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Cobranded Fatburger, Buffalo’s Café Unit Opens in Pakistan

Fatburger and Buffalo’s Café opened their first cobranded location in Islamabad, Pakistan. BIL Foods brought the two restaurants to Pakistan’s capital. This will be the second location to be opened by BIL Foods, a food and beverage distributor whose first Fatburger unit opened in Karachi, Pakistan, in January 2013.

Playing with Fire

If there’s one sure sign of summer, it’s the sight of smoke rising and smell of food cooking from backyard grills. Grilling, in its most basic form, is as old as humans’ taming of fire. The concept of having structures hold food above the flames came along later.

Today, flame grilling is a method used by a number of restaurant operators to provide a particular taste that differentiates them from their competitors.

Out of the Ashes

While bankruptcy has its pitfalls, restaurant companies are increasingly finding that it also provides an opportunity for a fresh start.
Quick service chains file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy to save brand legacy.
Friendly's CEO John Maguire says the company has streamlined the menu, initiated store upgrades, and rolled out an employee training program since it filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in 2011.

Once slandered as the “B word,” bankruptcy is finding new life as an opportunity for new beginnings. Blue-chip brands like Eddie Bauer, Delta Air Lines, and the Chicago Cubs are among the list of house-hold business names that have filed for bankruptcy in modern times, times in which even city governments—the most notable being Detroit—have looked to bankruptcy to solve fiscal woes. Those once-bankrupt American institutions, along with more than 1 million personal bankruptcies each year, suggest that the “B word” may have has lost at least some of its bite.

Fatburger/Buffalo’s Capitalize on International Growth

Fatburger, a Hollywood–based burger concept, and Buffalo’s Café have signed a development deal with Eftech Lifestyle SDN BHD to bring ten co-branded Fatburger and Buffalo’s Express locations to Singapore.

Eftech Lifestyle SDN BHD is a food and beverage, real estate, oil and gas development conglomerate, which is presently involved in developing multiple units in Malaysia with both brands.

Think Global, Eat Local

In a globalized world, many quick-serve restaurants look to emerging markets in the Middle East, Asia, and other regions for new growth ventures. While these retailers strive to maintain the cornerstones of their brand, international menus can’t be carbon copies of the American originals. Regional flavors, religious dietary restrictions, and different suppliers all play a part in shaping unique dishes for consumers abroad.

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