Johnny’s Bistro sprouted from a small burger stall in the town centre of Diósd, south of Budapest. Founded by Johny Cruz Jr born in Puerto Rico, living in California, then moved to Hungary. The bistro in the beginning was fully relying on the local international community and the American school in the neighborhood.
Started as a one man show, but soon more workforce was needed. Ben was hired, and something has started.
The place started to be getting more popular month by month. Local customers started to become regulars, and word of mouth helped us spread the word to other areas too.
Johnny had to go back to America, and moved to Hawaii. This time Ben took over the business as he finished university. This is how we become a family business, then later a franchise business. Today you find us in 4 locations, throughout the country.
We have some interesting stories behind each of our colleagues.
On a sunny day Ben went out for a nice burger ( what else would he eat) . He soon realized that the young man preparing his burger had amazing talent in making beast burgers.He quickly told him that he is welcome to come and check out Jonnhy’s and potentially work for us. Well guess what, this was 3 years ago, and to this day he works at Johnny’s.
Once we had a customer, who was very satisfied with our food, the conversation went on and on. So we didn’t hesitate , we asked if he currently had a job, he replied no. Today he still works for us.
We have always liked talking about Johnny’s , and building the team , so our good friend, our neighbour also decided to strengthen the team.
A really good story I can recall is how we got acquainted with our Manager for Johnny’s Buda. We were out with some friends on a weekend excursion , trying out the most amazing wines , from some local wine producers. So while we were there we got to talk to a new friend who we have just met that weekend through my wife’s family, she has been with us for 3 years, hopefully many more to come.
This is where things get crazy, one day an old friend from my childhood reached out to me , asking out franchise potentials , at the time I didn’t think much of it. To my surprise it was the beginning of Johnny’s Veszprém.
Everyone takes different paths throughout life, but at the end of the day our heart beats for Johnny’s and we are always up for a beer pong championship with the guys.
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