After working four years in Southeast Asia, Jonathan Chu returned to his hometown of Los Angeles looking for the delicious tastes of Asia he enjoyed throughout his travels. Chu envisioned a unique restaurant that would provide an eclectic selection of his favorite Pan-Asian foods at an affordable price that would woo both fans of Asian cuisine and the uninitiated alike.
With the help of close friends, family and investors, Jonathan and his team set out to create a vision for Buddha's Belly and opened the first location in 2002.
With more than forty years restaurant experience between them, Buddha's Belly has been a success since its opening. Inside the Feng Shui-designed restaurant, guests can enjoy a "culinary trip across Asia", a full take-out menu, and off and on-premise catering.
Buddha's Belly takes great pride in giving back to the community (see community involvement for more information) and serving as a good corporate citizen to help reduce the strain on the environment. Currently Buddha's Belly recycles all plastics, glass, raw food, paper and cardboard waste. Energy-saving switches have been installed in the restrooms, storage rooms and office, turning on only when people occupy those rooms. The restaurant supports local farmers and producers, using organic produce when possible. Additionally, Buddha's Belly provides used cooking oil for bio-diesel vehicles and inquires which to-go utensils are needed, if necessary. Buddha's Belly is always looking for more ways to be enlightened and welcomes green recommendations.
Jonathan and Chef Kevin Luzande work daily to provide a fulfilling work environment for our staff. Many of our co-workers have been with the company since the restaurant's opening day. Buddha's Belly is an equal opportunity employer, offering competitive compensation and career advancement in a fun and fast-paced atmosphere.
Buddha's Belly is committed to deliver good food and good fortune to our patrons, co-workers, and community.
As native Angelenos, we believe strongly in giving back to our community. We are active members of many nonprofit organizations benefiting education, healthcare, the arts and environment. In addition to these commitments, we have limited funds to assist other community groups through donations of Buddha's Belly gift cards or through sampling at special events. Please call us at 323-931-8588 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have a philanthropic event or cause you would like for us to consider supporting.