“The Original” Mr. DonairTM story dates back to the early 1960s when two brothers, Peter and John immigrated to Canada with their family from Greece. Their family had a love for the Gyro from their homeland, so Peter opened a pizza shop in Bedford in the 1970s to share their love of the Gyro with Haligonians. The Gyro recipe traditionally served on a pita with Tzatziki sauce wasn’t quite right for the folks of Halifax, so Peter came up with an idea to change up the Gyro and created an original recipe using ground beef, secret spices and a sweet sauce. Needless to say, it was a huge hit and the rest is history!
The name “Donair” is said to have been made up by Peter when someone asked what the new dish was called. He looked at the meat rotisserie machine for the cone which had “DONER” printed on it and said “Doner”. From that point on the former traditional Gyro had born the legend of Donair. Peter went on to establish “THE ORIGINAL” MR. DONAIR TM and open Mr. Donair Ltd. a supplier of Donair products for pizza and restaurant customers in the 1980s. Together, Peter and John marketed Mr. Donair products. Peter passed away in the early 1990s and John Kamoulakos sold “The Original” Mr. Donair TM to Tony’s Meats in Antigonish in 2005.
The Mr. Donair success story continues as Mr. Donair products can be found in many locations across Canada!