Ever wonder where all those Jamaican patties for sale at newsstands come from?
Want to stock up on Jamaican patties? A visit to the Patty King factory outlet might be in order.
Located at 321 Progress Avenue in Scarborough, this restaurant and factory store sees a steady stream of customers coming in for their favourites. The exuberant cashier, Judy—who hails from Montego Bay, Jamaica—knows every one of them.
“Are you getting a patty for your mom?” she asks a teenage customer picking up a dozen patties in her slightly faded Jamaican lilt. “Don’t eat and drive—it’s hazardous,” she sternly warns a workman dressed in coveralls.
Despite having the same name as the popular Patty King take-out restaurant in Kensington Market, the factory and outlet are not affiliated with it: the factory sold them the name and supplies some of its patties. The factory’s main business is wholesaling to coffee trucks, schools and to Gateway newsstands in subway stations. It’s a family business run by a group of brothers and sisters from Kingston, Jamaica.
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