Drake could be the next owner of a famous local Jamaican restaurant in Toronto if he can strike a deal with the owners.
There is no doubt that Drake has a deep love for his hometown of Toronto and a very deep appreciation for Jamaican culture and its music. The Canadian rapper showed just how much he loves the two recently when he offered to buy Randy’s Patties, a staple Jamaican treat in Canada’s capital.
The well-known establishment, a Jamaican patty restaurant, took to their Instagram account yesterday, February 24, to share some devastating news with locals. They revealed that after 40 years in the business, they would be shutting down for good.
According to the post, “Due to a variety of issues, including endless years of Metrolinx construction, 2 years of COVID, labor shortages and aging owners, we have decided to close our doors and reevaluate our next steps in the future.”
They added that they were proud to have served the community and grateful for the support. In the post, the restaurateurs also said the family business is proud to be a staple in the heart of Little Jamaica, along Eglinton Ave. West, for over 40 years. They also said they were very grateful to be part of the amazing community.
Their fans seemed unhappy with the news like this fan, who said, “Sad news. Thank you for everything you have brought to our city. We will miss you”, and this one who added: “Sad day, growing up in the @randyspatties zone was a must. The best pancakes in town.
It has indeed been a struggle for small businesses around the world as the pandemic continues. One of their most well-known supporters, Etalk presenter Tyrone Edwards, also took to his Instagram account to share the news. He also appealed to his supporters, asking for their support to help the restaurant.
That’s when the “God’s Plan” rapper stepped in and seemingly saved the day with a very simple yet powerful statement. “I’ll buy Randy right now,” Drizzy posted in the comments section.
That was all it took for the story to become much more positive. Edwards quickly caught wind of Drake’s comment and immediately promised the OVO boss that he would put him in touch with the right people to make this deal a reality.
“@champagnepapi [Drake] tie you up soon, trying to get your hands on someone out there,” he wrote in response to Drake’s text.
Drake has quite a diverse portfolio, and this wouldn’t be his first experience in the food industry. In 2015, he opened his own restaurant in Toronto called Fring’s. However, this business did not work and it was closed three years later. He is also currently the minority owner of the Californian fast food chain Dave’s Hot Chicken. He joined them in September 2021.
Drake reportedly said he got involved because “I tried the food and it was amazing. After meeting the founders and hearing their story, I jumped at the chance to invest. We learned later that Drake was one of the biggest individual contributors to the chain, he is also an investor in Daring Foods, a maker of plant-based chicken.
While these investments were likely based on profitability, this one may be based a bit on nostalgia and a desire to do good by one’s community. No one from Randy’s Patties has yet responded to the offer, but hopefully this one ends positively for them.
— Kris Pangilinan (@KrisReports) February 24, 2022