L&L Hawaiian BBQ Founder Eddie Flores, Jr.'s Incredible Success Story
Company Added
Company Removed
Apply to Request List

L&L Hawaiian BBQ Founder Eddie Flores, Jr.'s Incredible Success Story

L&L Hawaiian BBQ Founder Eddie Flores, Jr.'s Incredible Success Story

While Hawaii is technically a part of the United States, culturally and historically it's still a world apart. So is Eddie Flores, Jr., the 72-year-old Filipino-Chinese founder of L&L Hawaiian BBQ.

You may not have heard of the popular Hawaiian brand, but it has close to 200 restaurants spread across Hawaii, California, Washington, Nevada, Arizona, Colorado, Oregon, Utah, Texas, New York, Tennessee, Guam, and Japan. On its website, the brand claims to be "the largest Hawaiian inspired restaurant chain in the world, and one of the largest restaurant chains serving Asian cuisine." And this past May, Entrepreneur rated it as the #1 Asian food franchise.

Not bad for a poor immigrant boy with a learning disability!

Here's a taste from a Forbes article about an incredible immigrant success story - not only of his success in business, but also of his phenomenal commitment and contributions to Hawaii's Filipino community, which numbers about 300,000:

"Flores' family moved to Hawaii from China when he was a youth, the eldest of seven children. His Filipino father, a musician, and Chinese mother have sixth-grade educations and were part of the middle class in Hong Kong. In Hawaii, his father worked as a janitor and his mother as a restaurant cashier and dishwasher to make ends meet.

That's what sparked Flores' entrepreneurial spirit. 'I told myself I'm not going to be poor,' he said.

But it wasn't easy for the 72-year-old, who had a learning disability and repeated grades four times in China. Still, he learned to be aggressive and business savvy, working in banks and then real estate. In a few years, he became a millionaire and bought a restaurant for his mom in 1976, which would eventually be the first L&L, and the birth of a food empire."

Published: September 11th, 2019

Share this Feature

LunchboxWax
SPONSORED CONTENT
LunchboxWax
SPONSORED CONTENT
LunchboxWax
SPONSORED CONTENT

Recommended Reading:

Comments:

comments powered by Disqus
Atmosphere
ADVERTISE SPONSORED CONTENT

FRANCHISE TOPICS

Angry Crab Shack
ADVERTISE SPONSORED CONTENT
Conferences
Caesar's Forum, Las Vegas
MAR 29-1ST, 2022

Featured Opportunities

Urban Air Adventure Park
Own a highly profitable business that impacts lives in your community by jumping into action as an Urban Air franchisee owner.
Roy Rogers Restaurants
Roy Rogers has built a loyal following across multiple generations by serving up quality and freshness that sets a new standard in QSR.
Pool Scouts
Pool Scouts is a refreshing take on the pool service industry, meeting the need for a more professional pool cleaning and maintenance solution in a...
Pokéworks
Founded in 2015 in a tiny grab-n-go and delivery location in Midtown Manhattan, Pokéworks® has quickly established itself as the...
Celebree School
At Celebree Schools, our child care franchise delivers a safe, nurturing, friendly, state-of-the-art learning environment that fosters a solid...

Share This Page

Subscribe to Our Newsletters