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He adds that Gateway knows it can't be "all things to all
people," but it is aiming to be accessible and approachable to
as large an audience as possible. "We want to give everyone
a reason to join us for an exceptional dining experience and
have a reason to stick around afterwards," Talbot explains.
"So we're very conscientious about the fact that we need to
make ourselves accessible, dynamic, and intentional, which
means our guests feel comfortable and welcome."
With each restaurant, Gateway prides itself on not taking
a cookie-cutter approach. Each property has its own twist
on menus, a different footprint and uses various designers
to shape a tailored space for each market and property. "For
example, with each of our Match eateries, you're going to see
something different," Talbot says. "We're ensuring we're being innovative and constantly evolving with each property."
Gateway is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. Talbot
notes it's "been an exciting year" with its nine acquisitions
in Ontario and refreshes of many of its existing properties.
"Right now, we're at the boardroom table with all of our
partners and key players trying to come up with new offerings in our food and beverages portfolio," Talbot says. "We
currently have four really strong brands, so there's always
room to create a new offering."
He adds Gateway's collaborative culture not only keeps
innovation and creative juices flowing, but also generates
>> Gateway strives to ensure each of its properties has its own twist on the menu.
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