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Box’d, Toronto’s First Fully Automated Restaurant Launches Mid-Pandemic. Will This Be The Future of Restaurants?

As a result of Covid-19’s social distancing restraints, the food industry has been forced to implement innovative efficiencies in their production and reopening which adhere to society’s current food safety fears.

Mohamed Fakih, owner of Paramount Fine Foods, opened Box’d, Toronto’s first fully automated restaurant adapting to the current changes that we are facing due to Covid-19.  “Being fully automated means Box’d can offer Canadians a new and exciting ‘smart’ way to experience eating out safely,” said Ahmed Daify , Box’d franchisee.

“Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, many Torontonians chose to cook their meals at home, but as the restrictions ease and more businesses open people are looking forward to eating out. We understand that people may still be a little wary of public places, so we have created a dining option that is fast, efficient, and safe,” Said Mohamad Fakih, owner of Box’d.

How it works:

You order your meal through their website, or using their in-house digital kiosk, and once it is ready, you pick it up from separated sanitized cubbies. When your order is ready, your name and cubby number will pop up on the screen indicating where to retrieve your meal. All one has to do is double tap their cubby and their meal will be sitting there, packed and ready to devour.

“The state-of-the-art technology used throughout Box’d will revolutionize and transform how consumers experience dining on-the-go and will help our guests feel safe…With one chef per meal, all meals are sealed and delivered to sanitized, individual cubbies which simplifies the process and keeps cleanliness and safety top of mind,” said Chef Tomer Markovitz.

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The Time is Now: Planning for Growth in the GTA

This year’s report is now available and  subtitled “The Time is Now” explores some of the most important market issues affecting our industry today.

Backed with hard data from TREB and our partners, flip page to page and discover groundbreaking research that addresses the increasing population across the GTHA and tackles the ongoing demand for housing.

A MUST-READ: TREB’s 2020 Market Year in Review & Outlook Report

Some of the exciting content and topics you can read about in this year’s report include:

Market Year in Review & Market Outlook:

2019 Year in Review – includes a review of TREB MLS® System statistics and TREB-commissioned Ipsos surveys of homeowners and recent buyers.

2020 Market Outlook – features a forecast of the year to come, including an outlook of sales, listings and home prices.

The Rental Market – understand rental market conditions and a sense of the rental market moving forward.

New Home and Residential Land Sectors – discover research from Altus Group that dives deep into new home sales and residential land sales.

The Commercial Market – uncover hard data on commercial property sales and commercial leasing that stretches from industrial, to office and retail spaces.

Policymakers on Solutions for Population Growth – hear from policymakers and their approach to managing population growth, including contributions from the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing Minister, City of Toronto Mayor John Tory, and several other GTA big city mayors and regional chairs.

Future of Transportation Infrastructure in the Greater Toronto Hamilton Area – research from the Canadian Centre for Economic Analysis that offers a review of current transportation challenges across the GTHA, as well as suggested solutions.

Transit-Supportive Development Along Bus Corridors – the Pembina Institute presents research on transit-supportive development and the interplay of housing diversity and ideas on increasing housing supply.

Future GTHA Economic Growth and Housing Affordability – research from Ryerson University’s Centre for Urban Research and Land Development that offers a perspective on the GTHA’s growing economy and housing affordability challenges.


This is TREB’s fifth annual Market Year in Review & Outlook Report, and each year it proves to be a resourceful tool that allows you to engage in discussions with colleagues and clients on pressing topics related to our industry.


Most of Canada’s housing market likely to be fertile ground for bidding wars in 2020

Looking for a home to buy in 2020? You may find lots of competition and not a lot to choose from.

Canadians hoping to buy a house in 2020 better brace themselves for limited choice and plenty of competition, the latest housing market data suggests.

While conditions remain ho-hum in the Prairies and Newfoundland and Labrador, in the rest of the country, there are plenty of buyers and not much for sale.

A lack of housing supply would be “the story” for 2020, the Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA) warned in its housing market forecast in mid-December.

The latest national statistics, released by CREA Jan. 15, seemed to confirm the trend. The number of existing homes available for purchases was at a 12-year low in December, the association said.

READ MORE: Canada’s home prices rise 9.6 in December compared to a year ago, sales up almost 23%

The issue has been long in the making, according to CREA senior economist Shaun Cathcart.

The Best of Bloor West Living

The Building

Constructed by renowned builder Tridel, One Old Mill is a touch of modern elegance in the classic and quaint neighbourhood of Bloor West Village. The condo is ideal for young professionals, new families, and older couples looking to downsize.

The 12 storey, 278 unit structure was completed in late 2014, and has provided the area with a much needed luxury condominium option. The south side of the building fronts on Bloor Street west, while the north side looks over the greenery of the Humber River Trail, making the building a sort of gateway between activity and serenity.

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Bloor West Village

Bloor West Village is one of the last communities in Toronto with a small town feel. Dozens of fantastic shops, restaurants, bars, and entertainment are just steps away from the building. On weekends, Bloor Street is filled with pedestrians roaming the shops and fruit markets.

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Jane Subway Stations is a mere 200 metres from the front door of One Old Mill, allowing for quick and easy access to all Toronto has to offer. The Gardiner Expressway is just minutes away, allowing quick access to the downtown core by car. Access to other major highways such as the 400, 401, and 427 is quite convenient, allowing for easy weekend getaways.


Plenty of green space is located near One Old Mill, allowing for an escape from the concrete views that many experience in Toronto. The Humber River is a stones throw away from One Old Mill, and it flows south through Toronto’s west end, all the way to Lake Ontario. Numerous walking and cycling paths run adjacent to it, and many beautiful parks and gardens are located at various points along the river. Park is an incredible 400 acres of forest, playgrounds, recreational space, dog park, and zoo, that offers a little something for everyone. High Park is located just west along Bloor Street from One Old Mill.


Few condo buildings in Toronto can compete with the amenities available to residents of One Old Mill. All rooms were designed with luxury and functionality in mind.

They include:

-Full Gym

-Yoga/Dance Room

-Indoor Salt Water Pool


-Theatre Room

-Private Dining Room

-Multi Purpose Library/Party/Gathering Room

-Rooftop Garden Lounge with BBQ’s

-2 Guest Suites

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Check out our featured listing at One Old Mill here. Unit 729 is a spacious 2 bedroom, 3 bathroom condo overlooking the Humber River.

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