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Benny & Co.

Rotisserie Chicken Since 1960

A Québec Family Story

The Story of our 65 Branches

1820

THE PIONEERS

1820

James and Robert Benny, originally from Scotland, arrive in Québec.

1940

AVICULTURE

1940

The eight brothers, sons of William Benny, get into the aviculture business in the Lanaudière region. Throughout the ‘40s and ‘50s, they operate a hatchery, mill, several poultry houses and a slaughterhouse.

1959

CREATING THE OVEN

1959

Gilles Benny, the youngest of the eight brothers, builds an oven to cook the chicken and develops an exclusive three-hour slow roasting technique.

1960

FIRST OPENING

1960

The eight Benny brothers and brother-in-law’s open their first rotisserie restaurant in Joliette.

1960/70

RESTAURANT BUSINESS

1960/70

The eight brothers focus on their restaurant business by opening 13 more locations under different banners in major towns and cities of Québec.

1980/90

THE NEXT GENERATION

1980/90

Members of the second generation take over the restaurants, increasing the number of locations across Québec to over 40.

2006

BENNY & CO.

2006

Jean Benny develops the Benny & Co. brand along with a new fast casual restaurant concept, meaning quick service dining in a casual atmosphere.

2009

TRANSITION

2009

Starting in 2009, many family members and owners transition to the brand by joining the new Benny & Co. banner.

2011

NAMED “BEST CHICKEN”

2011

In a blind taste test by Radio-Canada program L’épicerie, Benny & Co. is named “best chicken” among the products in the running.

2013

BENNY & CO. FOUNDATION

2013

In June 2013, Benny & Co. launches a foundation with the mission of contributing to the well-being and development of children with special needs and their families and to provide them with opportunities for positive experiences.

2015

FOOD TRUCK

2015

In 2015, the third generation of master roasters finally achieves Gilles Benny’s big dream: The Benny & Co. food truck. Wanting to reach more people and share their expertise in areas where it isn’t possible to open a Benny & Co. restaurant, the young members of the family run with the idea of designing and operating a food truck equipped with a full kitchen to hit the streets and appear at corporate and private events and festivals in different regions of Québec.

2016

EXPANSION

2016

The number of Benny & Co. restaurants only grows, spreading to new towns and cities across Québec. Many members of the third generation are actively involved in keeping the family business going.

2018

ONTARIO

2018

On the strength of its 50 locations in Québec, the Benny & Co. restaurant chain sets its sights on the rest of Canada and continues its expansion by opening three new restaurants in the greater Ottawa area, more specifically in Stittsville, Orléans and Nepean. The Stittsville location is the first to open its doors, in December 2018. Several representatives from the Québec family business and Ottawa municipal councillors attend the event.