – dubbed the Smoke’s Poutinerie #PlaidNation – have welcomed Smoke’s Poutinerie as it continues to expand within Canada and across the United States. Known for its extraordinary poutine, Canadiana 80’s glam rock vibe, lumberjack plaid, and entertaining in-store experiences, the brand is led by Smoke, The MAN, The MYTH, The LEGEND – a gastronomical genius who channels his passion for poutine to guide all locations to GLOBAL DOMINATION! Under Smoke’s guidance, Smoke’s Poutinerie has taken off in the last six years, with franchise locations and non-traditional operations coast to coast in Canada and the United States.

With 150-plus locations already driving the momentum in North America, Smoke’s Poutinerie is ready to make its mark in Ann Arbor.

Smoke’s Poutinerie offers thirty varieties of poutine, from Chicken Bacon Ranch, which features grilled chicken, double-smoked bacon and creamy ranch dressing, to the Bacon Cheeseburger, a classic combination of double-smoked bacon, prime ground beef and cheese sauce, as well as multiple vegetarian options. The brand sources top-of-the-line ingredients, including its potatoes from fields in Idaho and cheese curds from producers in Wisconsin.

To learn more about Smoke’s Poutinerie, visit www.smokespoutinerie.com.

About Smoke’s Poutinerie

Founded in 2009 by creative genius Ryan Smolkin, Smoke’s Poutinerie is the World’s Largest and Original Poutinerie. Representing 80s Canadiana culture known for the signature lumberjack plaid and glam rock music, Smoke’s Poutinerie serves 30 varieties of its famous poutine. With 150-plus locations in Canada, and 50 more open and in development in the United States, the brand is on course for GLOBAL DOMINATION!”

For more information about available franchise opportunities, contact Mike Graham, Vice President of Franchise Development, at mike@smokespoutinerie.com or call (905) 427-4444, ext. 205.

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