Bubbakoo’s Burritos, a Jersey Shore-based eatery that touts Mexican food fused with American flavor, is expanding into neighboring New York. Inking two separate development deals for the Empire State, the emerging brand has set its sights on regional development.
While no leases have been signed, the development deals call for locations in Staten Island and in Rockland County. Both locations are expected to be open by summer 2019.
“While pizza may be the reigning king in New York, burritos and tacos are quickly coming for the throne,” says Paul Altero, co-founder and –owner of Bubbakoo’s Burritos, along with partner Bill Hart. “We have seen this trend grow and grow and knew we had to meet this demand with our flavorful and unique menu. New York is on the verge of a taco revolution, and we are thrilled to play our part in it.”
Bubbakoo’s Burritos offers the usual fast-casual burrito fare such as burritos, bowls, tacos, salad, nachos, and quesadillas, but with 16 different protein options—including fried chicken, barbecue pork, Buffalo shrimp, and grilled steak, as well as some more unusual flavors such as ghost pepper chicken, and sriracha pork. Vegetarian options include a bean-cheese-guacamole combo. And, originals such as The Chiwawa, a cheese-smothered, panko-crusted fried rice ball, keeps Bubbakoo’s faithfuls coming back.
Beyond the menu, Bubbakoo’s offers an environment like no other, with décor reflecting the eatery’s Shore roots, inviting guests to enjoy a host of regional beachside designs, and unmatched service standards that truly make the restaurants feel like home.
“Unlike other fast-casual chains, we put the focus on an interactive, high-quality customer experience with superior food,” says Hart, co-founder and –owner of the brand. “As we continue growing beyond our home turf in New Jersey, we are confident that our franchise partners will provide the same service we are known for and will help bring new faces into Bubbakoo’s restaurants.”
According to Altero and Hart, Bubbakoo’s has several locations in various stages of development, with plans to open 10 additional locations in 2019. The chain is looking for experienced and qualified franchisees to continue expanding the brand’s presence in New Jersey and the Tri-State area.