Last month, we had the pleasure of introducing you guys to Michelle & Priya, and this month we’re keeping the ball rolling with three new lovely People of Demetres. Not only do these artisans strive to deliver great service inside our doors, their plates are also loaded with school, acting and a budding sneaker business. Read on!


Meet Beste

If there’s one word that we can use to describe Beste, it would be tremendously-helpful. Ok yes that’s technically two words, but that’s just a reflection of who Beste is and how much we appreciate this about her. Working in a restaurant setting is not easy on the best of days, but she’s always got it under control as one of our valued supervisors!

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Hi Beste, what do you get up to when you’re not at the restaurant?

We’re like a family and honestly I think all of our friends and relationships were built here. So you’re always searching for the people from work, even when you’re outside of work. Other than that I have to study and do my readings.

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What’s the one thing that you would really like to accomplish one day?

My goal is to become the teacher that I’m studying for. I’m currently at York U doing childrens’ studies and I want to become a kindergarten teacher.

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What’s your favourite ice cream flavour?

Before I came to Demetres, it would have been the KitKat flavour. But when I came to Demetres, Dulce & Banana, it’s my all time favourite right now.

If you can have one wish granted, what would it be?

I would wish for everyone to be happy, that no one is struggling, and that everyone has their life together.

For more Beste, check out her Instagram @bestecobanoglu


Say hi to Carol Ann

Always ready with a warm smile, Carol Ann is part of our serving team. Even the most dour faces can be cheered up by her bubbly and friendly personality, which is something we’re always thankful for 🙂

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Hi Carol Ann, what do you like to do on your days off?

I actually like to hang out with people from Demetres *laughs*. I’m not in school currently, but I take part time classes right now for acting so I do that as well. This is something I want to pursue professionally.

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What’s the one thing that you would really like to achieve?

I want to be a working actress. I’m not concerned about fame or anything, I just genuinely love it and I want to do it, and I want to be able to live off of it. At the same time, I want to be able to make enough to help other people because I’ve struggled with things.

Who’s one actor or actress that you look up to or would love to work with one day?

Oh Cathy Bates – she’s incredible! I’m such a big fan of her, she gets lost in every role and she can play anyone… even Batman probably.

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What’s your go-to ice cream flavour?

It’s always been vanilla. I know I sound so boring and plain but I love our vanilla ice cream, it’s so good. There’s just something about it.

If you can have one wish granted, what would it be?

World peace. It’s something that everyone would say but it’s true, I would want actual world peace, like the song Imagine by John Lennon.


Meet Aruran

Also on our team of supervisors, Aruran is driven, well-spoken and has a clear love for streetwear. You won’t catch him dead wearing stale sneakers, and we wouldn’t be surprised to see Aruran atop a streetwear empire one day.

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Hi Aruran, what do you do to unwind?

Me and my friends go bowling sometimes at Playtime Bowl right around here. We also like to try different foods a lot so we can expand from our own cultures. We’ve tried Mexican, Spanish, Asian food… a lot of Asian food actually.

What’s your favourite cuisine right now?

Mexican. There’s a place down on Dufferin and St. Clair called King’s Tacos and it’s authentic Mexican food where you make your own tacos and everything.

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What’s the one thing that you want to do once you’re done with school?

I looking to open up my own business. Right now I sell a lot of shoes. I get help from stores around Toronto, like Yorkdale, downtown, Scarborough. Basically these are the Kanye West Yeezies, which not everyone can get. I want to put my hands in a lot of different things. I want to do real estate – I’m saving up some money to buy a place so I can rent it out. Somewhere near a university out of town, because I know a lot of people doing that. I would also do something called Forex. I have stopped trading for now though.

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What’s the one goal that you would really like to reach in the future?

Pay off my dad’s debt.

What ice cream flavour are you feeling lately?

I really really like the mango ice cream at sushi places.

If you can have one wish granted, what would it be?

That’s hard. I just hope that whatever business I do in the future goes well, like really well.

Check back in the new year for our next feature of People of Demetres and remember to follow us on Instagram @demetres to peep all the holiday features and behind-the-scenes action!

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