We started with a music venue named Sputnik in Brooklyn's Bed Stuy back in 2002. The place was everything you can imagine: dive bar, art space, performance space, and a small kitchen the size of a closet buried off to the corner.
A strange thing happened, folks started coming solely for the burgers. One day, I heard a little voice in my head (actually it was my brother and friends). They said, "let's open an organic & all-natural burger place where we grew up: Astoria, Queens NYC. So after 7 years of art, music, late nights and tons of good times, the Sputnik came crashing back to Earth. From there, we took the best parts of our little joint, and brought them home.
So in 2009, we found a small run down bakery and converted it into a small 40 seat organic & all-natural burger restaurant. It was right in the middle of a global recession and I can remember my father with his heavy immigrant accent saying, "who is going to pay $10 for a burger these days, are you crazy?" But with every credit card maxed out and every penny borrowed, we were on our way.
We had a very simple vision: let's make an awesome burger and use the best organic, all-natural and sustainable ingredients. So we opened a small burger shop in Queens, NYC, our hometown. We promised that we would always be transparent with the ingredients that fill our restaurants. Now years later, we are lucky enough to serve communities around the globe, and our vision remains as a simple as it started. Thank you to all the partners, farmers, producers and distributors that we proudly call friends and family.
Everyone in the neighborhood thought that a group of hippies from California were opening an organic & all natural burger place. The only thing people could see from the construction site was our poster bearing our logo: a bear riding a unicycle, holding a burger and a beer.
Why Our Franchise?
We prefer hands on owners and management. Your presence in your restaurant and community can go a long way in determining how successful your Bareburger restaurant can be. If you can't manage the day the day, we prefer managers who have "skin" in the game. We've learned that those restaurants work the best.
What do you get with our franchise?
- A sustainable, organic and all-natural restaurant brand for your community.
- 35 to 50 day manager and brand training program.
- Kitchen and restaurant design package.
- Real estate selection analytics: Buxton Report Card for every location.
- First right of refusal for future Bareburger restaurants in your area.
- 2-3 weeks on site restaurant training to get your restaurant ready for opening
- Construction and vendor vetting.