Ground Round® Grill and Bar has been a proven Casual Dining brand for more than 45 years. Founded in 1969, its two-room restaurant design is ideal for families with children in the dining room, or for adults meeting friends or watching the game in a separate, sports bar lounge.
Since 2004, the brand has been owned by its franchisees, with a unique offer where operators not only own their franchise, but also have the option to purchase a Membership Share in the Ground Round® brand. This share gives the franchisee voting rights and preferred royalty rates as set by and voted on by Ground Round IOC Members. As a member of the Ground Round IOC Cooperative, a franchisee is guaranteed to have input and a financial stake in the future success and growth of the brand.
No other brand today offers this unique partnership opportunity with a franchise purchase. More recently, the Ground Round® has developed a second brand called Ground Round® Sports Grille, which features a reduced menu and smaller footprint designs for nontraditional development in locations like Airports, Bowling Centers, Movie Theaters, and smaller hotel restaurant facilities.
Ground Round® also offers low franchise fees, flexible 5 and 10 year terms, and welcomes single or multi-unit development, with design support for either new build or conversion opportunities. “We welcome independent operators looking to convert to a national brand,” states Jack Crawford, President & CEO of Ground Round IOC, LLC, “ and we are appealing to multi-unit operators looking for prime territories to develop with a brand where they know they will always have input in our direction.”