BBQ Boyz Managing Partner Jack Flechner sold several successful Five Guys franchises in South Florida before learning about the VooDoo brand.
BBQ Boyz, LLC is partially funding the Florida franchises with money from investors who are participating in the U.S. government’s EB-5 Visa program, which gives green cards to foreigners (and their families) who invest in a qualified EB-5 project. The visa is designed to stimulate the flow of money into the United States, while at the same time, create new jobs.
Each investment into BBQ Boyz varies, depending on the site and how much work must go into construction.
While Pembroke Pines will be the first store to open in South Florida, BBQ Boyz has signed leases in Delray Beach at 640 Atlantic Ave. and in Kendall at 8326 Mills Drive at the Palms Shops. The 3,000-square-foot Delray Beach restaurant, which is expected to open in February 2013, will have indoor and outdoor seating for more than 125 people. The 2,500-square-foot Kendall restaurant will seat approximately 60 inside and 25 outdoors, and is slated to open in March 2013.
BBQ Boyz is currently scouting for additional restaurant locations in Fort Lauderdale, Miami and Palm Beach areas to be opened in the next two years.
New Orleans-based Voodoo BBQ and Grill has franchises opening and under development in more than 56 cities and five states. It opened its first restaurant on Mardi Gras Day 2002 right on the parade route in New Orleans.
VooDoo BBQ & Grill serves brisket, chicken, pork, gumbo, PoBoy sandwiches, salads and burgers — all with the spice and magic of Louisiana. Its BBQ is hand-rubbed with authentic Louisiana spices and slow-smoked. Diners can choose from three signature BBQ sauces, as well as a menu of side dishes including Gris Gris Greens, Rattlesnake Beans, Corn Pudding, Zapp’s Potato Chips and Sweet Potato Souffle.