An Iranian restaurant in Toronto’s Queen Street West area has transformed its business model into a Persian commissary and a spot for Middle-Eastern goods.
Due to the pandemic, Banu Toronto, located at 777 Queen St West, has now stocked up with takeout options for those on the go.
The restaurant will continue to offer delivery and takeout options too!
“The idea is to offer our customers a one-stop shopping and dining experience. Our customers let us know that they wanted to be able to purchase all the raw ingredients needed to cook everything on our menu and beyond; from sun dried sour limes to Persian pistachios and pomegranate molasses,” said Samira Mohyeddin, co-owner of Banu, in an email to Daily Hive.
“It has been thrilling to share these ingredients with our guests and to let them know all the ways they can utilize it in their own kitchens. We are also offering our own home made jams and pickled vegetables in the commissary. It is back to basics and we are really loving it.”
Banu will have a selection of in-house menu items readily available in an open-air, grab-and-go fridge, according to Banu.
“Banu has it covered with everything from smoked eggplant, stews, pressed yogurt, and vacuum-sealed marinated beef tenderloin, lamb, cornish hen, and chicken.”
This move aims to make it easier for downtown residents to get their hands on Middle Eastern goods.