VooDoo BBQ & Grill

At a Glance

Products & Services: Barbecue

Number of Locations: 15

Total Investment: $340.5K - $625K

Founded: 2002

Began Franchising: 2006

About VooDoo BBQ & Grill

While working as an accountant, Tony Avila began doing some side projects for Alton Doody, a successful restaurant developer. When Avila began considering starting his own business, he and Doody discussed food concepts and realized that despite the popularity of barbecue throughout the South, barbecue restaurants were rare in south Louisiana. Avila contacted his old college roommate Dino Arvanetes, who had experience managing a Ruth's Chris Steakhouse, and the three of them partnered to open the first VooDoo BBQ & Grill restaurant on the parade route in New Orleans on Mardi Gras day in 2002. The fast-casual barbecue concept began franchising in 2006, expanding first throughout Louisiana and then branching out into other southern states.

Franchise Units

Year U.S. Canadian International Company Owned
2013 12 0 0 3
2012 11 0 0 3
2011 9 0 0 3
Where Seeking Franchisees: Franchisor is seeking new franchise units in the following states:
Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, Midwest, North Carolina, Northeast, Oklahoma, South, South Carolina, Southeast, Tennessee, Texas.

Startup Costs, Ongoing Fees and Financing

Total Investment: $340,500 - $625,000
Franchise Fee: $35,000
Ongoing Royalty Fee: 5%
Term of Franchise Agreement: 10 years, renewable
Veteran Incentives: 10% off franchise fee
Financial Requirements
Net Worth: $600,000
Liquid Cash Available: $150,000
25% of all franchisees own more than one unit. Number of employees needed to run franchised unit: 20 - 25. Absentee ownership of franchise is NOT allowed. (75% of current franchisees are owner/operators).

How This Franchise Supports Franchisees

Training: Available at headquarters: 5-7 weeks. At franchisee's location: 10 days.
Ongoing Support: Newsletter, Meetings, Toll-free phone line, Grand opening, Internet, Security/safety procedures, Field operations/evaluations, Purchasing cooperatives, Lease Negotiation
Marketing Support: Co-op advertising, Ad slicks, National media, Regional advertising,

Franchise Ranking History

Franchise 500®: #368 (2012), #326 (2011),
Top New: #23 (2011),