What Happened To Buena Papa After Shark Tank?

Buena Papa is a French fry bar franchise with Colombian-inspired and Latin flavors. This food business was started by husband and wife James Windon and Johanna Windon in 2021, right after the Covid-19 pandemic.

Before this food business, they were doing a cleaning business called Maid in Raleigh but due to Covid-19, they had to shut down their business. One night in 2020, they made the traditional Colombian dish “Bandeja Paisa” to give their family a special treat.

The main ingredients for making the dish were chorizo (Colombian sausage), chicharrón (fried pork belly), and frijoles (beans) but they forgot the rice. After this Buena Papa was born.

They started making this dish with different flowers for several weeks and were successful in it. In 2021, they opened their first bar in Raleigh, North Carolina and it became popular quickly.

This Buena Papa French Fry Bar is available at 4 locations, 2 are available in Raleigh, 1 is in Durham and 1 is in Miami. They want to expand their business further, James and Johanna appeared on Shark Tank Season 15 Episode 4 to ask for help from the sharks.

What Is Buena Papa?

Buena Papa is a French fry bar franchise business inspired by Colombian culture. Buena Papa means “good potato” in Spanish. Most people know this brand as a French fry specialist.

They have French fries in different flavors like Colombiano, Mexicano, Boricua, Americano, Italiano, Griego, Carolina, Healthy, and More. Passion Fruit & BlackBerry are their two signature drinks.

Company NameBuena Papa
FounderJames Windon and Johanna Windon
ProductFrench fry bar franchise Business
Asked For$400k for 7% equity
Final Deal$400k for 19% equity
SharkRobert Herjavec Robert Herjavec
Episode (Shark Tank USA)S15 E4
Air DateOct 20, 2023
Business StatusIn Business
WebsiteVisit Website
HeadquartersRaleigh, North Carolina, USA
Lifetime Worth (Sales)$1M *estimated
Buy and WatchBuy NowAmazon Prime

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Who Is The Founder Of Buena Papa?

The founder and CEO of Buena Papa Food Business is James Windon and its co-founder is Johanna Windon. These two husband and wife teams started this business in 2021 and have currently opened 4+ franchise stores.

What Is Buena Papa Net Worth?

Buena Papa’s net worth is estimated at $1 million. In the current situation, this business is doing very well and this business mainly focuses on Frenchfree. North America is a very big market for French fries food, many people like to eat French fries food there. The global French fries market size is expected to reach $18.54 billion by 2027.

Annual Revenue by Years

Note: This report is based on our research and data so far. In this, we are only estimating the annual revenue.

YearsAnnual Revenue
2023 *estimated
2022 *estimated
2021 *estimated

Funding Reports to Date!

YearsFunding AmountInvestor
2023$400kRobert Herjavec

Is Buena Papa Still In Business?

James is focusing on expanding their franchise food business but it is very difficult to manage quality food in this business. There are many franchise food business startups these days but only a few of them are capable of sustaining.

The official address of this business is Raleigh, North Carolina, United States and 5-20 people are working in it.

Yes, Buena Papa is still in business as of October 2023.

frequently asked questions

Who founded Buena Papa?

Buena Papa was founded by James Windon and Johanna Windon in 2021.

Did Buena Papa get a deal on Shark Tank?

Buena Papa got the deal on Shark Tank. Robert Herjavec invested in this company.