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JOEY Restaurant Group Named One of the Best Workplaces for Women in 2017

March 8, 2017

 Karen and Monika

JOEY Restaurant Group is proud to announce that our organization has been named to the 2017 BEST WORKPLACES FOR WOMEN. 

JOEY Restaurant Group received this honour after a thorough and independent analysis conducted by Great Place to Work® Canada, which included the following considerations of the organizations surveyed:


Minimum 50 women employees in the organization

Minimum 90% positive response to the statement “I am treated fairly regardless of my gender”

For eligibility, surveyed organizations provided male/female breakdown by job level (non-management., middle management and senior management)

 At JOEY, 52% of women are in management positions with women playing a leading role in all aspects of our business.

Some of these individuals include:

  • Bar: Carlyn Gill, Manager of Bar Training

  • Construction: Oriana Vanderboon, Project Manager

  • Culinary: Kathleen Good, Night Sous Chef

  • Design: Meghan Pitt, Senior Project Designer

  • Human Resources: Georgina Boyne, Manager of Human Resources

  • Information Technology: Elysia Douillard, Retail Systems Analyst

  • Marketing: Britt Innes, VP of Marketing

  • Operations: Leah Whitworth, Regional Manager

  • Payroll: Ivana Mitrasinovic, Manager of Payroll

  • Procurement: Caroline Smart, Director of Procurement and Supply Chain

  • Recruitment: Kelsey Bleakney, Manager of Recruitment and Employment Brand

  • Senior Executive Team: Kathryn Angus, CFO

  • Training and Development: Kathryn Oliver, Manager of Training and DevelopmentLeah2

“This is not only a day to recognize all the great women that make up our organization but an opportunity to illustrate the diverse careers you can have working for a progressive restaurant group,” said Leah Whitworth, Regional Manager for the Lower Mainland. “Many people have pre-conceived notions about restaurant “jobs” and what a career looks like. There’s a whole world of opportunity that exists depending on your interests and skill set. JOEY takes developing people seriously and your performance of sales, people and growth profit directly reflects returns in your pocket. The restaurant industry is a dynamic industry that is constantly evolving. Innovation, growth and the education of our people is critical and allows us to stay on the leading edge. There`s a reason we have a 13 year average management tenure, we invest in our people in every way possible.”

 “I can speak to that personally,” said Britt Innes, VP of Marketing. “I’ve been with company for 13 years. I started as a server, studying to earn my business degree at Simon Fraser University. I quickly realized I was learning more at JOEY as I moved up the ranks; formulating budgets, making sales plans, managing a team. Now, I’m the VP of Marketing. At JOEY, you forge your own path.”

 Kathleen Good HeadshotAs the night sous chef at JOEY Restaurant Group’s Calgary Chinook store, Kathleen Good performs multiple roles and wears multiple hats. She is responsible for ensuring that the 10-14 kitchen staff working under her are ready each night “to execute a flawless dinner service,” as she puts it.

 That is her immediate and daily challenge. Long-term, however, she’s responsible for ensuring that everyone under her grows and develops. “There’s no ceiling for anyone who wants to continue to develop and learn new things,” says Good. “The possibilities are limitless and I haven’t seen anything like it in any other organization where I’ve worked. If you’re driving your personal development, management will support you.”

 The list of Best Workplaces for Women is based on direct feedback from employees of the surveyed organizations, and Great Place To Work ® confirms that the survey data has a 90% confidence and a plus or minus 5% margin of error.

 Jeff Fuller, owner of JOEY Restaurant Group, is committed to making this a great place to work through encouraging growth and rewarding high performance.

JOEY Restaurants Opening at Historic Rideau Building

February 21, 2017

JOEY Rideau for blog

JOEY Restaurant Group announces next company-wide location will be the Rideau Centre, opening late spring of 2017. This will be a momentous site in the organization’s history, as it is a landmark site for not only Ottawa but JOEY will also celebrate their 25th anniversary with its opening.

“We were excited about this historic site and being part of downtown Ottawa. It was important that this location embodied the JOEY brand, but was also cohesive with the historic exterior elements of the building,” Meghan Pitt, Designer for JOEY Rideau, “We worked with the city to ensure our patio paid homage to the city’s history while also being unique to us.”

As such interior architectural elements throughout will align with the building’s history, while JOEY Rideau’s patio will emulate a traditional bistro seen on the old streets of Ottawa, complete with café style seating and string lights.

The open concept will include a cozy waiting area, dining room, lounge with central bar, and seating focused around a theatre kitchen. Building on offering world-class hospitality, a custom live edge tasting station near the entrance ensures there`s ample room for guests to wait. A sushi bar at the kitchen ledge and chef’s dining seating in front of the kitchen will offer a new way to be a part of the experience like never before.

The culinary team, led by Executive Chef Chris Mills, continuously explores new flavours, techniques and dishes. Whether the inspiration comes from just around the corner or a continent away Chef Mills believes in offering innovative dishes that are sure to surprise.

Paralleling the experiential, theatre kitchen will be a wine room, custom designed in collaboration with JOEY Sommelier Jason Yamasaki. 

“JOEY Rideau is the pinnacle of JOEY design today; cohesion meets individuality. We have really defined the JOEY brand aesthetic over the last few years and guests can expect to see that refined-industrial, yet timeless look we have become known for. There is a fine balance between the strong brand elements that define us while still incorporating new materials and architectural features unique to this location,” said Pitt.

This location is a true reflection of how far JOEY has come over the last 25 years and is a nod to what the future of JOEY will look like.

Wishing you a wonderful holiday season!

December 24, 2016

Happy Holiday

Thank you to everyone who entered our seven days of giveaways.

We had a lot of fun sharing tips and hearing all your thoughtful stories and answers.

Wishing you all a very wonderful holiday season!



December 23, 2016


A Private Event Experience

Jeff Fuller, Owner and CEO of JOEY Restaurants


It’s the season of celebrations. Whether you’re busy traveling to company parties and family dinners or are playing the ultimate host at your own event – this time of year can be hectic. That’s why we want to treat you to a carefree event of your own in 2017, because let’s admit it – you deserve it! All you need to do is pick the day. Stress free for you, and impressive for your guests. Our grand prize (valued at $2,000) is:


event pic 1 A Private Event at JOEY for 10:

Do you have a special anniversary, birthday party or engagement you want to celebrate in 2017? We want to help. Our private event spaces offer an inviting ambiance with warm accents. This prize consists of a private booking at JOEY for 10 guests including a champagne toast, a four course dinner with award-winning wine pairings and a signature handcrafted cocktail station. All you need to do is let us know the location you wish to join us at and the day you want to celebrate and we will do the rest! Our event teams are ready to create the perfect experience for you.

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To enter: Follow @JOEYRestaurants on Instagram. In the comment section for today’s Instagram Private Event Giveaway tell us what event you want to celebrate and who you want to celebrate with. Contest closes at 9:30am PST on December 24, 2016. Winner will be selected at random and announced on the Instagram Private Event Giveaway post at 10:00am PST on December 24, 2016. 


Up Your Party Game This Season!

December 22, 2016

ChaffeAs the Events Development Manager for JOEY Restaurants I plan a lot of parties! Jeff Fuller, the owner of JOEY, and I like to ensure all guests celebrating feel special, whether they are hosting a party in one of our private event spaces or we are hosting a launch party for a new location. It’s easy to make guests feel special when you have a dedicated hospitality team behind you, but how do you accomplish that same experience at home? Home get-togethers are a great way to get all your friends together over the holiday season but between preparing food and mixing drinks for your guests, how are you going to have any fun of your own? Here are some tips to help make your party a big success.

- Elysse Chaffe, JOEY Events Development Manager

JOEY Burnaby Events


1. The Party Starts When Your Guests Walk In

Greeting your guests at the door with a beverage will make them feel as if they are attending a polished affair.  The best part is that it’s much easier than the alternative of inviting them to sit down and asking them what they would like.  Having pre-poured beverages will allow your guests to get right to mingling and give you some extra time to put your feet up.  Prosecco or champagne are general crowd pleasers and tend to work best — they take only a few seconds to pour and will look great on a silver platter while waiting for more guests to arrive. Create a little station near the entrance so you have everything you need at the door and don’t need to run back and forth to the kitchen.


2. Prepare a Coat and Shoe Area

Often overlooked, your guests will be fighting the rain and snow on their way over to your place and will likely have some extra weather protection such as big boots, umbrellas and big wet coats. Ensuring you have a well setup coat area will help elevate bottle necking at the doorway and ensure your home stays tidy.

3. Serve Both Hot and Cold

Great hors d’oeuvre will keep your guests delighted and snacking all evening, but if you go for dishes to elaborate you will be spending most of the evening cooking and serving meals. Mixing in some timeless cold canapés will give you more time to focus on the more tricky dishes, and then more time to catch up with your guests.

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4. Create Stations

The last thing you want at a party is people crowding around the kitchen or doorway waiting for food or drinks to come. It creates clutter for you trying to host and changes the dynamics of the party completely. Before you send out your invites take a look at your space. Think about where a drink station and a canape station could work. Disperse them around the space. This will create areas for people to flow to and from and ensure that people mingle and hang out in the main area of your party. A good tip is to look for corners or edges around your main mingling space.


5. Make Your Stations Interactive

I love to make my stations interactive. This helps in entertaining your guests. Think about it, you can’t talk to everyone all at once so by creating some playful elements at the party guests will feel like they are truly being hosted and the pressure will be taken off you! When I say interactive, think touch, taste, smell and sight.

JOEY Burrard's station

In our business we always like to remember people eat (and drink) with their eyes as much as they do with their palate. By creating stations where people can build their own drinks or canapes there is an element of playfulness and you won’t have to be crafting drinks all night! A great station for this is mimosas. You can leave the bubbles out and have crafts of different fresh juices for people to make their own. When building stations we like to incorporate the theme of the party or ingredients that go into the dishes or drinks. For instance, if you were serving mimosas at a holiday party, you could incorporate some pine tree branches along the table or showcase fresh pressed juice by having fresh oranges out, some partially cut to create fragrance. You also want to create levels so your station looks dynamic and can be seen from across the room.

Prosecco station 2Prosecco station

These stations also make for great photo opps for your guests!

That’s it! It’s as easy as that. If you incorporate these five tips into your next event I promise you, you will have more time to enjoy your guests’ company! Happy celebrating, everyone!




Happy Hour for All

Al Jessa, JOEY Restaurants President


This time of year it’s easy to get caught up on wrap reports, final projects and ensuring you are set up to take some holiday time. It’s important to remember the people who are beside you throughout the year making your success possible; your colleagues. Corporate culture is dear to my heart. At JOEY we encourage our teams to take time out to enjoy themselves and celebrate their accomplishments whether it’s a brewery tour, a cooking class or a competitive game of flag football. Remember it’s important to have a few laughs and recap your accomplishments with your team and so this Team Building Prize Pack (valued at $380) includes:


FEED apronFEED Denim Apron

I picked this apron for a couple reasons; it’s important to support the people in our organization and the communities we operate in.

When I saw this apron I was reminded of my own story as a restauranteur. I began working for the Fuller family in 1991 as a dishwasher. In 1996, I became the Executive Chef of JOEY with a CCC designation (Certified Chef de Cuisine). Now, I am honoured to be the president. People development is important to me. I want to provide our people with every opportunity to grow and be successful. Our apprenticeship programs, university partnerships and the JEIT are part of this and foster an entrepreneurial spirit in our people, while rewarding them for their efforts.

Secondly, the proceeds from each FEED apron purchased goes to feed 14 meals for children and families in America. Now that is something I can get behind. In 2009, we created the Cup of Care program, which to date has served over 15 thousand cups of soup to shelters in each of our communities. Last summer, we expanded the program with a new initiative called Scoop of Care. For the month of August, $1 from each scoop of our Spun Daily Ice Cream was donated to local charities and causes chosen by JOEY employees.

Two Copies of Jack: Straight from the Gut (one for you and one for your work colleague) Jack Welch

At JOEY, we have a saying, “Don`t be afraid of the unachievable, this is what will drive your vision forward.” We put this into practice every day by imagining ourselves a year from now and write about everything we have accomplished. Make these goals big and you will be surprised at what you turn into a reality.
That’s why I am including this New York Times bestseller as part of my giveaway. This book inspired me so much I ensured everyone at head office received a copy. In his autobiography Jack Welch recounts how he defied conventional wisdom and turned an aging behemoth of a corporation into a lean, mean engine of growth and corporate innovation. From his working-class childhood to his early days in G.E. Plastics to his life at the top of the world’s most successful company, Welch tells his intensely personal story with his well-known fire and candor. And although it chronicles billion-dollar deals and high-stakes corporate standoffs, Jack is ultimately a story about people-from a man who based his career on demanding only the best from others and from himself.


gc pic for SHHH with ColleaugesSuper Happy Happy Hour for you and your colleagues

As I mentioned, time to celebrate with your coworkers is so important. I am including a $300 JOEY gift card so you can celebrate this year’s success with your team. From 3-6pm every day, including weekends, you can enjoy $4 drinks and $3.5 appetizers. As part of the Super Happy Happy Hour guests can enjoy the JOEY classics like Super Sonics and Sushi Cones or try something new like our Hawaiian Tuna Tacos. Super Happy Happy Hour also continues from 9pm-close Sunday-Thursday giving you ample opportunity to celebrate with your colleagues.


To enter: Follow @JOEYRestaurants on Instagram. In the comment section for today’s Instagram Team Building Prize Pack tag your work family and share your favourite accomplishment of the year. Contest closes at 9:30am PST on December 23, 2016. Winner will be selected at random and announced on the Instagram Team Building Prize Pack post at 10:00am PST on December 23, 2016.