Arooga's Grille House & Sports Bar

Sports-themed restaurants and bars
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Franchise 500 2023
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Initial investment
$1.3M - $3.6M
Units as of 2022
19 Decrease 5% over 3 years

Arooga's Grille House & Sports Bar offers its customers a range of traditional, favorite American dishes that they can wash down with one of the many craft beers on tap. Customers may enjoy the Certified Green Restaurant label and the positive environmental impact that comes along with it. 

Arooga's Grille House & Sports Bar started in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, in 2007 and began franchising in 2010. Co-founder Gary Huether, Jr. wanted a venture that seamlessly mixed a bar and a restaurant. Eventually, he landed on Arooga's Grille House & Sports Bar, which he believes has been a successful venture.

Since beginning to franchise, Arooga’s Grille House & Sports Bar has opened several franchises throughout the United States.

Why You May Want To Start an Arooga's Grille House & Sports Bar Franchise

Arooga's Grille House & Sports Bar looks for franchisees who will work closely with the company in promoting the values that the company holds dear. An Arooga's Grille House & Sports Bar franchisee should be someone who enjoys being around people, is a good team leader, and is highly motivated. A franchisee will oversee the day-to-day running of the business and make sure that its operation is meeting the high standards that the company expects.

Arooga's Grille House & Sports Bar likes to give back to their community and runs a popular 'Funds for Friends' program that raises money for local charities and organizations.

What Might Make an Arooga's Grille House & Sports Bar Franchise a Good Choice?

Arooga's Grille House & Sports Bar was one of the first Certified Green restaurants in Pennsylvania. The chain takes its environmental responsibilities very seriously and uses recycled packaging and ecological cleaning products in an effort to reduce its carbon footprint as much as possible. 

To be part of the Arooga's Grille House & Sports Bar team, you should make sure you're financially ready for an initial investment made up of a franchise fee and other startup costs. In addition, you should prepare yourself for ongoing fees that will include advertising, royalty, and potential renewal fees. Franchisees will also need to meet the company's set net worth and liquid capital requirements. 

How To Open an Arooga's Grille House & Sports Bar Franchise

As you decide if opening an Arooga's Grille House & Sports Bar franchise is the right move for you, make sure you take time to explore the opportunity. Research the brand and your local area to see if an Arooga's Grille House & Sports Bar franchise would do well in your community. While competition is healthy, too much of it may not allow for the most possible growth.

Before making any financial commitment or signing an agreement, you must perform your due diligence and establish if this is the right opportunity for you. As part of your due diligence, you may want to speak to existing franchisees and ask the Arooga's Grille House & Sports Bar franchise team any questions that you might have.

Arooga's Grille House & Sports Bar offers a comprehensive training program that covers all aspects of the business. Once your restaurant is open, you will enjoy full support from the company.

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Company Overview

About Arooga's Grille House & Sports Bar

Industry Food
Related Categories Sports Bars/Pubs, Miscellaneous Full-Service Restaurants
Founded 2007
Parent Company Arooga's Franchising LP
Leadership Gary Huether Jr., President & Cofounder
Corporate Address 1591 S. 19th St.
Harrisburg, PA 17104
Social Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, YouTube

Business Overview

Franchising Since 2010 (14 years)
# of employees at HQ 30
Where seeking

This company is offering new franchises throughout the US.

This company is offering new franchises worldwide.

# of Units 19 (as of 2022)

Information for Franchisees

Here's what you need to know if you're interested in opening a Arooga's Grille House & Sports Bar franchise.

Financial Requirements & Ongoing Fees

Here's what you can expect to spend to start the business and what ongoing fees the franchisor charges throughout the life of the business.

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Initial Investment Information Circle
$1,277,000 - $3,564,250
Net Worth Requirement Information Circle
Cash Requirement Information Circle
Veteran Incentives Information Circle
$7,500 off franchise fee
Royalty Fee Information Circle
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Term of Agreement Information Circle
10 years
Is franchise term renewable? Yes
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Financing Options

Some franchisors offer in-house financing, while others have relationships with third-party financing sources to which they refer qualified franchisees.

Third Party Financing Arooga's Grille House & Sports Bar has relationships with third-party sources which offer financing to cover the following: franchise fee, startup costs, equipment, inventory

Training & Support Offered

Franchisors offer initial training programs and a variety of ongoing support options to help franchisees run their businesses.

On-The-Job Training 108 hours
Classroom Training 42 hours
Ongoing Support
Purchasing Co-ops
Meetings & Conventions
Toll-Free Line
Grand Opening
Online Support
Security & Safety Procedures
Lease Negotiation
Field Operations
Site Selection
Proprietary Software
Franchisee Intranet Platform
Marketing Support
Co-op Advertising
Ad Templates
National Media
Regional Advertising
Social Media
Website Development
Email Marketing
Loyalty Program/App


Additional details about running this franchise.

Is absentee ownership allowed? Yes
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Can this franchise be run part time? Information Circle
Are exclusive territories available? Information Circle
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Updated: December 12th, 2022