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Sean Weeks and Ryan Viator


Meet co-owners Sean (pictured left) and Ryan (pictured right), the dynamic duo behind Buns Burgers. Since the opening of our first location in the spring of 2016, the Buns name has expanded to four locations across Dutchess and Ulster Counties.

Sean is a longtime Hudson Valley local with decades of experience in the culinary field. When approaching the Buns project, Sean set out to infuse culinary art into the quick service model. Quality food and company culture are Sean’s priorities as an owner-operator. He and Sean share a team-centric ethos of leadership and aim to make each location a great place to eat and a great place to work. When Sean isn’t enjoying a fried Yardbirdger at one of our locations, you can find him cooking for his family or taking a ride on his bike!

Ryan is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America who brings both kitchen and service expertise to our operations. As a chef, Ryan appreciates the challenge of seasonal cuisine and takes pride in crafting farm-fresh menu items that maximize the agricultural resources of the Hudson Valley. Great food and great service are of paramount importance to Ryan, and he loves to see guests savor the Buns experience. Outside of work, Ryan enjoys spending time with his family and his favorite menu item is the Lambeater!

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Liz Cook

Regional Manager

Originally from Las Vegas, Nevada, our regional manager, Liz, is a mountain-lover through and through! When she isn’t at work enjoying her go-to order– a Veggie Stacker with Buns’ Sauce– you can find Liz out on the trails with her dog, Odin!

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Casandra Concepcion

Assistant Manager, Saugerties

When Casandra isn’t helping to make the magic happen at our Saugerties location, she’s in the back snacking on a Buns’ classic: The Original Bun! Casandra spends her free time with a paintbrush in hand and loves to work in the town she calls home.

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Ariel Cora

Assistant Manager, Saugerties

Ariel is a Saugerties native with many passions, including the Veggie Stacker! Besides burgers, Ariel loves crafts, video games, and going to Disney World with her family.

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Kyle Kravit

Manager, Rhinebeck

Kyle is the manager of our Rhinebeck location and a bona fide fan of our Saucy Dogs. Originally from North Salem, New York, Kyle loves checking out new coffee spots in this part of the Hudson Valley!

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Amber Lockhart

Manager, Kingston

Our Kingston Manager, Amber, lives by the following quote from Hannibal of Carthage: “I will either find a way or make one.” When Amber isn’t pondering ancient wisdom, she’s probably somewhere enjoying a Lamb Eater with Hot Sauce!

“Staff is super friendly and this has become a new favorite spot for my family in Rhinebeck.”

– Jeanine