The sushi burrito is a beautiful thing, and that’s what they make at Rolltation.
Founded in 2016, Rolltation is a Toronto-based sushi burrito and poke bowl restaurant franchise. There are two locations in downtown Toronto, and founders Chris Wu and Day Wong credit the city’s multicultural spirit as the leading source of inspiration behind their company. After extensive travel around the world, researching their business idea, Chris and Day launched Rolltation to give Torontonians a chance to enjoy sushi in an innovative way – without sacrificing quality and fresh ingredients. Rolltation’s signature sushi burrito brings different cultures together in one beautiful, delicious, hand-held little bundle.
We love not only what Rolltation has to offer, but the philosophy behind the brand itself. “Rolltation is proud to call Toronto home and is continually inspired by global cultural diversity. This inspiration is demonstrated through a wide selection of menu offerings and an assortment of fresh ingredients available. Rolltation takes pride in offering Torontonians fresh and healthy menu options that can be customized to suit any preference, lifestyle or dietary requirement.”
Sushi Burritos anyone?
We got the chance to chat with Chris and Day about how they turned their dream jobs into a reality.
What is your official title? Do you have one?
Chris Wu: Founder and Head of Operations at Rolltation Inc.
Day Wong: Head of Strategy and Franchising at Rolltation Inc.
Did you go to school/get training for your dream job?
Chris Wu: Working in managerial positions in both graphic design and the restaurant industry, I was luckily able to combine both these passions of mine and began brainstorming ideas for my own restaurant. My first introduction to the sushi burrito trend started during a trip I took to San Francisco and New York City. I was inspired by the technique and innovation and returned to Toronto with the desire to begin Rolltation.
Day Wong: I graduated with an advanced diploma in Software Engineering, but have always had a passion for cuisine. My first position in the culinary world was managing a large sushi-focused restaurant where I became an integral part of the business, leading the launch of an additional location. This resulted in making the big decision to re-direct my career path.
What was your first job ever?
Chris Wu: Combining my passion for both the arts and technology, my first job ever was as a graphic designer.
Day Wong: I was a dishwasher for my first job. Working in a restaurant kitchen, as a teenager, is what first sparked my interest in the food industry and I knew that it would always be a huge part of my life.
If you weren’t doing this, what would you be doing?
Chris Wu: Along with food, I am still very much passionate about graphic design. If for some strange reason I was unable to continue my work with Rolltation, I would continue my work as a graphic designer.
Day Wong: Not only do I love math and logical thinking, I also enjoy being creative. If I wasn’t working on Rolltation I would either continue my career as a Software Engineer, or keep with fulfilling my creative side as a Marketer.
What accomplishment/achievement are you most proud of?
Chris Wu: From ideation to execution, I am extremely proud of what Rolltation has become. I have found the ideal people with their own unique strengths that has resulted in the perfect team to operate Rolltation.
Day Wong: My passion for the culinary world was sparked at a young age, and the fact that I have been able to open up a successful restaurant resulting in expansion of multiple locations, has to be the accomplishment I am most proud of.