American restaurant franchising company FAT Brands plans to open the first dual-branded Fatburger and Buffalo’s Express Japanese location in Tokyo in April 2018.
Fatburger is a fast-casual restaurant that serves burgers, and Buffalo’s Express is a fast-casual chain known for its chicken wings, wing sauces, fries, sides, wraps, salads and desserts.
Representing the start of FAT Brands’ international expansion, the new Fatburger and Buffalo’s Express restaurant will also feature the company’s bar concept, FatBar.
The new outlet will be located in the Shibuya 109 building, nearby Shibuya Crossing, the world’s busiest intersection.
FAT Brands CEO Andy Wiederhorn said: “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.
“In a buzzing city like Tokyo, it’s exciting to tap into a neighbourhood like Shibuya that hums with thousands of visitors daily. Similar to our other Asian restaurants, we expect this will become a popular destination for tourists and locals alike for lunch, drinks and after-work meetups.”
Additional agreements are expected to be executed in 2018 for Fatburger, Buffalo’s Express and the recently acquired Texas-based buffet company Ponderosa & Bonanza Steakhouses.
Fatburger and Buffalo’s Express have opened more than 200 stores in 20 countries, with recent locations in China, the UK and Panama.
FAT Brands has five restaurant brands, Fatburger, Buffalo’s Cafe, Buffalo’s Express and Ponderosa & Bonanza Steakhouses, which have approximately 300 locations under operation and 300 under development in 32 countries.