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Franchising opportunities are available for the right candidates in the GCC and Middle East.Markets.
We offer quality, innovation, experience, passion and a support system that includes:
Great real estate
Operations expertise and ongoing support
Buffalo's development support system is designed to assist you every step of the way and includes the Following:
Site selection - When you become part of the Buffalo’s family, our highly experienced real estate team will assist you in identifying and securing prime real estate sites to ensure that you select a location with the best chance for success.
Project management - To ensure your restaurant opens as soon as possible, we offer a complete project management service, allowing you to focus on the other needs of your business.
Finance package -We have solid relationships with financial institutions experienced in assisting franchisees to obtain financing.
Equipment package - Buffalo's supports you with a consolidated equipment package that covers every piece of equipment in your restaurant, from a three-ounce ladle to the ice machine. Due to volume purchasing discounts, you're able to buy restaurant equipment at a great price reduction.
Complete training program - Restaurant General managers and Kitchen managers will have to undergo a 30 days intensive training programme at our training center in Kuwait. We also send an opening team which will assist in all facets of opening the restaurant two weeks prior to opening and one week after opening.
Operations manual and ongoing support - This manual provides detailed instructions on hiring, training, motivating employees, day-to-day operations and accounting. Support doesn't end once your store is built, your staff trained and your business opened. You will be assigned a business consultant who will assist in the strategic and operational questions that you will inevitably encounter after your grand opening.
Franchise Fee $50,000
Royalties 5% Monthly
Advertising/Creative Fund 1% Weekly
Area Development Fee $10,000 Per Location
Single and multi-store development territories available
We're world famous wings, we're southwestern dishes, we're salads, we're steaks, we're good times, and we're gearing up for a nationwide expansion.
Stake your claim!
The chain's menu is highlighted by its award-winning, world-famous Buffalo-style chicken wings. The plump wings are deep-fried to perfection, doused in a secret sauce of the customers choosing and served with a rich blue-cheese dip. Other favorites, all cooked-to-order, include steaks, fajitas, chili, quesadillas, fish, wraps, burgers and a variety of finger foods. Flavorful, hot vegetables include Texarkana corn, black beans, rice, and tasty fries. The menu also features homemade soups, salads, sandwiches and desserts - all prepared fresh on the premises.
Award wining Menu
Buffalo's Franchise Concepts, Inc. (BFCI), operates and franchises one of America's premier chain of casual dining restaurants. Blending the popularity of Buffalo-style wings, Southwest cuisine, fresh cooked-to-order food and value pricing with the appeal of an Old West Cafe, Buffalo's Southwest Cafe uniquely satisfies the demands of contemporary eating trends.
Growth and Framework
Some 80% of our franchisees are multiple-unit operators. The average restaurant seats 160 customers inside and 50 more on covered patio or deck areas, requiring about 4,000 - 4,500 square feet of floor space. A staff of 40 employees is needed. Operating hours typically are 12 noon to 12 mid night weekdays, with later closing on weekends.
Growth and Framework
Perceived as a casual neighborhood restaurant, Buffalo's Southwest Cafe has proven successful in suburban areas, attracting families, couples, singles and groups of all ages for parties. It affords a personal, friendly atmosphere rather than the look and feel of a chain, yet has the support of a proven franchise system. For qualified individuals, Buffalo's Southwest Cafe can be a great opportunity for single or multi-unit operators.
The Fact Sheet
The Fact Sheet:
Buffalo's Franchise Concepts, Inc. (BFCI) operates and franchises one of America's premier chains of casual dining restaurants, Buffalo's Southwest Café. In the January 28, 2002 edition of Nation's Restaurant News we were ranked as one of the 50 Regional Powerhouse Chains. More recently, in the August 2003 edition of Restaurants and Institutions, we ranked among the TOP 400 Restaurant Concepts.
A Bit of History
The original Buffalo's Southwest Café was launched in Roswell, Georgia, a suburb of Atlanta, in 1985. BFCI initiated franchise operations in 1991, and now has 50+ restaurants in the United States and Puerto Rico and the first Middle East location opened in Kuwait in December 2001.
More Recent Events
This is an exciting time for our brand! Recent franchise activity includes a 7-unit Development Agreement for Clark County, Nevada; single-unit agreements for Coral Springs, Florida; Houston, Texas and Hiram, Georgia. New restaurant openings include Sullivan, Missouri (May 2003) and Greendale, Indiana (August 2003). Franchise negotiations are underway for development in Arkansas, Kentucky, Minnesota and multiple opportunities in
Approximately 80% of our franchisees are multiple-unit operators; the largest of whom has seven units and plans others. Many existing franchisees had no prior food service experience before joining Buffalo's and in fact came from diverse business backgrounds. Today, however, we are primarily seeking franchise candidates with experience in the food service industry as well as a successful business and management background.
The average restaurant seats 160 to 180 customers inside and 50 more on covered patio or deck areas, requiring about 5,000 square feet of floor space. A staff of 40 employees, mostly is needed. Operating hours typically are 12 noon to 12 mid night weekdays, with later closing on weekends.
The target site is 1.2 to 1.4 acres and rectangular in shape which allows for optimum parking of at least 100 cars. Our prototype facility, however, may be placed on sites otherwise configured as long as the facility architectural image, layout and parking requirements are maintained. BFCI provides assistance and consulting in site selection.
Training & Support
Franchisees receive a 2--day owner orientation hosted by our Director of New Restaurant Development as they begin the required "Critical Path" to opening. General Managers and Managers receive 28-days of classroom and hands-on training at one of our corporate restaurants. The extensive curriculum overseen by our Director of Training embraces the full spectrum of casual dining restaurant operations and administration, including food preparation, cost control, hiring, customer and employee relations, restaurant management
BFCI assigns onsite representatives for two weeks pre-opening and one-week post-opening to launch the store, train employees and solidify operations. In addition to our comprehensive training procedures and operations manuals, ongoing training and business management is achieved via BFCI assigned Franchise Business Managers whom conduct regularly scheduled on-site quality control restaurant assessments and maintain weekly telephone contact with owners and managers.
The fluctuating economy and varied lifestyles over the last two decades have dictated market changes in the eating habits of people. Seeking value without sacrificing service, and ambiance without sacrificing comfort, today's consumers have established the casual dinner-house segment as the fastest growing segment of the restaurant business. Perceived as a casual neighborhood restaurant, Buffalo's Southwest Cafe has proven successful in suburban areas in attracting families, couples, singles, professionals and groups of all ages for parties and catered events. Our concept affords a personal and friendly atmosphere rather than the look and feel of a chain; yet has the support of a proven franchise system - now 20 years!
Perceived as a casual neighborhood restaurant, Buffalo's Southwest Cafe has proven successful in suburban areas in attracting families, couples, singles, professionals and groups of all ages for parties and catered events. Our concept affords a personal and friendly atmosphere rather than the look and feel of a chain; yet has the support of a proven franchise system - now 20 years!
Franchise Fee/Royalties/Creative Advertising:
The initial Franchise Fee is $50,000. Franchise Royalties are 5% of monthly gross sales and the Creative Advertising fee is 1% of monthly gross sales
Frequently Asked Questions
What are the requirements to be approved as a franchisee?
Primarily we are seeking candidates who have experience in the restaurant industry - those who presently or in the past have owned/operated a successful food service establishment. The financial requirements are to have least $300,000 cash available with a minimum net worth of $1.5 million.
After entering into a franchise agreement how long will it take to open my restaurant?
The timeframe to open a restaurant is really dependent upon how long it takes to identify an acceptable site - one that is approved by BFCI. The timeframe for the build-out or renovation if it's existing space is typically four months; and to build from the ground up usually takes about five to six months.
I have a site in mind. What is the site review process?
First of all, we look for sites with outstanding accessibility, visibility and activity. To obtain accurate statistics regarding these important aspects of the real estate, it's important to review current demographics and a site plan - typically aerials. These are the first tools we use to evaluate any potential site. We always recommend you consider and negotiate on more than just one site. In fact, the best position to be in is actively negotiating on three or four sites so that you are in a much stronger negotiating position. Once you have homed in on these sites and franchise negotiations are finalized a BFCI representative will visit the trade area to offer insight, recommendations and final approval.
Does BFCI assign territories to Buffalo's Southwest Café franchisees?
Franchisees do have the ability to reserve territory under an Area Development Agreement. All we have to agree upon is the territory and number of restaurants realistic for the area you wish to reserve. The timeframe for build out of restaurant number two under an Area Development Agreement is typically 18-24 months after the opening of the first restaurant. Future openings typically accelerate in intervals of 12-18 months for the duration of the agreement.
What is the average restaurant sales volume?
Under FTC regulations we are not permitted to make earnings claims. Restaurant volumes vary based on the size, location and management of the restaurant. If you pursue the Buffalo's Southwest Café franchise opportunity, then later in the discovery process you will have an opportunity to speak directly with some of our franchisees regarding their experiences with the brand.
What are the average food/labor costs for a Buffalo's Southwest Café?
Food costs should run 28% to 30%; and labor 26% to 30% if the restaurant is managed effectively.
How much should I expect to pay a restaurant operator?
Typically GM's earn in the mid-high $30's to low $40's, with a bonus incentive based upon how well they manage the business and drive sales; so with salary and bonus incentive GM's have the ability to make $50,000 to $60,000. .
What makes Buffalo's Southwest Café different from its competitors?
From a customer standpoint, we believe, what gives our concept strength is our menu as well as our unique décor and curb appeal. We feature many southwest style appetizers and entrees, accompanied by a variety of other tasty favorites such as our world famous buffalo-style chicken wings (fresh, not frozen), homemade dressings, award winning chili, bountiful salads, steaks, desserts and more. We provide a comfortable, friendly and unique interior setting for casual dining; and price-wise remain on the value-end. Additionally, our newest prototype facilities enhance the appeal of the brand with a distinct exterior architecture, signage and color scheme. Simply stated, our menu and facilities appeal to singles, families, the business community and even large groups for lunch and dinner. Take-out, catering and gift card purchases are also popular among our regular customers.
For those considering a casual dining restaurant franchise, Buffalo's Southwest Café offers a 20-year proven franchise system, comprehensive training and development with business growth and development opportunities available nationwide for single and multi-unit operators. Additionally, the entrepreneurial energy associated with strong founder/owner involvement creates an exciting momentum for the entire system. Franchisees can easily get the ear of senior management and other owners and we believe the relationships that develop from this personal contact ultimately contributes to strong system and brand loyalty among all associated with the brand.
International Franchise Requirements
Type of International Agreements
We will award Area Development rights for a major city or region within a country. Area Developer would be required to open and operate a minimum of two units. Area Developer cannot sub-franchise and would pay franchise fees and on-going royalties.
Area Developer Qualifications:
1. If you are a Restaurant Owner/Operator looking to convert your restaurants to a North American casual dining concept, we would like to meet with you.
2. If you are a Food Distributor or Food Manufacturing company and would like to have an exciting North American Food concept of your own, we would like to meet with you..
3. If you are an Individual with the vision to see the Buffalo's/Bison Bar & Grill concept in your country we would like to meet with you.
We will consider a Master Licensing Agreement with an established Master Franchisee with a record of success with a recognized brand or brands.
Area Development Fees:
Minimum fee - $120,000 US:
Franchise Fee of $50,000 each for Two Restaurants = $100,000
Development Fee of $10,000 each for Two Restaurants = $20,000
5% of Gross Revenue
1% for Creative Advertising
28 Days in Atlanta, Georgia (USA)
Two Restaurant Managers (English Speaking)
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