Teddy's Bigger Burgers

Ones to Watch: Teddy’s Bigger Burgers

Most U.S. mainland residents have never been to a Teddy’s Bigger Burgers; those who have probably visited while on vacation. But that may soon change, as the Hawaii-based burger joint now has two mainland units and is poised for additional growth.

After the first Teddy’s opened in Honolulu in 1998, the brand grew slowly, adding two more stores in Hawaii by the end of 2003. Teddy’s started franchising in 2005 and now has five franchised stores—two in Hawaii and one each in Washington State, Iowa, and Japan.

Tourist Attraction

Travelers are spending more money than ever at restaurants.

Tourists and travelers flock to quick service restaurants like Teddy's in Hawaii
Tourists flock to one of Teddy's Bigger Burgers restaurants in Hawaii.

Tourists in the U.S. are spending more at restaurants than ever before, good news for quick-serve operators as summer vacationing enters its home stretch.

The National Restaurant Association (NRA) reported this year that tourism spending at restaurants in the U.S. is at an all-time high, with 15 percent of sales at quick serves stemming from tourist spending. Quick-service and fast-casual restaurants made up 34 percent of the total amount of tourism and travel restaurant spending in 2012.