Buka di Beppo is an American restaurant chain specializing in Italian-American food.
The name roughly translates to “Joe’s Basement” ( buca , which literally means “hole”, may be a slang term for a basement or basement, and Beppo is a rare spelling of the nickname for “Giuseppe,” the Italian form of “Joseph” , in southern Italy, since most used spelling – Beppe ).
Chain 92 (87 company-owned, 5 UK privileges) institutions are owned by Buca, Inc. , which in turn belongs to Planet Hollywood .
The chain is known for its antique photographs, hung closely located throughout the restaurant; it is said that they have more than 2,500 paintings. The toilets feature recorded ambient sounds – women laughing and speaking Italian in the men’s room and vice versa in the women’s room.
Food at Buka di Beppo is a family-style meal, each item served to order and shared among the dining party. Some locations also have a lunch menu, showing pieces of a single size.
Each room in Buka is themed, and all restaurants have a pope table – the largest single table, around, in a room separately, with the crisis of the pope as the main center.
In addition, most locations have a table, usually sticks to the wall, directly opposite the main kitchen, in which the waiter and cooks will talk with you and allow you to try many dishes.
In an attempt to boost sales during 2005, Buka introduced Buka Mia , referring to “My Basement,” a menu with less-expensive parts for two.
The first restaurant was opened on the basement level of a Minneapolis apartment building in 1993. Five restaurants operated in 1996, and 20 in 1999, when Buca, Inc.
The chain continued to grow, but began to hit some rough spots several years later. Declines in business activity rose, and in 2005, the US Securities and Exchange Commission began researching the company under securities laws.
Two senior officials left the company, three Bucci di Beppo sites were closed, and the company described those restaurants and the Winnie T chain as “discontinued operations” in 4 quarter 2005 revenue statements.
However, on May 22, 2006, the company announced that it would keep Winnie T’s stores, but convert them to Bucci di Beppo locations. September 25, 2006 Buca, Inc. sold them 11 Winnie T from Boston restaurants to Bertucci Corporation for $ 6.8 million.
On June 7, 2006, three former Buca executives were charged with stealing more than $ 200,000 from the company.
On August 5, 2008, Planet Hollywood’s parent company , Planet Hollywood International, Inc., agreed to buy the Buca network for $ 28.5 million. Under the terms of the agreement, Buca became a wholly owned subsidiary of Planet Hollywood.
In 2012, Buka di Beppo relocated its corporate offices from Minneapolis, Minnesota to Orlando, Florida.