by Malcolm Jolley

'Kamikaze' Bruce Miller and 'Chief Burger Head' Andy O'Brien at The Works, Oakville

Andy O’Brien liked the burger so much he bought the company. The Works is rapidly expanding throughout Ontario, from its original locations in Ottawa. Like their restaurants, which stress locality, O’Brien and team do things differently from the way they select franchisees to how they train their staff and set up their casual, table-service restaurants: no bars, no TV’s, no reservations. After a burger lunch at The Works’ newest location in Oakville (I had a “Ring of Fire”, one of dozens of hand-formed burger combinations to choose from), I interviewed O’Brien for the video below as they prepare to open a Toronto location on the Danforth this spring.

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GFR videos are generously sponsored by a grant from Beau’s All Natural Brewing Company. Malcolm Jolley is a founding editor of Good Food Revolution and Executive Director of Good Food Media, the non-profit organization that publishes GFR. Photo: John Gundy.