June 11, 2013 // Franchising.com // Toronto, Canada - Big Smoke Burger, Toronto’s dominant better burger brand, is rapidly penetrating the U.S. markets, having already signed multi-unit deals for major metro areas such as New York City, Chicago, Detroit and Denver.
Cameron Tune of JCT Management Company, LLC, the franchisee for the Denver/Boulder metro areas, recently signed a 5- unit deal in which he plans to open one per year over the next five years, starting with his first unit which is set to open June of 2013.
Tune signed a lease in Phase II of the City Set project, a major commercial development in the Cherry Creek area of Denver. While Phase I of the project has been around for some time, Phase II of the project is still in development, making Big Smoke Burger and Tune first movers on this A+ site. This phase of the project is set to include a hotel, a World of Beer and 6 restaurants.
Tune’s GM for the first unit, Ken King, has over 40 years of restaurant business experience in the roles of owner, consultant, and CEO, and is recognized in the industry as an expert in restaurant design, development and operations.
When asked why he chose Big smoke Burger, and what he thought would make it successful in his market, Tune said, “The better burger market in Colorado is immature compared to the rest of the country. I was immediately attracted to the business model which consisted of simple menu/operations, positive cash flow, and product superiority at a reasonable value.”
Big Smoke Burger currently has six corporate locations open, but their franchise expansion took off worldwide after partnering with Fransmart and signing major deals in 2012 for both the U.S. and the Middle East, as well as master franchise deals in 2013 for the UAE and the KSA.
Big Smoke Burger presents a refined approach to fast casual dining, offering gourmet handcrafted burgers made fresh daily using only the freshest, never frozen beef, as well as other unique protein options like chicken and lamb burgers. Their side dishes include the Canadian tradition – “poutine”, and their signature, homemade sauces and their practice of flame broiling give the burgers a delicious, distinctive flavor that sets them apart in the crowded burger segment.
Founded in 2007 by Mustafa Yusuf, a restaurant industry vet whose experience includes deep management experience with The Keg Steakhouse & Bar, Big Smoke Burger currently has 6 corporate locations open in Toronto (including 2 mall food court locations and 1 travel plaza location) and is planning aggressive expansion throughout North America and select international markets. The concept was recruited by both HMS Host and Cadillac Fairview, two prestigious names in the retail services industry, for a travel plaza location on one of Ontario’s busiest highways as well as a prime spot in one of Canada’s largest malls.
Please visit Fransmart for more information on Big Smoke Burger franchising opportunities: http://fransmart.com/big-smoke-burger-franchise.html.
SOURCE Big Smoke Burger