One of the Lone Star State’s most famous barbecue restaurants has signed on Houston-based Charter Franchise Group to set the business up as a franchise.
Buzzy’s BBQ, the acclaimed Kerrville restaurant named one of the top barbecue spots in the state by Texas Monthly, is now legally authorized to begin selling franchise locations, according to C. Keith Hudson, President of Charter. His firm began the extensive process of creating the franchise late last year.
The famed barbecue destination in central Texas owned by Kerrville native Harold E. “Buzzie” Hughes and his wife first opened its doors 18 years ago. Hughes, who has been cooking barbecue all his life, used to do backyard barbecues, but 200 people or more showed up every time word got out he was cooking. In 1993, his wife, Brenda, finally said, “Enough is enough! Either you open a barbecue place or start collecting donations for these little gatherings. This is costing us a !#$&!* fortune.”
Wisely, he took her advice and within five months, transformed an old grocery and feed store located in Comfort, Texas into a barbecue restaurant.
Five years later, in January 1998, Buzzie expanded into Kerrville, Texas, in the heart of the Hill Country. His business grew along with his reputation. Texas Monthly Magazine named it as one of the 50 Best Barbecue Joints in the state.
Although a fire in 2007 forced the closing of the original location, Buzzie and Brenda have been extremely successful running the Kerrville restaurant and catering business. It had taken on a completely new look. They describe their barbecue as “taste-bud-pleasing, home-boy barbecue.” It is prepared over a mix of oak and mesquite wood, using spices that will stay Buzzie’s secret.
Founded by Hudson, Charter Franchise Services is fast becoming the state’s go-to company for creating franchises. It is one of a very few full-service franchising companies in South and Midwest. Among its current clients are La Paletera, with nearly three dozen locations open or under development in Texas and Louisiana; the famed Burger House in Dallas, Wing It Wings of El Paso and Luciano’s Express, a well-known concept in San Antonio with thirteen locations, including one in Las Vegas, Nevada. It is one of several Luciano concepts, all run by the Centofanti brothers in San Antonio.
The company has just completed franchising Digg’s Tacos, a brand new Dallas brisket taco concept by Jeff Payne of the legendary Cousin’s BBQ family and Joey Milan, a veteran Fort Worth restaurateur, partner in Cousin’s and one of the founders of Cabo’s in Houston. The prototype store is located at 6309 Hillcrest Ave. in University Park.
And in Phoenix, Health Care Practice Partners LLC is now offering franchise opportunities for its business concept. The company provides administrative services for medical practices.
Hudson is one of a select group of national business men and women to achieve the title of Certified Franchise Executive through the prestigious Institute of Certified Franchise Executives. He currently serves on the IFA’s Franchise Political Action Committee and on its Membership Committee.
For more information on Charter and its clients, call 713-622-9500 or visit the web site, www.charterfranchisegroup.com.