BBQ, led by its Chairman Yoon Hong-geun, announced on Sept. 8 that it was ranked 5th in the list of the fastest-growing restaurant brands in the United States, published by the Nation's Restaurant News, a global food service magazine.
The Nation’s Restaurant News, published in 1956, is a news outlet for the restaurant industry and a medium with a lot of subscribers and credibility.
Based on the number of stores, annual sales, and sales per store compared to the previous year, 25 food service brands that recorded rapid growth in the United States were selected.
BBQ is the only Korean franchise that has entered overseas markets.
BBQ's growth in the U.S. has accelerated since the outbreak of COVID-19 in early 2020. This is because the untact culture and demand for delivery have continued to increase due to COVID-19.
In particular, the BSK (BBK Smart Kitchen)-type business model, which has achieved great results based on its know-how that has been successful as a delivery and packaging store in Korea, has recently begun to attract attention in the local area, gaining momentum in store expansion.
A BBQ official said, “Recently, it has been gaining popularity among entrepreneurs in North America, such as the United States and Canada, and is recording outstanding performance and rapid growth.”
BBQ is currently operating in 15 states, including major regions in the United States such as New York, New Jersey, California, Texas, and Illinois.
Currently, about 90 stores are in operation, and if you include those that are being prepared, the number of stores in the US alone will increase to 150 within this year. There are 250 stores in North America, including Canada.
A BBQ official said, "The announcement of the Nation’s Restaurant News is a splendid achievement after continuous challenges since entering the United States in 2006.”