No, at this time Harvey’s does not offer any gluten free options for their buns. All of Harvey’s sandwiches come prepared on regular or whole wheat buns. Harvey’s does, however, offer a variety of other delicious gluten free options.
History of Harvey’s
In 1959, equal shareholders Rick Mauran and George B. Sukornyk co-founded a fast food restaurant called Harvey’s at the corner of Observatory Lane in Richmond Hill and Yonge Street. The name came from a riff off of a popular American fast food chain at the time called Henry’s Hamburgers.
Introducing the concept of a serving line and fresh cut potatoes, Harvey’s stood out among the competition in its early days. 10 years after its inception, the hand cut fries were discontinued in favor of pre-cut, pre-frozen fries and the toppings menu expanded.
In the early 1970’s Harvey’s co-founders merged with Industrial Growth Limited and formed Foodcorp. Which was then led by president Bernie Syron. After growing to 80 restaurants 1979, Harvey’s was then sold to Cara Operations which is now known as Recipe Unlimited.
Harvey’s has dominated the fast food industry in every province since its founding, proving it can certainly keep up with competition and demand. Harvey’s today employs over 6,000 employees at over 640 locations across Canada.
Harvey’s Flagship Burger
The flagship burger at Harvey’s has changed several times since its addition to the menu in 1989. After going through four in twenty years, Harvey’s settled on the Great Canadian burger as their flagship in 2010.
In 2008 Harvey’s introduced their Angus Burger made with 100% all Canadian beef. It was a response to McDonald’s recently launching their angus beef burgers. The Angus Burger was instant hit with customers and remains the flagship burger today.
Gluten Free Options
While none of the buns that Harvey’s currently uses are gluten free, there are several other gluten free options on the menu. You can enjoy a fresh grilled chicken salad with one of a variety of milkshake offerings. The full list of gluten free options at Harvey’s include:
- Vanilla Milkshake
- Strawberry Milkshake
- Orange Milkshake
- Chocolate Milkshake
- Fries Milkshake
- Grilled Chicken BLT Salad
- Side Garden Salad
- Pulled Pork
Harvey’s Commitment to Sustainability
In recent years, Harvey’s has made strides in their commitment to environmental sustainability. 100% of Harvey’s beef comes from Canadian farms and 30% of that comes from CRSB Certified farms.
Taking it a step further, Harvey’s has started an initiative to use fully biodegradable, compostable, or recyclable consumer packaging in 100% of their stores. In order to meet this goal they have made these changes:
- Using bamboo gravy cups.
- Switching to 100% post consumer recycled cutlery.
- Changing out plastic straws for paper ones.
- Converting to recycled, compostable, and recyclable containers for their fries, onion rings, and Frings®.
- Replacing old bags and wrappers with 100% compostable and recyclable ones.
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