Kaufman Enterprises is a McDonald’s franchise that owns and operates 17 McDonald’s restaurants on Long Island and Brooklyn. In 1960, the company, founded by Leon Weil and Irv Klein, opened their first restaurant in East Northport, Long Island. In 1971, after Weil retired, Irv opened 3 locations bringing the total to 5 restaurants.
The company had grown to 7 locations by 1977 when Jonah Kaufman joined the business. Kaufman became an owner/operator in 1980 and Klein-Kaufman Corp. was formed.
During the 80’s and 90’s, both Irv and Jonah achieved national status within McDonald’s, serving as the Chairman of the Operators National Advertising Fund (OPNAD), an important leadership position elected by other franchise operators.
After Irv Klein retired in 1996, Kaufman Enterprises was formed. By this time the organization had grown to 12 restaurants.
In 2006, Josh Kaufman, Jonah’s son, joined the company, becoming a fourth generation owner/operator in 2008. Since 2008 the Kaufman organization added five restaurants. They now operate 17 restaurants, including the two highest volume restaurants on Long Island (the Bay Shore McDonald’s and the Farmingville McDonald’s). Kaufman Enterprises is one of the largest McDonald’s franchises in the United States.
The Kaufman organization has earned numerous Outstanding Restaurant Awards. In 1980 Irv and Jonah won the prestigious Golden Arch Award for outstanding contributions by an owner/operator. The company has also won 11 Ray Kroc Awards since the year 2000, a prestigious award given to the top 1% of Store Managers in the NY region.
Jonah and Josh Kaufman have both been active in Operator leadership. Josh is currently the elected NY representative to the Operator National Advertising Fund (OPNAD).