Opening a brand new franchise in the greater Seattle area is Ken Wong, whose decade long background in manufacturing consulting and two years in project managing will serve him well as he launches the Seattle Teddy’s. His father owned a restaurant in Kamloops, Canada, and spent almost 40 years in the food service industry. For Wong, the food service industry has always been about family working toward the same goals together, part of what attracted him to the Teddy’s franchise.
“The first time I had a Teddy’s burger was three years ago in Honolulu,” Wong said. “My sister took me there on my first trip to Hawaii and told me about how amazing it was. Of course I was a little bit skeptical, but as soon as I took a bite, I said ‘Wow, this is the best burger I’ve had in my life'!”
A few years later, Wong found out that there was a Teddy’s in Woodinville, near Seattle and made a beeline to the restaurant for lunch, where he found out about the franchise opportunity.
Wong plans to work closely with Seattle’s sister location, Woodinville, to build the Teddy’s brand one step at a time and create a strong, family-oriented following of families with children who are looking for a spot with a fun personality and quality food. Wong’s Seattle branch joins Iowa City as the two newest franchises to sign on with the Hawaii-based Teddy’s Bigger Burgers brand, along with planned franchises in the newly opened California territories of San Diego, Orange County, Los Angeles and the Bay Area.
Iowa City franchise head Sandy Ting, a business finance major, grew up in the restaurant industry. Her family owns King’s Red Lantern Chinese restaurant in Iowa and has been in the restaurant business for over 20 years, which makes her a perfect fit for the Teddy’s Bigger Burgers family.
“A friend took me out to eat at Teddy’s while I was visiting the island,” Ting said, “and I loved it! Everything was fresh and had a great taste to it. The meat was moist and juicy, and it didn’t have that oily taste. I actually saw the franchise poster while we were eating and started looking at regions they were promoting, and noticed that Iowa was one of them.”
Ting is optimistic about the reception that Teddy’s will get in Iowa, and plans to cater to the diverse University of Iowa community with a location close to campus. “I think people will love it,” she said. “It’s something that hasn’t been introduced in the area before, and it will be refreshing. We want to find the right fit with the university community and make sure that the first Teddy’s in Iowa creates a lasting impression."
“Ken and Sandy, we are proud to be a part of your future, and we look forward to achieving great things together,” said co-owner Ted Tsakiris. “Our goal is to continue expanding in the next few years, with five to six new stores on Oahu. We are excited to announce that our newest territory offering is California where we feel that development will be robust.”
Teddy’s Bigger Burgers, started in Hawaii in 1998, currently operates several popular locations on Oahu, and is looking to expand to the Outer Islands and the mainland, primarily in the Pacific Northwest. The Teddy’s brand is built on the premise of a 50’s style, high-energy burger joint that features 100 percent ground chuck flame-broiled burgers, old-fashioned extra thick shakes, consistently excellent customer service and unique local flavors and custom concoctions in every franchise.
Contact Teddy’s Bigger Burgers for information about franchise opportunities.