This Couple Started A Burger Biz For Just P10K And Now It Has 8 Branches

IMAGE Instagram/uncleroysuperburger and Facebook/Uncle Roy's

Roy Carlo Villegas had a simple dream: to launch a startup burger business.

As there were no gourmet burger shops in Calamba, Laguna back in 2015, Roy felt this presented the perfect opportunity. 

"Sabi ng wife ko, 'Why not pursue it?'" Roy tells the OG team. "So she supported me on that. Goal namin at first makilala muna yung traditional namin na recipe sa madla." 

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With just one staff, Roy started Uncle Roy's in the city. But things were bleak in the beginning.

"Nag-start kami na mga natumba ng bagyo yung mga upuan namin, yung kariton namin nasa kalsada lang, ni-repair lang, so gano'n talaga yung start nung burger [shop]." Roy recalls. 

"For three months, wala talaga kaming kita," he adds. "Actually, parang tulak pa kami kasi walang naniniwala diyan, e, kasi gawa ng nagulat yung Calamba, P70 isang burger lang. So hindi nila maintindihan bakit ganyan yung presyo mo."

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With patience and determination, Roy's hard work paid off. People got to sample Uncle Roy's tasty burger recipe, which Roy says he inherited from his mom. In 2015, they started with the basics: Classic, Cheese, Bacon, Signature, and Hungarian burgers. Eventually, they added more menu items, such as fries, nachos, and salads.

"There's no research, there's no special ingredient," Roy reveals. "Kamay ng pagmamahal ang tawag do'n."

Booming business

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With an initial capital of just P10,000, Roy and Jingle were able to earn as much as P37,000 a day. Today, Uncle Roy's earns P300,000 a month from its eight branches all over Luzon. There are two new branches in Batasan, Quezon City, and Dasmariñas, Cavite. 

"Siyempre, nadagdagan na lang namin 'yon along the way, pero do'n lang talaga nag-start," Roy explains. "Now, siguro gross niya would go in a million sa eight stores."

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This May 2022, Uncle Roy's is now officially open for franchise, for an initial investment of P170,000.

"'Yon ang objective namin, to share the food to everyone and to share the blessings or the system that we have para maranasan niyo rin yung what we have experienced," Roy says.

Step backward to move forward

Jingle owes their business's success to staying focused no matter what the circumstances.

"Though there are challenges along the way, stay focused," Jingle advises aspiring business owners. "'Wag lang matakot gumawa ng mistakes 'cause 'yon yung mga lessons mo."

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"You have to move always forward and mali yung sinasabi nilang, 'Wag kang mag-move backward'," Roy emphasizes. "In order to move forward, you have to realize kung ano yung mga naging past mali mo."

For franchise inquiries, visit Uncle Roy's Facebook page.

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