In just a few years, Zane Caplansky has gone from an itinerant meat smoker, to one of Toronto’s biggest culinary celebrities.

Now, the restauranteur has his sights set higher–30,000 feet higher to be precise. Caplansky’s Deli has just announced that it will open two outlets at Toronto’s Pearson airport, the largest and busiest airport in Canada.


According to an announcement from HMS Host, the company that handles the airport’s concessions, the Caplansky’s Deli offshoot will be “a traditional Jewish deli offering breakfast plates, heaping deli sandwiches and home-style dinner entrees, as well as Caplansky’s Snack Bar, featuring simmering hot sandwiches made-to-order and other grab and go snacks.”

Caplansky himself said he was excited to join a number of celebrity chefs opening spaces at the airport. “Delis and the people who operate and patronize them are an important part of the fabric of this city,” he said.

The deli guru also told the Jewish Daily Forward that he is planning to open another deli at a still-undisclosed location, as well as build a 6,000-square-foot production facility for more prep and commercial cooking.

“The facility will allow us to maintain the quality and consistency our customers expect in the three restaurants, our catering business, and in the food trucks,” he said. “The big initiative for the next few years will be the growth of our grocery store products.”

Caplansky’s began selling traditional Canadian/Jewish smoked meat out of the back of the Monarch Tavern in 2008. It has since become a standalone restaurant, and a popular food truck named “Thundering Thelma.”