Pacini Restaurants moving beyond Quebec with expansion in Canada and U.S.

MONTREAL — Quebec-based Pacini Restaurants Inc. is aiming to pierce the U.S. market and expand across Canada as it prepares to open more than 200 locations across North America within the next decade.

The privately owned Italian-style chain is looking to partner with hotel chains that it hopes will become franchisees.

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President Nathalie Lehoux says the company is looking to take advantage of hotels seeking to open restaurants that will attract a large clientele beyond just hotel guests.

By fall, Pacini will have 30 restaurants open in Canada, with 25 in Quebec.

It's in the process of opening its first Ontario location in Mississauga at a Marriott Hotel and will soon have three in Alberta.

Lehoux says it hopes to have at least two locations in every province but wouldn't say how many it expects to have in the U.S.

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