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Joe Buonavolanto III

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Director of Training

Local Address: Berwyn, Illinois, United States
Buona Beef Restaurants

Employment History

  • Co-Owner
    Buona Beef Restaurants
  • Executive Vice President
    Buona Beef Restaurants
  • Clerk
    Neagle Trading Group
Web References
Buona Beef Recipe - Recipes at, 22 Aug 2012 [cached]
Provided by Joe Buonavolanto Jr., co-owner of Buona Beef Restaurants.
The Buona Companies | In The News, 24 July 2000 [cached]
Joe Buonavolanto, Jr., Executive Vice President for the Buona Companies remarked, "Serving authentic Chicago style food like Buona Beef seems to be a hit with fans.
"We are excited to work with Chicago Motor Speedway", said Buonavolanto. - Radio 720 WGN - Chicago's News and Talk . . . and Sports, 21 Sept 1999 [cached]
Provided by Joe Buonavolanto Jr., co-owner of Buona Beef Restaurants.
Joe Buonavolanto, co-owner ..., 10 Dec 2006 [cached]
Joe Buonavolanto, co-owner of the Chicago-based Buona Companies, said he welcomes a Chicago ban, even though it would affect his family's Italian beef restaurants.
About 18 months ago, the chain tried switching to canola oil, but customers complained.They switched back to a blend of canola and partially hydrogenated oil.
"We talk about [reducing trans fats] every month.We know it's the right thing to do," Buonavolanto said.
Daily Herald: Suburban Chicago's Information Source, 19 Feb 2003 [cached]
"Being Italian, everything for us revolved around food and eating together," explains Joe Buonavolanto Jr., the executive vice president."Breakfast, lunch, dinner we ate together, all eight or nine of us around the table.It wasn't just a meal; it was a loud, happy celebration."
So the Buonavolantos sought to extend that celebratory feeling into their restaurants.The Buona Beef locations serve up hearty Italian beef sandwiches made from a family recipe, and the full-service restaurants in Chicago and Milwaukee operate "family-style."This means the portions are huge, and patrons are advised to come in groups of four or more.
"The farther away from Chicago you get, the worse the version of the Italian beef sandwich," Joe Buonavolanto Jr. declares.
The company employs approximately 600 full-time and 400 part-time employees.Many have been working for the Buonavolantos for 15 years.
Of course, there is also real family within the ranks.Ten of the 19 Buonavolanto grandchildren are working part time in the Buona Beef restaurants.
"Our parents really opened the door for us to succeed, and we hope to open the same door for our children," Joe Buonavolanto Jr. said."If this business doesn't survive to the next couple of generations, we have failed."
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