Buca History 101: From Humble Origins to Global Dining Destination
Often when families are gathered around the dinner table, there are discussions of family history. Children are excited to hear about how grandparents met, where they’ve lived, and how their family grew. Since we consider all of our guests family, we thought we’d share our family story about Buca’s origins, and how we grew from a single location to over 100 restaurants across the globe.
In 1993 the first Buca di Beppo location opened in the basement level (“Buca di Beppo” roughly translates to “Joe’s Basement”) of a downtown Minneapolis apartment building. Emphasizing family-style dining for large groups in a fun atmosphere, the restaurant was an immediate hit with local diners. Originally owned by Parasole Restaurant Holdings Inc., Buca spun off to 5 restaurants in 1996 as the concept grew. Guests were charmed by our themed rooms, thousands of vintage photographs covering every wall in our restaurants, and fun details like recorded sounds of men and women laughing and conversing in Italian in the restrooms. We knew the importance of gathering around the dinner table and integrated a few special tables into each of our restaurants. Each location features a Pope table, which is the restaurant’s largest table, in its own room, named for the centerpiece bust of the Pope. Also, most locations have a chef’s table, usually inset to the wall, directly across from the main kitchen, where the waiters and chefs will chat with guests and bring you samples of the kitchen’s magnificent dishes. These unique rooms, tables, and details drew guests to return over and over again. But of course our food became the star of the show. With each menu item offered à la carte and served family style, our dishes are all shared among each dining party. The portions are plentiful and just like any successful family dinner, no one ever leaves hungry.
Our family of restaurants continued to grow and change. In 1999, when we had 20 restaurants, Buca, Inc. went public on the NASDAQ stock exchange. We steadily added new locations across the United States as demand grew for our delicious Italian inspired dishes. In 2008, Planet Hollywood International, Inc., purchased the Buca chain and in 2011, we moved our corporate office headquarters from the Minneapolis Hyatt Regency hotel to sunny Orlando, Florida. Now, in 2016, we boast 96 restaurants in the United States, 5 restaurants in the United Kingdom, and 2 restaurants in Abu Dhabi! We are so proud of all of our restaurants and so thankful that you choose to bring your family and friends to each of our locations throughout the year. When you come to Buca, you know that you will be treated like family at each location. The next time you want to tell your own family’s history, come to Buca where your table is always ready.
Attention Leaplings! Buca’s Got a Birthday Gift for You!
It is estimated that almost 4 million people across the globe celebrate their birthdays on February 29. Most “leaplings” or “leap year babies” thus celebrate their birthday on either February 28 or March 1, except every four years when their true birth date comes around. Since 2016 is a leap year, Buca wants to celebrate by offering these special birthday guests a free spaghetti and meatball plate when they visit between February 26 – 29. We want to celebrate guests who only celebrate their birthday on their true birth date 25% of the time by offering a 100% authentic Italian birthday meal.
How are leap years added?
It takes the Earth approximately 365.242189 days (365 days, 5 hours, 48 minutes, and 45 seconds) to circle once around the Sun. However, our calendar has only 365 days in a year. The remaining 6 hours are added as a single day to the calendar every four years. If we didn’t add a day every four years, we would lose almost six hours off our calendar each year and after 100 years, our calendar would be off by 24 days.
Where does the term “leap year” come from?
The name “leap year” comes from the fact that while a fixed date on our calendar normally advances one day of the week from one year to the next, in a leap year the day of the week will advance two days due to extending February to 29 days rather than the common 28. The extra day added at the end of February “leaps over” one of the days in the week.
What are your chances of being born on leap day?
The chance of being born on a leap day is one in 1,461, since four years equals 1,460 days plus one day for the leap year. It is estimated that almost 187,000 people in the United States were born on a leap day.
If you have a leap year birthday come celebrate your birthday with Buca. Every day is a celebration at Buca di Beppo but our free spaghetti and meatball plate will have leaplings truly leaping for joy! Dine in with us this February 26 – 29 and bring a valid ID showing your 2/29 birthdate to receive a free spaghetti with meatball plate.
Check Your Calendar for Upcoming Catering Needs
Every year brings about multiple opportunities for celebrations. As you look ahead in your 2016 calendar you will see that you probably have a few already scheduled. Start your planning now by calling Buca to discuss our wide variety of catering options. Our Party Pans feed 20 hungry adults and most of our selections are also offered as half pans. Mix and match all your favorites to create a mouthwatering catered event perfect for any occasion or crowd. Do you have any of these events coming up on your calendar?
Anniversaries and Birthdays: Whether a surprise or planned gathering, these happy occasions are reasons to celebrate with more than just cake.
Bridal and Baby Showers: Let’s face it….tea sandwiches are not enough to feed a hungry crowd of happy ladies.
Wedding receptions: Scrumptious Buca specialties will keep your guests fueled up for all of that dancing!
Graduation Parties: While you’re sniffling about them not being little kids anymore, remember that when their friends arrive at the party, they’re bringing their adult sized appetites!
Religious Celebrations: When family and friends gather after the celebration, offer a selection they are sure to love!
Sports Teams Events: After school gatherings or before the big game, raise the team’s spirit with a spread of their Italian favorites.
Office:Catering from Buca saves time and energy. Perfect for a formal business lunch or a celebratory office party, our dishes fit any occasion.
Retirement: Gather the retiree’s family, friends, and coworkers to celebrate all their years of hard work.
Holidays: They creep up fast. Save yourself the stress of cooking at a few of your events this year and start a new tradition of a Buca catered meal.
Most of our restaurants can deliver within a 10 mile radius for Buca Catering orders exceeding $100*. If you are outside this area, arrange a curbside pick-up and our staff will be sure that your order is hot and ready at your requested time. If you find yourself faced with a spontaneous event or need to feed a large group fast, give us a 3 hour notice and we can meet almost any order you have. We supply everything you need to serve and enjoy your specially catered meal: napkins, serving and dining ware, and plastic plates. Catering is easy and delicious when you partner with Buca! Give us a call or order online!
*with an additional $25 Delivery Fee
Check Your Calendars Schedule Banquet Space For All of Your Upcoming Events
Have you thought about any upcoming events you have scheduled for 2016 where you are going to need a gathering space? At Buca di Beppo our fantastic banquet rooms are always party-ready and can accommodate any size group and any type of gathering. Uniquely decorated, comfortable, and inviting, Buca is perfect for hosting a large banquet or an intimate gathering. Combining the look of an authentic Italian bistro with your favorite neighborhood hangout, you’re sure to impress your guests with your party’s Italian flair.
Here are a few events where you should consider booking a banquet space with Buca:
Anniversaries and Birthdays: Don’t wait for a “milestone” year, start a new yearly tradition by celebrating everyone’s marriages and births at Buca.
Bridal and Baby Showers: Bring on the gifts and games! Our banquet rooms have plenty of space to make paper wedding dresses and see who can change a baby doll’s diaper the fastest.
Wedding receptions: We’re a banquet hall and caterer all in one!
Graduation Parties: The whole family is traveling in and they’re hungry!
Religious Celebrations: From baptisms to bat and bar Mitzvahs, Buca is here to feed your family and friends after the ceremony.
Sports Teams Events:Awards banquets, senior send-offs, or a gathering or your local league all have one thing in common….athletes have big appetites!
Office: From meetings to business luncheons to office and corporate parties, Buca’s fun ambience will be appreciated by your colleagues and coworkers.
Retirement:Is this the year that a loved one or a colleague is retiring? Celebrate their years of hard work with a gathering of family, friends, and coworkers.
Holidays: It’s not too soon to be thinking of this year’s holidays and end of year celebrations.
No matter the sort of banquet you have in mind, when you book with Buca, you are getting the spirit of Italian culture, meaning stellar service and fabulous food. Our family-style portions are ideal for sharing and our deliciously diverse menu provides you plenty of options to choose from for your event. You can personalize your special event to your exact preferences, knowing that you will always receive impeccably created Italian cuisine and five-star service from our amazing staff. Several of our locations also offer bar packages and drink ticket packages to include cocktails, beer, and wine in your celebrations.
Call us today to reserve one of our banquet rooms for your next event. After establishing the number of people attending, date and time, our staff will work with you to make sure every detail of the menu is perfect for your party. We are experienced in a wide range of social, religious and cultural events, can work with your budget, and are able to meet a wide variety of needs. Whatever the specifics of your event, we promise to make sure that everyone has a wonderful time!
The Way to the Heart is Through the Stomach Celebrate Valentine’s Day with Buca di Beppo
Valentine’s Day is fast approaching, meaning it is time to make some final decisions on how you want to enjoy this special holiday. One of the top ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day is with a memorable meal. While some high-pressure, stuffy restaurants offer a fancy menu with tiny portions and giant price tags, at Buca di Beppo you can expect the exact opposite. We offer plentiful portions at reasonable prices, in a warm, welcoming environment that everyone loves.
Buca’s alluring ambience, complete with lots of fun and unique decorations, is ideal for a cozy Valentine’s Day. Using only the finest and freshest ingredients, our authentic Italian dishes are cooked to order and served family-style, making them perfect for sharing. Toast to your sweetie with a specialty drink from our full bar, start with an appetizer and salad, or dive right into one of our enormous entrees. You and your date are sure to find a favorite or specialty you love on our diverse menu. Whatever you decide on for your meal, be sure to leave room for one of our decadent desserts. Our freshly baked brownies, amazing chocolate chip cookies, or magical chocolate chip cannoli will end your romantic celebration on the perfect sweet note of amore!
This Valentine’s weekend celebrate your love by creating a connection and savoring delicious memories together over a Buca di Beppo lunch or dinner. We open at 11 a.m. on Valentine’s Day, ready to serve you and your loved ones a fantastic, filling Italian meal. Make a reservation at the best restaurant for Valentine’s Day dinner today because our spots fill up fast!
If you are looking to make your own romantic dinner for two, bring home the love by picking up Buca to Go and setting up a candlelit dinner or a romantic picnic, before you cuddle up with a romantic movie. If you are looking to include the whole family, our dishes are loved by even the pickiest of eaters, making them perfect for the kids. If you and your friends have decided to have a big party, (our Party Pans feed 20 hungry adults) or a smaller get-together (half pans feed 10) we can meet your needs.
Whether you join us at one of our restaurants or take some of our delicious dishes home for a romantic evening or a fun dinner with your friends or the whole family, we look forward to being a part of your special day. Celebrate your family, friendships, and romance with Buca this Valentine’s Day! Call us today for your reservation! And don’t forget Buca to Go if you prefer to pick up your romantic dinner.
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