The Fran's Story

It all began in 1918 when Francis Deck and his brother opened Deco refreshments in Buffalo New York. Deco quickly grew to more than 50 locations when Francis decided it was time to expand.

Francis "Fran" Deck, along with his wife Ellen Jane move to Toronto and open a modest 10-seat diner at Yonge and St. Clair.
Fran's menu from 1950

Glenn Gould, the famous eccentric Canadian pianist, was a regular at the Fran's on St. Clair Avenue.  He would arrive at 2:00 a.m. and always order a plate of scrambled eggs.

Pianist Glenn Gould
Francis creates the first known bacon cheeseburger and names it the Forest Hill Burger.
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Fran's restaurant expands to Yonge & Eglinton.
fran's restaurant at yonge and eglinton
Another Fran's joins the family at College and Yonge.
fran's restaurant college
Fran's removes the famous rice pudding from the menu and takes some heat.

“No rice pudding at Fran’s?” wrote Star columnist Gary Lautens. “That’s like a Toronto without the Leafs, a Toronto without Rosedale, a Toronto without the Ex, a Toronto without a four-mile backup on the 401, for heaven’s sake.” Two weeks later, we brought back the pudding.

Doors open from across from Massey Hall.
fran's restaurant on victoria street
Fran's opens another location at Yonge and Front.

Despite a successful 10 year run, we were forced to close this location permanently due to the COVID-19 lockdowns.

fran's restaurant on front street
Fran's debuts at the Canadian National Exhibition(CNE).

We unveil the Thanksgiving waffle and earn Best Food Booth of the year.

Thanksgiving Waffle


A waffle made from homemade stuffing topped with roasted turkey, cranberry sauce, and turkey gravy.

thanksgiving waffle fran's
The milkshake trailer on the CNE grounds.

The trailer made almost 10,000 milkshakes in 18 days. It became known for its outrageous milkshakes including its PB&J milkshake, coffee & donut milkshake, and pie milkshakes featuring full slices of pie stacked on top.

two milkshakes
The launch of Fran’s Bar.

A sister restaurant to Fran's featuring a rooftop patio with a menu inspired by comfort pub food.

fran's bar
We're still a family-owned and operated restaurant serving home-style cooking in a warm and welcoming atmosphere.