Member Success Story: Tina & Ted Maser of Phat Boy Sushi & Kitchen

Tina Maser was the gracious hostess for SACC’s After Work event at Sushi Song on March 13th. She is the co-owner of the restaurant in the heart of Downtown Fort Lauderdale, situated in the Himmarshee district right next to the New River. Tina and her husband Ted have recently expanded their business by opening a second restaurant called Phat Boy Sushi & Kitchen which also is located in Fort Lauderdale.

Family is at the core of Tina and Ted’s business. Their son, John, 25, is the manager at both Phat Boy Sushi locations. However, Tina wants all her employees to feel as they’re part of the family. “It can be difficult to find good staff members, and we do everything we can to make our employees want to stay with us. We try to schedule fun activities together, outside of work,” Tina explains.

“Ted and I met in California many years ago when I was there as an Au Pair, Tina recalls. “We then moved to Sweden together and started a family. After 25 years, we decided it was time to try something different, and the warm weather in Florida was very appealing at the time.”

The couple owned a restaurant in Sweden, so it was natural to continue on the same path here in the U.S. “The biggest difference of running a restaurant in the U.S is that there’s more bureaucracy here. It’s complicated and time consuming to get all the needed permits in place,” says Tina.

After five years of being co-owners of Sushi Song, Tina and Ted are excited to take the next step with the two new Phat Boy restaurants. We at SACC encourage our members to try their delicious Sushi for themselves!

Phat Boy Sushi & Kitchen:

  • 4391 N Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33308
  • 701 S Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33308