Randy Zhang likes to emphasize he hasn’t changed a beloved thing at Ted’s Restaurant since he and his brother took over the reins in 2002. Known locally as “Amazing Ted’s,” the popular classic diner in Highland Creek first opened in 1954, and endures to serve a loyal and steady crowd favourite combos featuring bacon and eggs, steak, and battered fish.
Randy and his family immigrated to Canada from Guangzhou, China in 1993, when Randy was 14 years old. At 19, Randy was running his family’s small Chinese restaurant in Ganonoque, the picturesque tourist town along the St. Lawrence River known as the gateway to the Thousand Islands.
He and his family eventually moved to Toronto, settled in south Scarborough, and purchased Ted’s.
“When I was younger, I worked about 90 hours a week. We invested a lot of money and time, and had to succeed. I worried about taking care of things. After a few years, we were on a roll. This is a great neighbourhood. I love our staff and our customers.”
Not only is Ted’s famous for its reliably good food, but it can also be spotted as the backdrop for movies and television shows. Randy says the restaurant hosts up to five shoots every year. The Handmaid’s Tale, Orphan Black, Nikita, and Keifer Sutherland’s Designated Survivor have all filmed scenes at Ted’s.
A humble and well-loved Scarborough institution – immortalized.