If you’re craving a burrito that doesn’t quite fit the Tex-Mex mold – say, one filled with hibachi steak, shrimp, white rice and spring mix, served with sriracha ranch sauce – then get ready for Bubbakoo’s Burritos, a New Jersey-based eatery set to invade Kentucky with five locations in Louisville.
Bubbakoo’s Burritos began in 2008 with a single shop on the Jersey Shore in Point Pleasant, offering “Mexican food fused with American flavor.” With an aggressive franchising plan, Bubbakoo’s aims to have 50 locations in four states outside New Jersey by the end of the year in route to a goal of 500 restaurants nationwide.
The cross-cultural Bubbakoo’s menu features at least a dozen proteins, including a vegan Boca patty, with fourteen different toppings and eight sauces. Still more add-ons, extras and sides (salsas, tater tots, southwest won tons) are available.
In addition to packing burritos, Bubbakoo’s also smothers tacos, quesadillas, taco salad and a signature item called the chiwawa, described as “a lightly-fried, panko-crusted ball of white rice and cheese, smothered with nacho cheese or queso, your choice of meat and toppings.”
In QSR Magazine, Bubbakoo’s co-owner and co-founder Paul Altero previewed his restaurant’s arrival in Louisville.
“We are ecstatic to introduce Bubbakoo’s Burritos to the Louisville community. Louisville is an exciting city—full of culture, flavor and Southern hospitality. The qualities perfectly align with Bubbakoo’s Burritos’ unique Jersey Shore-vibe, renowned and innovative menu options, and excellent customer service.”
The article in QSR stated that the five new Louisville Bubbakoo’s will be owned and operated by the Paresh family, who are “excited to apply their experience to growing Bubbakoo’s Burritos in the state.”
Detailed information about future restaurant addresses and projected opening dates is not available at this time — and just in case you’re wondering, “Bubbakoo” was Altero’s nickname in college.