History of the Franchise
Shabu-shabu was first introduced in Osaka, Japan in the 20th Century. Shabu-shabu is a Japanese style of hotpot. Similar to a sukiyaki, shabu-shabu uses thinly sliced meat and vegetables cooked in broth and served with several dipping sauces. Directly translated, Shabu-shabu means to swish-swish referring to the swishing action when you cook a thin slice of meat in the hot broth.
Shabu-shabu is known to be the best way to eat high-quality beef. The art of eating Japanese shabu-shabu was usually a long process and it was only recently when restaurants began to modernize shabu-shabu. On August 2004, two Japanese entrepreneurs—Eiichi Mochizuki and Koji Kikura opened the first Shabuway Japanese Hot Pot Restaurant in San Mateo, California.
A year after their first branch, they opened Shabuway Mountain View, California on December 2005. With a bigger space, they were able to serve bigger parties, satisfying over 400 customers daily at each location. Their third location opened January 2011 in San Jose California and currently three more new locations are slated to open in the Bay Area this year alone.
The Philippines was fortunate enough to be one of the first to inquire about franchising and our company was able to secure Master Franchise rights for the Philippines and on June 23, 2011 Ganso-Shabuway opened their doors in Manila for the first time.
The Shabuway Experience
With young blood managing Ganso-Shabuway Philippines, we have conceptualized a business model that focuses on superior product development, concept execution and business development. We plan to streamline a menu and operation, that quite simply put—focuses on doing one thing better than anybody else. With the simplicity of the menu and the overall concept, we leverage the business with high efficiency, premium quality and excellent service.
Location, Location, Location
Ganso-Shabuway Philippines is the first franchise of the Shabuway USA group and last June 23, 2011 the first Philippine branch opened their doors to the public. Located at Greenbelt 5, Ganso-Shabuway was well received and easily became the new addiction. On December 2011, Ganso-Shabuway opened their second branch at the Power Plant Mall, Rockwell Center, on March 22, 2012 the third location opened at Ayala Alabang Town Center and our newest branch opened on April 20 2013 at the East Wing Shangri-la Plaza.