What Happened To Avocaderia After Shark Tank?

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Avocado toast, anyone? Stereotypically the favorite food of millennials, people are obsessed with avocado toast. The dish is wildly popularĀ and has certainly arrived on the foodie scene, and entrepreneur and restaurateur Alessandro Biggi, along with brother Filippo, cousin Alberto Gramigni, and friend Francesco Brachetti, have been wise to cash in on the trend. Biggi appeared on Shark Tank in Season 9 in February 2018 to ask the Sharks for a $300,000 investment and 10% equity in the group's avocado-themed restaurant, Avocaderia (via Shark Tank Tales).

When Biggi appeared on the show, Avocaderia was being run out of a food hall in a converted warehouse in Brooklyn, New York. At the time, the restaurant was open every day, and the team was going through 250-300 Mexican avocados a day making salads, smoothies, sandwiches, and the restaurant's top menu item: the Avoburger featuring smoked salmon and watermelon radish between two avocado "buns." Avocaderia was already successful, and Biggi wanted to use the Sharks' investment to open another location in the Chelsea neighborhood of New York City (via Shark Tank Blog).

Moving forward ... with a few hiccups

After a bit of back and forth, Alessandro Biggi closed a deal with Sharks Barbara Corcoran and Mark Cuban, who each pledged an investment of $200,000 each for 10% equity each in the restaurant, taking him one step closer to his goal of owning 20 locations in five years (via YouTube). Avocaderia opened its second location later in 2018 and the pair of restaurants did $1 million in sales (via Shark Tank Blog).

Unfortunately, things went south in June of 2019 when health inspectors found food areas at Avocaderia contaminated with sewage, among other violations, and temporarily closed the Chelsea location. The restaurant reopened days later after the violations were linked to a leak in the basement, which was quickly fixed (via Patch). Furthermore, COVID-19 shut down the restaurants in 2020, stunting business and potential expansion, but the restaurant survived the pandemic, unlike others. By August 2022, Avocaderia had expanded to four restaurant locations in New York City.

Fans share their love as Avocaderia continues to grow

Today, Avocaderia serves a variety of avocado-based dishes like various salads and bowls topped with sliced avocados, fresh homemade guacamole, smoothies, and, of course, classic avocado toast. Delivery is now available in Manhattan and Brooklyn (via the restaurant'sĀ website). Avocaderia even has its own cookbook complete with recipes for dishes like baked avocado with egg and crunchy parm and avo-lime cheesecake. The restaurant has garnered fans from all over the world, including one woman clad in an avocado dress who flew from Australia to try Avocaderia's food (via CNBC).

Over on Instagram, Avocaderia has 68.8K followers, some of whom take to the platform to comment on the mouth-watering avocado dishes the restaurant features on the social media platform, such as @rikkisnyder who commented on a post featuring a summer corn salad, writing, "I want this for lunch!" and @tschliss who chimed in on the same video, "Delicious!!!!!" with a heart-eyed emoji and three red hearts.