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Have a big helping of the top restaurant franchises for 2008.

This story appears in the April 2008 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

Celebrities do it, athletes do it--the idea of starting a holds an allure that few can resist. And yet behind the glamour of owning the next hot hangout is the hard reality of starting from scratch and operating as an independent restaurateur in a highly competitive market.

Perhaps that's why have been so successful. Besides proven methods of operation and established supplier connections, also offers two ingredients that are invaluable to any startup restaurateur: a name and built-in word-of-mouth. And with the variety in the market, you don't need to sacrifice your creative vision to join a system--there are restaurant franchises ranging from the traditional to the exotic, from hamburgers to Caribbean cuisine.

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