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- 2022 Franchise 500 Rank
N/R Not ranked last year
- Initial investment
$349K - $933K
- Units as of 2021
3 200.0% over 3 years
Here’s what you need to know if you’re interested in opening a Grumpy's Restaurant franchise.
Grumpy’s Restaurant is a full-service diner franchise serving Southern-style breakfast, brunch, and lunch for more than two decades. While Grumpy’s Restaurant stays loyal to its original menu, its award-winning kitchen and chef are not expected to shy away from exploring bold, new approaches to diner food, with daily and weekly chalkboard specials.
Once only a dream for a U.S. navy cook known as Chef Grumpy, “The Bad Mood Dude,” the first Grumpy’s Restaurant took shape in Orange Park, Florida, in 2001. After that, he attempted to perfect his sweet Southern home-style cooking. His regular customers are people in the neighborhood and his military friends, who may be also pleased with his working-class prices.
Grumpy’s Restaurant began franchising in 2019 and has opened several restaurants since then. They are actively looking to expand their reach.
Why You May Want To Start a Grumpy’s Restaurant Franchise
Grumpy’s Restaurant wants to be a real family where owners, employees, franchisees, and partners perform responsibilities together, give each other a pat on the back for their accomplishments, and lend a helping hand when someone needs it. If this is a type of environment that brings out the best in you, opening a Grumpy’s Restaurant franchise could be for you.
If you have no restaurant experience, that may not be a problem, as Grumpy’s Restaurant typically includes complete and ongoing training and support for all franchisees.
Opening a Grumpy’s Restaurant franchise may offer a more predictable outcome than investing in a completely new brand that could struggle to thrive in an already crowded and competitive industry.
What Might Make a Grumpy’s Restaurant Franchise a Good Choice
Grumpy’s Restaurant is a franchise brand that may come with various options to go along with its menu sales. Placemat advertising, merch, catering, private events, deliveries, beer, wine, and alcohol programs may be offered in addition with menu sales. Grumpy’s Restaurant closes by midday each day, giving the working team plenty of room to maintain a healthy work-life balance.
To be part of the Grumpy’s Restaurant 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 liquid capital requirements.
How To Open a Grumpy’s Restaurant Franchise
As you decide if opening a Grumpy’s Restaurant 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 a Grumpy’s Restaurant 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 with Grumpy’s Restaurant, 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 Grumpy’s Restaurant franchising team questions.
About Grumpy's Restaurant
- Franchising Since
- 2019 (3 years)
- # of employees at HQ
- Where seeking
This company is seeking new franchisees in the following US states: Alaska, Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, Colorado, Connecticut, District of Columbia, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Idaho, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Maine, Missouri, Mississippi, Montana, North Carolina, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, Nevada, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, West Virginia, Wyoming
- # of Units
- 3 (as of 2021)
Information for Franchisees
Here’s what you need to know if you’re interested in opening a Grumpy's Restaurant 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.
- Initial Franchise Fee
Definition: The initial fee paid to a franchisor to join their system
What you need to know: Found in Item 5 of the FDD, this may be a flat fee, or may vary based on territory size, experience, or other factors.The franchise fee is an up-front (one-time) cost that a new franchisee pays to the franchisor. This fee is usually due at the signing of the franchise agreement and covers the right to use the franchisor's trademarks, name, and related business systems.
- Initial Investment
- $349,200 - $933,000
Definition: The total amount necessary to begin operation of the franchise
What you need to know: The initial investment includes the franchise fee, along with other startup expenses such as real estate, equipment, supplies, business licenses, and working capital. This is outlined in a chart in Item 7 of the FDD, showing a range of possible costs from low to high.
- Cash Requirement
- $100,000 - $150,000
Definition: The minimum liquid capital you must have available in order to qualify to become a franchisee of this company.
- Veteran Incentives
- 20% off franchise fee
Definition: A discount or other incentive offered to military veterans who buy a franchise with this company.
- Royalty Fee
Definition: A ongoing fee paid to the franchisor on a regular basis.
What you need to know: Most franchisors require franchisees to pay an ongoing royalty fee, which is detailed in Item 6 of the FDD. This fee is typically a percentage of weekly or monthly gross sales, but may also be a flat weekly, monthly, or annual fee.
- Ad Royalty Fee
Definition: An going fee paid to the franchisor on a regular basis to support advertising or marketing efforts.
What you need to know: This may also be called advertising fee, marketing fee, brand fund fee, and more, but the basic purpose is the same-- to support promotion of the brand systemwide. As with the royalty fee, it is detailed in Item 6 of the FDD, and can be a percentage of weekly or monthly gross sales or a weekly, monthly, or annual fee.
- Term of Agreement
- 10 years
Definition: The length of time your franchise agreement will last.
What you need to know: Franchise terms are typically anywhere from 5 to 20 years in length, but are sometimes instead dependent on factors such as the term of your lease. Once your term is up, you may have the option to renew your agreement, typically for a smaller fee than the original franchise fee.
- Is franchise term renewable?
Some franchisors offer in-house financing, while others have relationships with third-party financing sources to which they refer qualified franchisees.
- Third Party Financing
- Grumpy's Restaurant has relationships with third-party sources which offer financing to cover the following: franchise fee, startup costs, equipment, inventory, payroll
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
- 312 hours
- Classroom Training
- 8 hours
- Ongoing Support
Purchasing Co-opsNewsletterMeetings & ConventionsToll-Free LineGrand OpeningOnline SupportSecurity & Safety ProceduresLease NegotiationField OperationsSite SelectionProprietary SoftwareFranchisee Intranet Platform
- Marketing Support
Co-op AdvertisingAd TemplatesNational MediaRegional AdvertisingSocial MediaSEOWebsite DevelopmentEmail MarketingLoyalty Program/App
Additional details about running this franchise.
- Is absentee ownership allowed?
Definition: Absentee ownership means that the franchisee does not actively work in the franchise business or manage day-to-day operations.
- Can this franchise be run from home/mobile unit?
Definition: The business can be run from your home and/or a vehicle, and it is not necessary to have a retail facility, office space, or warehouse.
- Can this franchise be run part time?
Definition: This business can be run by the owner on a part-time basis (less than 40 hours per week) and/or as a side business; it is not necessary for the business to be open/run full-time.
- # of employees required to run
- Are exclusive territories available?
Definition: An exclusive territory is a fixed area in which you are given the right to operate and in which no other units of the same franchise may be opened.
What you need to know: Territory size may be based on factors such as radius, population size, zip codes, and more. Details can be found in Item 12 of the FDD.
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