Since 1984, Ali Chunara has been a part of the fast food industry. Starting off as an hourly employee at Taco Bell and Burger King in Texas, Mr. Chunara worked his way up to eventually owning a Blimpie sub shop. This franchise basically bought him a job as he worked open to close to provide for his family before eventually catching a break with the purchase of a Church’s Chicken location – a restaurant he still proudly owns today. From there Mr. Chunara saved enough money to purchase his next franchise when it became available and the next one after that.
He has managed to continue his growth through the last two decades primarily because of the people he works with. With an operating model that is slightly different than that of the industry, Mr. Chunara ensures that while he grows, those that work the hardest around him grow with him. Each of his restaurants is operated by a carefully selected operating partner who is also an owner of that restaurant.
In addition to the 75+ restaurants owned and operated under the CFG umbrella, Mr. Chunara oversees an expanding portfolio of wholly owned net lease real estate and a portfolio of private equity investments.
Till this day, Mr. Chunara works out of the same home office and still answers the phone himself. He and his son Shehzaan handle the administrative, legal, and franchisor relations part of the business. Both father and son are very thankful to those patrons who frequent their restaurants and put much emphasis on giving back to the community via the Aga Khan Foundation. As devout Ismaili Muslims, the Chunaras believe “its not only about what you achieve but also what you help others achieve.” So, with every stop at one of their restaurants, you can feel good knowing a part of your purchase went to help educate or nourish children in developing countries.