The spark that became a sun

Who would have known that a modest, 29-seat diner simply called Chez Cora would, a quarter century later, grow to delight over 250 000 guests weekly.

1987

Our founder, Mme Cora, buys a small diner in Montreal’s Saint-Laurent district. Thanks to her creativity, her passion for food and devotion to her valued customers, Cora creates an innovative concept for the time: breakfast gastronomy.

1990

Opening of a second, then third restaurant. These new locations quickly became a success and 5 other Cora Breakfast and Lunch restaurants are established.

1992

Cora and her children operate 9 Cora Breakfast and Lunch restaurants in Quebec.

1994

The “breakfast queen” decides to commercialize her well-established concept, and the first Cora Breakfast and Lunch franchise opens its doors in Pointe-Claire, Quebec.

1995

Casseroles Cora, a private distribution centre for Cora brand products and other food items, is set up.

2000

Franchises open their doors in Ontario.

2002-2006

Franchises emerge in the Maritimes and Manitoba, followed shortly by Alberta and Newfoundland.

2008

The founder transfers the reins to the company to her son, Nicholas Tsouflidis.

2009

Opening of the 100th Cora breakfast and lunch restaurant.

2011-2012

British Columbia establishes its first franchise. It is then Saskatchewan’s turn to welcome Cora Breakfast and Lunch restaurants.

2016

The take-out menu is introduced, allowing customers to enjoy breakfast on the go.

2017

Celebrating 30 years as a breakfast leader, Cora Breakfast and Lunch continues to innovate and develop strategic partnerships to advance the company’s growth.

2018

Cora offers food delivery through a third-party service provider.

2019

Cora breakfast is now served in the sky! The Canadian airline WestJet offers Cora breakfasts in its Premium cabin on morning flights.

2021

Launch of a new transactional platform that allows customers to place online orders.

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