Misc. Fast Food Franchises

  • Rank
  • Company/Description/Initial Investment
# 89
Culver Franchising System Inc.

Culver Franchising System Inc.

Initial Investment: $1.4M - $3.7M

# 93
Orion Food Systems LLC

Orion Food Systems LLC

Initial Investment: $59K - $134K

# 101
Dickey's Barbecue Pit

Dickey's Barbecue Pit

Initial Investment: $122K - $498K

# 269
Doc Popcorn

Doc Popcorn

Initial Investment: $40K - $355K

# 314
Zoup! Systems LLC

Zoup! Systems LLC

Initial Investment: $321K - $589K

# 320
Saladworks

Saladworks

Initial Investment: $556K - $660K

# 368
Billy Sims BBQ

Billy Sims BBQ

Initial Investment: $169K - $433K

# 396
Fresh Healthy Cafe

Fresh Healthy Cafe

Initial Investment: $176K - $344K

# 407
L&L Hawaiian Barbecue

L&L Hawaiian Barbecue

Initial Investment: $130K - $521K

# 430
Taste of Mediterranean

Taste of Mediterranean

Initial Investment: $99K - $287K

# 466
Golden Krust Franchising Inc.

Golden Krust Franchising Inc.

Initial Investment: $173K - $564K

NR
'Ohana Bros.

'Ohana Bros.

Initial Investment: $193K - $368K

NR
2Good2B LLC

2Good2B LLC

Initial Investment: $278K - $968K

NR
Amsterdam Falafelshop

Amsterdam Falafelshop

Initial Investment: $364K - $540K

NR
Baby Back Blues BBQ

Baby Back Blues BBQ

Initial Investment: $156K - $274K

NR
Bar-B-Cutie

Bar-B-Cutie

Initial Investment: $318K - $448K

NR
Bowl of Heaven

Bowl of Heaven

Initial Investment: $162K - $439K

NR
California Fresh

California Fresh

Initial Investment: $120K - $218K

NR
Cheese Course Franchising Inc., The

Cheese Course Franchising Inc., The

Initial Investment: $437K - $831K

NR
Chicken Salad Chick

Chicken Salad Chick

Initial Investment: $337K - $539K

NR
Churromania

Churromania

Initial Investment: $184K - $381K

NR
Corner Bakery Cafe

Corner Bakery Cafe

Initial Investment: $843K - $2.4M

NR
Cousins Maine Lobster

Cousins Maine Lobster

Initial Investment: $211K - $342K

NR
D.P. Dough

D.P. Dough

Initial Investment: $241K - $427K

NR
Flame & Skewers

Flame & Skewers

Initial Investment: $295K - $460K

NR
Food Truck Franchise Group LLC

Food Truck Franchise Group LLC

Initial Investment: $99K - $150K

NR
French Fry Heaven

French Fry Heaven

Initial Investment: $119K - $340K

NR
Fresh Planet

Fresh Planet

Initial Investment: $158K - $302K

NR
Freshii Development LLC

Freshii Development LLC

Initial Investment: $170K - $471K

NR
Gigi's Cupcakes LLC

Gigi's Cupcakes LLC

Initial Investment: $236K - $396K

NR
Halal Guys, The

Halal Guys, The

Initial Investment: $232K - $834K

NR
Happy Joe's

Happy Joe's

Initial Investment: $310K - $1M

NR
House of Cupcakes

House of Cupcakes

Initial Investment: $259K - $272K

NR
Jimmy's Seaside Fries

Jimmy's Seaside Fries

Initial Investment: $106K - $182K

NR
Kolache Creations

Kolache Creations

Initial Investment: $60K - $226K

NR
Kolache Factory

Kolache Factory

Initial Investment: $396K - $619K

NR
Liquid Nutrition

Liquid Nutrition

Initial Investment: $135K - $335K

NR
Lobster Joint

Lobster Joint

Initial Investment: $696K - $996K

NR
Million Snacks

Million Snacks

Initial Investment: $109K - $302K

NR
My Friend's Place

My Friend's Place

Initial Investment: $157K - $260K

NR
Newk's Eatery

Newk's Eatery

Initial Investment: $792K - $1.2M

NR
Original SoupMan, The

Original SoupMan, The

Initial Investment: $62K - $357K

NR
Potatopia Franchise LLC

Potatopia Franchise LLC

Initial Investment: $195K - $483K

NR
Rachel's Kitchen

Rachel's Kitchen

Initial Investment: $240K - $514K

NR
Ritter's Frozen Custard

Ritter's Frozen Custard

Initial Investment: $365K - $1.1M

NR
Roy Rogers Franchise Co. LLC

Roy Rogers Franchise Co. LLC

Initial Investment: $753K - $1.4M

NR
Shane's Rib Shack

Shane's Rib Shack

Initial Investment: $363K - $558K

NR
Slapfish

Slapfish

Initial Investment: $128K - $625K

NR
Smoke's Poutinerie Inc.

Smoke's Poutinerie Inc.

Initial Investment: $311K - $505K

NR
Sweet Times Cupcakes

Sweet Times Cupcakes

Initial Investment: $148K - $207K

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