Bao Bros. Bistro

Asian-Fusion — Bao, Boba, Beer

Last Funded December 2020


raised from 64 investors


Return on Investment - Revenue Share Note (1.5X Multiple) + SAFE Note
Social Impact - Goal to invest 20% of corporate profits back into communities
High Growth Potential - Potential expansion through franchise model and grocery stores
Strategic Location - 5 Mi. Radius Population: ~343,336; Median HHI: ~$94,290; ~100,345 Cars/Day

Featured Investor

Our Founder

I have always been passionate about food and empowering others to achieve their full potential. Starting a restaurant chain allows me to bring cultures and flavors of the world to people and communities that otherwise may not have an opportunity to experience them. It also allows me to show working class individuals a new business model that cares.

The Restaurant Revolution

When Passions Collide
I've always had a passion for food and empowering others. Food has the power to bring people from all different walks of life together. My first job at the age of 15 was a busboy in a local country-style restaurant. It was there I learned the value of a dollar and started to develop a love for the industry. Since then I've been a cashier, waiter, barista, line cook, and even General Manager of all kinds of different restaurants from food trucks to fine dining. My perspective has changed a great deal over the years, but one thing that never changed was my love for sharing great food with people. Fast forward 11 years into the future and the passions have finally had a full on collision to manifest themselves into Bao Bros. Bistro.

Why does it all matter?

There are so many great flavors in the world, but oftentimes we are forced to choose between a set of dining options that could be boiled down to burgers, chicken, or pizza. Fact: over 30% of all quick service restaurants are burger focused. Now I love a juicy burger just as much the next guy, but do we really need that many burger joints? I'm on a mission to take my favorite sandwich (the bao bun) discovered during my time living in Hong Kong and pack it with flavors that showcase the amazing diversity of the country (and world) we live in.

What's this "empowering" stuff all about?

As I mentioned earlier, aside from food I've always been passionate about empowering others. At its most basic level empowering literally means "to give power to". So how do you give power to historically low wage employees and communities? Simple, invest in them. Investments of time will be as direct as training and development (for employees) and volunteering (for communities). Monetary investments for us will be done through profit sharing. Employees who understand the direct connection between their efforts to drive sales and control costs, their paycheck, and the profits the business earns are more likely to act like owners. When employees act like owners, everyone wins.

From Dream to Reality

After more than ten years of dreaming and planning for the restaurant we finally started construction in late April of this year. The team has grown to encompass a talented former GM of Panera Bread and a chef with over 40 years of global experience, but the mission is the same: to be the leading fast casual bao restaurant in the US powered by our people and our products.

A Community of Support

We already have over 1,700 combined followers on Instagram and Facebook and that number is growing daily. As a product of the community we are located in, we also have strong connections to local schools, businesses, churches, and many other institutions in the area that are all excited to be a part of our story and watch us grow.