21 Questions with Bryan Jackson, Owner, Starving Artist


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In this edition of 21 questions, we interview Bryan Jackson, the owner of Starving Artist. With 7 locations across the Greater Toronto Area (and growing!), Starving Artist prides itself on being a go-to destination for weekend brunch. Keep reading to learn more about Bryan…

Where were you born?
St. John’s, Newfoundland 

Where did you grow up?
Mount Pearl, Newfoundland 

Your first job?
Merchandiser for a dairy company calledCentral Dairies.

Biggest inspiration?
My Grandfather – growing up on stories about him and his enterprises.  

Top 3 ingredients in your pantry?
Life, mistakes, persistence.    

What do you make for a lazy supper?
A pizza run. 

Favourite vacation spot?
Telling people I’m out of town and can’t be reached by phone, but I’m really at home playing with the kids.

Favourite food city? 
Trick question!! Toronto!! you can find everything here… by far the most food choices. 

Favourite item on your menu?
Blueberries waffles with banana on top! Oh to the simple joys. 

What’s the last [Netflix/Television] show you binged?
The Office…. “that’s what she said!” Lol

Favourite Instagram account?


Go-to lunch spot in the area?
Little India on Queen Street.. wicked lunch buffet! 

Favourite restaurant to celebrate a special occasion?

Best coffee in the area…
I have to say Starving Artist.. I only drink our espresso. 

Toronto’s best-kept secret?
Dairy Freeze at St. Clair and Caledonia – open ’til 4 AM. Onion rings that are more like onion bracelets.  

What’s your favourite thing to do outside of work?
There is a place outside of work?! What is this magical place?!

Name 3 guests at your ideal dinner party?
Ad-RockMCA and Mike D. Those who know, know.  

3 things you’d tell a new restaurateur?
1. You can’t ask anyone to do something you wouldn’t do yourself.
2. Opening a restaurant is like having a baby.  The first couple of years it will keep you up at night…
3. Don’t take Yelp reviews personally.  

What would be your mediocre superpower?
Cracking eggs with my mind.  

What’s your favourite Sociavore feature?
Guest messaging

Who should we interview next?
Blood Brothers Brewing

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