FAT Brands to open restaurants in Japan
Dec. 22, 2017
by MEAT+POULTRY Staff
LOS ANGELES – FAT (Fresh. Authentic. Tasty.) Brands Inc., parent company of Fatburger, The Last Great Hamburger Stand and Buffalo’s Express, will be opening its first location in Japan in April 2018. Tokyo’s Shibuya 109 building, steps away from the world’s busiest intersection – Shibuya Crossing – will be home to Fatburger and Buffalo’s Express restaurants and the company’s FatBar concept.
“When we open a new Fatburger or Buffalo’s Express location, especially a flagship in a new territory, we strive to find the most provocative, prominent locations possible,” said Andy Wiederhorn, CEO of FAT Brands. “In a buzzing city like Tokyo, it’s exciting to tap into a neighborhood like Shibuya that hums with thousands of visitors daily. Similar to our other Asian restaurants, we expect this will become a popular destination with tourists and locals alike for lunch, drinks and after-work meetups.”
The company plans to open more international locations of its Fatburger and Buffalo’s Express restaurants, in addition to its recently acquired Ponderosa & Bonanza Steakhouses. To date, the burger and chicken brands have opened and begun development on more than 200 stores in 20 different countries, with recent openings in China, the United Kingdom and Panama.