Nuchas

nuchasAriel Barbouth wants the Sharks to take a bite out of Nuchas, his hand-made empanada business that's taking New York by storm. Barbouth and his wife – Leni – arrived in New York in 2009 with $9000 and a dream. In 2011, the dream came to fruition when he opened his first Nuchas location in a small kiosk in Times Square. Next came two food trucks and two pushcarts. A second retail location opened in Greeley Square in 2013.

Nuchas is very well received in New York by patrons and food critics. In 2013, he was the Vendy Awards Rookie of the Year and in 2014 he won the People's Taste award. The street food public likes the fresh, hand-made empanadas that made Barbouth famous.

An empanada is a baked or fried pastry with any number of fillings. Nuchas bakes their empanadas and fills them with beef, pork, chicken and dessert fillings. There are vegetarian and vegan offerings too. Everything is baked by hand and all the ingredients are fresh without added hormones or antibiotics. An empanada at a retail location will cost you four to six bucks – depending on the fillings. Barbouth is actively soliciting wholesale customers too.

He likely wants to expand Nuchas' retail footprint and ultimately offer the product as a supermarket product. A Shark could help with that. Will a Shark take a bite out of this delicious business?

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Nuchas Shark Tank Recap

Ariel will pitch the panel of five Sharks on the business and its prospects for growth. He'll need to convince Mark Cuban, Kevin O’Leary, Lori Greiner, Barbara Corcoran and Daymond John that the company is worthy of a Shark investment. A good business plan, good financials, and sales data will impress the Sharks, but he’ll need to show them HE is capable of running the company to “Shark standards.” A full pitch re-cap on Nuchas will be available on Shark Tank Blog once this episode airs.

Nuchas Shark Tank Update

The Shark Tank Blog constantly provides updates and follow-ups about entrepreneurs who have appeared on the Shark Tank TV show. Once an episode has aired, we monitor the progress of the businesses featured, whether they receive funding or not and report on their progress. The Shark Tank Blog will follow-up on Nuchas & Ariel Barbouth as more details become available.

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