Many businesses have made a huge loss this year and even more have had to close. One of the hardest hit has been the restaurant industry and seeing more and more closures has been very hard.
But one eatery has actually done even better and is now looking to expand. Craig Batiste of Mr. Fries Man began selling his fries from his backyard four years ago with just $400 to make a go of it. He got a lot of local (and familial) support and sometime later
While the COVID-19 pandemic has hit small businesses hard, the restaurant Mr. Fries Man has been able to expand and franchise.
With $400 and support from his family and the community, Batiste and his wife Dorothy got to work selling fries. Around a year later they were able to open their first location in 2017 in Gardena, California without any bank loans or investors.
now there is a franchise in Los Angeles. Located at 3844 S Figueroa Street, this is part of the expansion that has resulted in an opening of 21 locations in 7 months. Batiste puts his success down to support from family and community and the work he does on social media which has resulted in 350,000 Instagram followers.