Fans queue in sub-zero temperatures as Jollibee opens first Canada outlet

Fans queue in sub-zero temperatures as Jollibee opens first Canada outlet
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After toying with the idea of opening a Canadian outlet for a couple of years, Filipino fast food giant Jollibee is finally welcoming diners in Winnipeg.

Fans have been standing in line and braving sub-zero temperatures over the weekend for Jollibee's signature fried chicken and sweet spaghetti.

The weather on opening day, just before the weekend, dipped down to -25 deg C - but that didn't deter some hungry fans from waiting six hours to get in the door.

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The first customer in the door had waited in line overnight from 10:30 p.m., Jollibee posted on Facebook.

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Our first customer in line, Jason Ladera, shares why being the first in line means so much to him ๐Ÿ˜Š For Jason, a local...

Posted by Jollibee Canada onย Thursday, 15 December 2016

The Filipino fast food icon initially pegged Toronto for its Canadian debut, but ended up having to scrap those plans because it had "difficulty finding a good location," Jollibee told shareholders last year.

Going by the enthusiastic reception, it looks like it was a good idea to choose Winnipeg. Just to deal with the crowd, the outlet has had to issue tickets to people in line, and put a price cap of US$50 (S$72) on each order.

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Some local news stations reviewing the food appeared slightly confused by a couple of the dishes - in particular 'Jolli Spaghetti,' which comes with cut up hot dogs in its slightly sweetened bolognaise sauce.

One of the hosts from Virgin Radio Winnipeg remarked: "There are hot dogs in my spaghetti...which I love!"

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Getting our first taste of magical Jollibee! We get why it's called Jolly Crispy Chicken! The Ellice location of Jollibee, the first in Canada, opens tomorrow morning!

Posted by Virgin Radio Winnipeg onย Wednesday, 14 December 2016

Jollibee may be new in Canada, but it has 3,000 outlets worldwide, of which 750 are in the Philippines.

Filipinos in Winnipeg have been celebrating the city's coup:

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Cristeta Monte and her sister Ligaya left the Philippines 36 years ago to make a living abroad as seamstresses. Over the...

Posted by Jollibee Canada onย Friday, 16 December 2016

And if that isn't enough excitement, let us leave you with a Jollibee toy singing his song "I'm Your Friend," sung at kids' birthday parties in outlets in the Philippines.

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