Congratulations Thayer and Brooke!

Today I wanted to take a moment to say congratulations to my son Thayer and my new daughter-in-law, Brooke on their destination wedding in Cabo last weekend. It has been a joy to see Thayer grow and thrive both in life and at Fatburger. I’m so proud of all his many accomplishments, including finding Brooke as a wife.

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It is wonderful to see these two childhood friends celebrate this next step in their lives and I couldn’t be happier for the both of them!

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.

 

 

Why We’re Different

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Burger joints seem like a dime a dozen in America. So what makes Fatburger stand apart from the crowd?

A few things…

1. We’re Fresh 
We use fresh, not frozen, beef patties for all our burgers. What really sets us apart is that you can see your burger being made in the restaurant. When you bite into a Fatburger, it will taste like it came straight from the grill, because it actually did.

2. We’re Unique 
Fatburger patties have a specialized flavor. All our patties are made from lean beef and are covered in a proprietary spice blend. We also use mustard instead of ketchup. You can always order a burger with lettuce, tomatoes and cheese, but what about an egg? Like I shared with The Street earlier this month,  at Fatburger we sell a lot of burgers with egg on them. In our earlier days they would call it the hangover burger.

3. We’re Flexible
At Fatburger, we don’t have as much red tape to work through when it comes to introducing new food items. If there’s a good idea cooking, we’re able to jump on it and make it happen more quickly than a larger franchise.

We are a quick-service restaurant chain that stresses the importance of quality taste and quality customer service. It’s something I, as the CEO, take personal pride in and strive to meet every single day.

Super Bowl Sunday & 1.25 Billion Chicken Wings

buffalosDid you know that Americans eat a whopping 1.25 billion chicken wings on Super Bowl Sunday? We can thank MarketWatch for that interesting fact!

Since the first game in 1967, Super Bowl Sunday has turned into much more than a game; it’s become its own unofficial holiday. This game day holiday gives Americans everywhere an excuse to throw parties and enjoy some delicious food at home in front of the TV. Looking back, sports fanatics could simply show up to the Super Bowl party with chips and dip and call it a day.

This couldn’t be farther from the truth today! In today’s foodie culture, ordering out and ordering specialty items is the new go-to. We anticipated selling over 32,000 wings in our Buffalo’s Café stores this past Sunday which just proves the point. That’s a whole lot of to-go orders and a whole lot of wings!

Fatburger Maintains Top Food Franchise Title in Entrepreneur

fatAfter enduring a long list of qualifications, Fatburger has kept its title as one of the best franchise brands to invest in. Entrepreneur Magazine ranked Fatburger in their 2014 Franchise 500, under Top Food Franchises.

Entrepreneur offers some appreciable advice for those considering a franchise:

“No matter what part of the world you’re in, it pays to do your due diligence before buying a franchise. Read the company’s legal documents, consult with an attorney and accountant, and talk to existing franchisees to find the right fit for you and your region”.

Interested in owning a Fatburger restaurant? Do your due diligence and head over to the Fat Opportunities page of our website for details on launching your own burger franchise. Good food equals good business!

Taking a Franchise Overseas Isn’t Always Smooth Sailing

Political protests, disease outbreaks, terrorist campaigns, these are just a few on the unforgiving factors U.S. business owners are considering when expanding a franchise internationally. Fatburger has accomplished the impossible by flourishing in some of the world’s most unstable countries. As of today we have opened restaurants in 32 countries since 2007. I recently had the opportunity to chime in with Businessweek about seeking franchise opportunities overseas:

“Consumers all over the world love American brands, especially burgers, shakes and fries. I knew there was a huge opportunity for us overseas.”

Keeping the dangers of some areas overseas at top of mind, I also added…

“We are always concerned about the security of our employees.”

So, we monitor local events to better manage and assess risk. If the risk is too high, we shift focus to another area.

burger-1920x1080Fatbuger opens in Delihi, India (Source: GQ India)

I took a considerable risk with this global expansion plan and made sure to invest time towards market research in each region before opening any stores there.

American Express also joins the conversation on whether global instability can damage your business. Be sure to read the entire article for some great insights on how I’ve adapted to markets around the globe, but here’s a little teaser featuring yours truly:

“You have to have a long-term view of your business relationship country by country in terms of your strategy[.] If your long-term strategy is that you want to be in this market, then you’ve made that commitment and you have to weather it and stay the course. You may not stay with a particular location if it becomes more trouble than it’s worth to deal with. But it doesn’t mean you’re exiting that country.”