Chef’s on the go! is a first of its kind quick service Italian restaurant offering quality, made-to-order Italian food to on-the-go consumers. Chef’s on the go! was created by Lou and Mary Beth Billittier, owners of the original Chef’s Restaurant, home of the world famous spaghetti parmesan, located in Buffalo, NY.
Chef’s on the go! is home of the world famous Spaghetti Parmesan, as well as other popular dishes such as Chicken Parmesan, Eggplant Parmesan, Boneless Chicken Cacciatore and homemade Stuffed Shells. Chef’s on the go! takes pride in offering homemade family recipes that date back to when the original Chef’s location opened in 1923.
hef’s opens on the corner of Seneca and Chicago Streets owned by Virginio and Enrica Chiari . This was Lou Billittier Sr. childhood neighborhood.
12 year old Lou Billittier is hired to wash dishes at Chef’s Restaurant, a 30 seat restaurant/bar by then owners Gino Silverstrini and Lee Federconi. Lou works his way to busboy, waiter, bartender and eventually earning title of Restaurant Manager.
ou Billittier becomes sole owner of Chef’s borrowing the money from his Father Anthony to purchase Chef’s for $8000.
ou Billittier and good friend Dave Thomas invent what is now today World Famous Spaghetti Parm in the small open kitchen at Chef’s Restaurant. Dave Thomas is a local celebrity on ABC televisions Rocket Ship 7 and later moves on to Philadelphia where he is the famous Dave Roberts on ABC News.
anagano’s Bakery closes it doors and Chef’s buys the equipment and bread baker and builds a bakery on site at Chef’s so they can offer the same bread to their customers that they have grown to love. The bakery continues to this day.
hef’s bottles it's world famous pasta sauce and so starts the celebrity wall of fame at Chef’s. Celebrities from all walks of life take a picture holding the jar of sauce when they come in to the restaurant. This is still done to this day with hundreds of celebrities pictures on the walls of the restaurant.
hef’s starts Drop off catering which turns out to be a huge success for the company.
hef’s introduces their first food truck called Chef’s On The Go! The truck is a huge hit and goes strong until a fire in July of 2018 ends the food truck.
hefs Forms a Franchise entity called Chef’s Franchising Group. This is a 3 phase concept that isoffered to people who are qualified to open up a brick and mortar Chef’s Restaurant, A Chef’s On The Go Food Truck or A Chefs On The Go Fast food concept. The fast food concept is the restaurant and food truck married in to one. Fast Quality Italian Chef’s food to carry away or eat in all in carryout containers.
The original Chef’s Restaurant was founded in 1923 as a 5-table Italian restaurant. Lou Billittier Sr., who at the time was a 12 year old dishwasher, worked his way up to manager prior to becoming a co-owner of the restaurant. Lou Sr. purchased Chef’s in 1950 and it has remained in his family ever since. Currently Chef’s is run by his children, Lou and Mary Beth, who have expanded the restaurant to 350 seats and have now created Chef’s on the go!