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Ottawa's Big Rig Brewery sold to Quebec company

Ottawa's Big Rig Brewery and Big Rig Restaurants Kitchen & Brewery have been bought by a Montreal-based restaurant franchising firm. 

Montreal-based franchising firm Foodtastic acquires brewery, restaurant

Big Rig Brewery's Alpha Bomb IPA could soon be available in more parts of Canada. (Big Rig Brewery/Facebook)

Ottawa's Big Rig Brewery and Big Rig Restaurants Kitchen & Brewery have been bought by a Montreal-based restaurant franchising firm. 

Foodtastic Inc. announced in a news release Monday that it has bought both the restaurant and brewery operations for an undisclosed price.

The brewery's co-owner, Lon Ladell, will remain involved in the company and become directory of brewery operations, according to Foodtastic.

"With the financial support we now have we can expand our operations throughout Canada," Ladell is quoted saying in the news release.

Foodtastic has singled out Toronto as a prime market for expansion.

Big Rig, named after former Ottawa Senators defenceman Chris Phillips, who had a stake in the company, opened its doors in Nepean in 2012.

Former Ottawa Senator Chris Phillips had a stake in the company. (Sean Kilpatrick/Canadian Press)

It opened a larger brewery in Kanata in 2014. It has two restaurants in Ottawa and said it currently sells its beer as far east as Newfoundland and Labrador.

Foodtastic also owns restaurant brands such as Nickels Delicatessen, Carlos and Pepe's and Au Coq.

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