Cassandra and India Ayala both headed to the
Shark Tank The Bumbling Bee Update
- Entrepreneur: Cassandra and India Ayala
- Business: Vegan fast-food restaurant
- Ask: $150,000 for 10% equity
- Result: No deal
- Shark: None
The Bumbling Bee is a fast-food vegan restaurant that serves plant-based “junk food” in its brick-and-mortar stores, as well as food trucks. The idea was initially conceived by Cassandra who wanted to try her hand in the food business after working in real estate for more than 25 years. India would later join and the two officially started The Bumbling Bee in Virginia Beach out of a food truck. The business was such a huge hit that they decided to open up their first restaurant in Boulder, Colorado in 2019.
As the popularity of The Bumbling Bee grew, so did their branches of operation. In January 2020, The Bumbling Bee expanded to a second branch in Boulder, Colorado. Both are also accompanied by food trucks that they have named Daisy and Dixie which are used to cater special events.
Heading into the
According to the sharks, nothing that The Bumbling Bee was doing was proprietary. This meant that other companies could copy them whenever they wanted. Because of this, they felt that it just didn’t make sense to invest in the company right now. All of the sharks decided not to make an offer for The Bumbling Bee, but did clarify that they were impressed with what Cassandra and India had achieved.
As for our The Bumbling Bee update, you’d be glad to know that the company seems to be doing extremely well despite failing to secure a deal. On the business’ Instagram account, the owners thanked everyone who reached out after their episode on
As COVID-19 restrictions continue to lift, hopefully Cassandra and India will once again be able to serve their customers all sorts of yummy vegan junk food. If we get more news on a The Bumbling Bee update, we’ll be sure to let you know.
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