Philippines, Here We Come!

Morning Metro Manila

I am proud to say that Fatburger and Buffalo’s Cafe are officially coming to the Philippines! We signed a master development agreement with Trimark Holdings Inc., a retail operator throughout the Philippines with a portfolio of more than 40 brands and 300 stores. Because the economy in the Philippines has seen significant growth in the past few years, this shows a great amount of potential for both of our restaurants. Due to Trimark Holdings being so familiar with brand expansion in the country, we will be able to better connect with our audience resulting in our menu being well received.

Next time you’re vacationing, take a trip to the Philippines and stop by a Fatburger or Buffalo’s Cafe!

Robots in our Restaurants?

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No, we are not hiring robots to take over employees at Fatburger. But apparently, this is something that is happening worldwide! We are, however, testing tablet systems at our Buffalo’s Cafe locations. I think that tablets have a place at the table, but it’s pretty hard to ask questions, get suggestions from a tablet. I don’t think they replace a server, they make a server more efficient. We’re selling hamburgers shakes and fries, and customers want to talk to somebody and say, ‘Here’s how I want it.’ So I think in the hospitality industry, to assume that technology will take the place of workers is a false assumption. So don’t worry, we’re not hiring robots just yet!

Read more about the addition of robots in the work force here: http://wapo.st/1JcOmtc

Balancing Work and Life

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Being an entrepreneur with six kids can be a challenge, but I wouldn’t trade it for anything! Maintaining a work-life balance is definitely not an easy task, especially with 3 of my kids in business with me, but I have a few tips for anyone needing to balance their personal life and work life.

  1. Keep active! I exercise whenever I get a free moment. Some of my favorite workouts include running or something cardio related.
  2. Spend time with your family. I get to see my older children all the time at work, so it’s not so pressing to spend time with them over the weekend. I love taking my younger kids to the movies, a restaurant, or even just to hang out.
  3. Take it one step at a time. For me it’s always been to try to hit singles and doubles, and the home runs come on their own. Just try to get the logical next step and be prepared to pivot in the right direction to go from first base to second or third.
  4. Don’t talk about work every hour of every day. I’m in the office for 11 to 12 hours, but then I try to have some time with my friends and family for a meal or drinks, or just try to talk about something other than work. It’s important to get out of work mode even if it’s for only a few hours.

I love work, and I tend to go overboard when it comes to my work hours, but I will always be sure to make my family and friends a priority. Be sure to keep a good balance in your life!

Read more about how I keep my work life balanced with my family life here: http://bit.ly/1DVOCH7

Our First UK Site

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I am proud to announce that we have opened our first European site in London’s Camden! As global demand for our products grows, it became time to bring the Fatburger and Buffalo’s Express experience to Europe! As London is such a dynamic city, I am confident that tourists and locals alike will enjoy our delicious American cuisine.

Where do you think we should expand to next?

 

Cutting Costs, Not Quality

Buffalos CafeCutting costs and increasing quality products seem like two very different goals, but both can be achieved, even in the food industry.

I was able to save Buffalo’s Cafe $41,200, while improving the quality of food we serve.

Here’s how we did it:

Burgers: We switched from purchasing 20-pound cases of bulk ground-beef to perfect 8-ounce patties that arrive in 27-pound cases. Our burgers are more consistent, cook faster and have overall better quality than our previous product.

Fries: We lowered costs through french-fry vendor consolidation and increased each pack of fries from 27 to 30 pounds, lowering fees by 10 percent.

All in all, we have increased burger sales by 30 percent and continue to save time on distribution and packing at Buffalo’s Cafe!

One of my favorite parts of my job is figuring out how to make things as efficient and cost-effective as possible, while continuing to make delicious-quality food for our customers.

There’s never a dull moment in the food service industry and I love every second of it!

For more information about Buffalo’s Cafe, visit www.buffaloscafe.com.

 

 

Buffalo’s “Secret” Spicy Peanut Wings Recipe Revealed

If you love the spicy peanut wings at our Buffalo’s Cafes (and really, who doesn’t?), our very own former Buffalo’s chef (now COO), Shaun Curtis reveals this crowd fave.

Oaklee’s Family Guide has the full recipe, but be sure you have the following ingredients on-hand:

  • 1 cup Frank’s Red Hot
  • 1/2 cup Parkay Margarine
  • 1/4 cup crushed peanuts
  • 1/4 cup dried parsley
  • 1/4 cup dried onions
  • 2 Tablespoons White Vinegar
  • 6 fresh peppers*

*Determine how spicy/the heat you want by choosing the right pepper. Use Jalapeño Peppers for more mild heat or jump up to Habanero Peppers for an extreme warming.

Get the full recipe now, it’ll be a real crowd-pleaser at your next BBQ.

Community Comes Together at Buffalo’s Cafe to Benefit Young Cancer Patient

Last week, I asked for anyone in the Loganville-Grayson area to stop by our Buffalo’s Cafe for a benefit event in honor of young cancer patient, Imogen Passman.

It sounds like the turn-out was pretty significant, with more than 300 people stopping by the car show and $8,000 raised.

Here’s a post-event re-cap courtesy of the local Patch site:

More than 300 people attended and $8,000 was raised at a benefit to help a 3-year-old Grayson girl battling a rare form of cancer.

Buffalo’s Café in Loganville hosted the Saturday, May 17 event benefitted Imogen Passman, who has ganglioneuroblastoma, from which a tumor has grown around her spine.

Buffalo’s donated a percentage of sales. The event included 75 show cars on display in the parking lot.

The money will go toward escalating medical bills. “Immy” is undergoing chemotherapy and physical therapy at the Mayo Clinic.

Thanks again to everyone who helped out!

[Photo Credit:  Buffalo's Loganville]

Charity Event May 17th at the Loganville, GA Buffalo’s

I really wanted to call attention to this fantastic charity event happening tomorrow (May 17th) at our Loganville, GA Buffalo’s Cafe. So many of our franchisees get involved in charity events like this and they just don’t get the sort of press or media coverage they deserve. So if you’re in the area, please consider stopping by and supporting a worthy cause.

Here’s a bit more detail from the Gwinnett Daily Post:

Buffalo’s Cafe in Loganville is throwing a Parking Lot Party and Car Show to benefit “local angel,” Imogen Passman of Grayson, on May 17.

Four year old Imogen is battling a rare type of cancer and is currently undergoing chemo and physical therapy. The car show is open to all cars and trucks with a $20 entry fee. There will also be a silent auction, 50/50 raffles and prizes, car trivia, a DJ, inflatables, face painting and games for the whole family.

The Parking Lot Party and Car Show will be May 17 from noon to 4 p.m. at Buffalo’s Cafe in Loganville located at 910 Athens Highway.

If you’re on Facebook, you can also get more details at the official event page. Consider encouraging your friends & family to attend.

Help Us Choose a Location for a Potential New Fatburger Honolulu

Speculation is running rampant about a potential new co-branded Fatburger/Buffalo’s Cafe that may open in the Honolulu area.

You may be aware that we’ve already opened a location on Maui as well as at Pearl Harbor on Oahu.

While we’re keeping mum on any sort of announcement for now, I wondered if my readers might have a suggested location? Know of a space that’s available? Hit me up on my contact page and let me know the details. You might just help Fatburger and Buffalo’s come to a location near you!