Spicing up the market
Mexican cuisine has taken the fast food industry by storm. Capitalising on this foodie trend, Morgan Davies and Paul Kilpatrick founded Barburrito, the UK’s first burrito bar chain, back in 2005. The duo were determined to put a fresh spin on this pre-existing restaurant concept and journeyed across North America to see what the world’s best burrito bars had to offer. Inspired by what they tasted, they set up shop in Manchester and later opened a further ten sites across the UK, each selling fresh, Mexican-inspired food in a fast-paced, casual dining environment.
“Talk to everyone you can to better understand your business model and the opportunities and challenges”
Morgan Davies, Co-founder, Barburrito
Embracing start-up culture helped Morgan and Paul get to where they are today. “Stay humble and inquisitive,” Morgan advises new businesses. “Talk to everyone you can to better understand your business model and the opportunities and challenges in your sector.” But don’t be afraid to dream big, he adds. “We have always strived to punch above our weight, aiming at an early stage to provide a brand, food and restaurant experience that would normally be associated with one of our sector leaders.”
Barburrito has doubled both its turnover and its workforce in the last 18 months, and, over the next two years, it aims to become a recognised national brand.
Morgan says: “We started the great burrito revolution in this country and we intend to keep growing and developing to become the UK’s most-loved burrito bar brand.”
- Sector: Food & Beverage
- Region: Greater Manchester