Full-Service Restaurants Franchises

  • Rank
  • Company/Description/Initial Investment
# 9
Denny's Inc.

Denny's Inc.

Initial Investment: $1.2M - $2.1M

# 101
Dickey's Barbecue Pit

Dickey's Barbecue Pit

Initial Investment: $122K - $498K

# 104
Golden Corral Franchising Systems Inc.

Golden Corral Franchising Systems Inc.

Initial Investment: $2M - $5.5M

# 202
Gyu-Kaku Japanese BBQ Restaurant

Gyu-Kaku Japanese BBQ Restaurant

Initial Investment: $782K - $2.1M

# 227
CiCi's Pizza

CiCi's Pizza

Initial Investment: $489K - $758K

# 295
Johnny Rockets

Johnny Rockets

Initial Investment: $540K - $976K

# 325
Tilted Kilt Franchise Operating LLC

Tilted Kilt Franchise Operating LLC

Initial Investment: $898K - $2.9M

# 336
Black Bear Diners Inc.

Black Bear Diners Inc.

Initial Investment: $528K - $1.5M

# 350
HuHot Mongolian Grills

HuHot Mongolian Grills

Initial Investment: $777K - $977K

# 382
Twin Peaks Restaurant

Twin Peaks Restaurant

Initial Investment: $1.3M - $3.4M

# 385
East Coast Wings Corp.

East Coast Wings Corp.

Initial Investment: $659K - $1.1M

# 457
Melting Pot Restaurants Inc., The

Melting Pot Restaurants Inc., The

Initial Investment: $955K - $1.4M

# 462
Hooters Restaurant

Hooters Restaurant

Initial Investment: $907K - $3.2M

# 479
Ledo Pizza

Ledo Pizza

Initial Investment: $126K - $442K

NR
Acropolis Greek Taverna

Acropolis Greek Taverna

Initial Investment: $580K - $842K

NR
Alamo Drafthouse Cinemas

Alamo Drafthouse Cinemas

Initial Investment: $10M - $19M

NR
Another Broken Egg Cafe

Another Broken Egg Cafe

Initial Investment: $460K - $1.1M

NR
Arooga's Grille House & Sports Bar

Arooga's Grille House & Sports Bar

Initial Investment: $782K - $2.4M

NR
Bad Daddy's Burger Bar Franchise Development LLC

Bad Daddy's Burger Bar Franchise Development LLC

Initial Investment: $590K - $1.4M

NR
Bandana's Bar-B-Q

Bandana's Bar-B-Q

Initial Investment: $380K - $1.1M

NR
Bar 145

Bar 145

Initial Investment: $405K - $2.5M

NR
Bar Louie

Bar Louie

Initial Investment: $410K - $3M

NR
Bar-B-Cutie

Bar-B-Cutie

Initial Investment: $318K - $448K

NR
Beef O'Brady's Family Sports Pub

Beef O'Brady's Family Sports Pub

Initial Investment: $257K - $867K

NR
Bennigan's Franchising Co. LLC

Bennigan's Franchising Co. LLC

Initial Investment: $1M - $3.6M

NR
Big Boy Restaurants Int'l.

Big Boy Restaurants Int'l.

Initial Investment: $862K - $3.6M

NR
Bikinis Sports Bar & Grill

Bikinis Sports Bar & Grill

Initial Investment: $435K - $1.3M

NR
Boston's Restaurant & Sports Bar

Boston's Restaurant & Sports Bar

Initial Investment: $1.1M - $2.8M

NR
Brass Tap, The

Brass Tap, The

Initial Investment: $355K - $670K

NR
Buffalo Wing Factory and Pub

Buffalo Wing Factory and Pub

Initial Investment: $718K - $1.1M

NR
Buffalo Wings and Rings LLC

Buffalo Wings and Rings LLC

Initial Investment: $1.1M - $2.8M

NR
Buffalo's Cafe

Buffalo's Cafe

Initial Investment: $393K - $838K

NR
BurgerFi Int'l. LLC

BurgerFi Int'l. LLC

Initial Investment: $651K - $1.1M

NR
Cafe Intermezzo

Cafe Intermezzo

Initial Investment: $2.1M - $2.4M

NR
Calexico

Calexico

Initial Investment: $90K - $1.3M

NR
Cheeburger Cheeburger

Cheeburger Cheeburger

Initial Investment: $215K - $578K

NR
Cool de Sac

Cool de Sac

Initial Investment: $859K - $2M

NR
Cottage Inn Pizza

Cottage Inn Pizza

Initial Investment: $104K - $199K

NR
Counter Custom Built Burgers, The

Counter Custom Built Burgers, The

Initial Investment: $751K - $2.5M

NR
DoubleDave's Pizzaworks Systems Inc.

DoubleDave's Pizzaworks Systems Inc.

Initial Investment: $292K - $344K

NR
Eggs Up Grill

Eggs Up Grill

Initial Investment: $345K - $776K

NR
Famous Dave's

Famous Dave's

Initial Investment: $637K - $4.2M

NR
Flying Biscuit Cafe, The

Flying Biscuit Cafe, The

Initial Investment: $520K - $923K

NR
Genghis Grill-Build Your Own Stir Fry

Genghis Grill-Build Your Own Stir Fry

Initial Investment: $347K - $974K

NR
Greene Turtle Sports Bar & Grille, The

Greene Turtle Sports Bar & Grille, The

Initial Investment: $1.5M - $1.8M

NR
Ground Round Grill & Bar

Ground Round Grill & Bar

Initial Investment: $1.1M - $2.2M

NR
Growler USA - America's Microbrew Pub

Growler USA - America's Microbrew Pub

Initial Investment: $251K - $405K

NR
Hamburger Mary's Bar & Grille

Hamburger Mary's Bar & Grille

Initial Investment: $417K - $956K

NR
Happy's Pizza

Happy's Pizza

Initial Investment: $337K - $608K

NR
Huddle House

Huddle House

Initial Investment: $620K - $1.4M

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