Golden Star Restaurant
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Homemade Burgers in Thornhill since 1964

Flash back to 1964. That’s when Justin Doria’s grandfather, Frank, made the move from employee at a popular hot dog chain to restaurant owner. “My grandfather, my father and my uncle decided to go into the restaurant business,” Justin explains. “This place came up for sale, there was an opportunity, and 52 years later, here we are at Yonge and Doncaster!”

In those days, Golden Star was a four-table diner. “They used to call it a drive-in because you would literally drive in, order your food and go eat in the car,” says Justin. “That’s why it’s called Golden Star Drive-In. I guess in the sixties that was pretty popular.”

The restaurant’s dining hall was built in 1979, but aside from that, a quick look around reveals that not much has changed since the early days. And that’s the way this burger joint’s customers like it. “As far as our decor, a lot of our regulars don’t want us to renovate; they want to keep that old nostalgic feel and look to it,” Justin says. “It’s a fun place. There aren’t too many of these places left.”

It’s a fun place. There aren’t too many of these places left. - Justin Doria, manager
Justin Doria (left) and James Doria (right) are members of the Doria family, which has been serving Golden Star's homemade all-star burger since 1964.
Justin Doria (left) and James Doria (right) are members of the Doria family, which has been serving Golden Star's homemade all-star burger since 1964.

Charbroiled to Perfection

Just as Golden Star’s decor has remained the same, so too has its menu. The family has stuck to what it does best and what keeps customers coming back. “Our menu hasn’t changed,” says Justin. “We keep it kind of short and simple. What we have is more or less top-notch, top quality, and we just keep it the way it is.”

Justin says the number one best seller is Golden Star’s homemade all-star burger. “That’s what we’re really known for.” Though the menu is simple, the restaurant really does offer something for everyone. “We have an excellent steak sandwich, a chicken breast sandwich, and of course we have to have our veggie burger, for the vegetarians. So we try and cover every angle,” he continues.

Regulars love the nostalgic feel at Golden Star Burger .

Ready to Rock

The restaurant gets its fair share of new business, but they’ve also been serving some diners for years. In fact, many of Golden Star’s customers are now the second or third generation to chow down at the restaurant. “The families of people that have been coming here are getting older, they’re bringing their families and so on and so forth, and it’s kind of a snowball effect,” says Justin.

So it comes as no surprise that Golden Star has a steady clientele. “We work to cater to our regulars,” explains Justin. “We try to make sure people who come in the door are going to come back.” And when they do, Justin and his team will be ready with their order. “They usually eat the same thing,” he points out. “It’s the standard order – they walk through the door and the food’s already on, ready to rock.”

Golden Star Burger is located in Thornhill.
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