As a Western New Yorker, I’ve grown up going to Tim Hortons, and it’s a staple on long drives and early mornings.
I stopped by the original location, first opened in 1964, on a recent trip to Toronto.
The restaurant had clearly been updated since its opening nearly 60 years ago, but it had a photo of how it originally looked on the wall outside.
Outside the entrance, there was a large statue of co-founder and namesake of the chain, Tim Horton.
Horton, named one of the 100 best hockey players of all time by the NHL, continued his career while starting up the chain.
He died in a car accident in 1974 at age 44, only a decade after founding his namesake chain.
Being named after a hockey legend might be part of why Tim Hortons is beloved among Canadians.
I had several iced coffees from the chain during my trip, and a medium came out to a reasonable $1.99 in US dollars.
Everything about Tim Hortons screams “Canadian pride,” down to the maple leaf on the cup.
The store I visited had a section of Tim Hortons merchandise, like mugs and sweatshirts. The setup reminded me of Starbucks, which often has a similar product lineup.
The layout was similar to other Tim Hortons restaurants I’ve been in, with display cases for baked goods next to the register.
There’s also a selection of sandwiches, and I chose an Impossible Sausage sandwich with egg and cheese.
I’m not vegetarian, but I thought it was delicious and I’d happily order it again.
Off to the side of the counter, there were lockers to pick up mobile orders. I haven’t seen this system before, but it seems like a potentially smart way to handle order pickup.
Unlike most Tim Hortons restaurants, this location had a second level.
The second floor featured further dedications to the location’s history, including this plaque noting the opening date.
Tim Hortons remains popular under RBI, with over $1.5 billion in sales in its most recent financial quarter.
I’ll definitely remain a customer, even if infrequently.
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