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138 Best Sandwich Franchises in USA for 2022 (UPDATED RANKINGS)

Here is the top 138 best Sandwich Franchises you can start in USA:

1. Subway

  • Investments $147,050
  • Franchise fee $15,000
  • Year Brand Started – 1965
  • Year Franchising Started – 1974
  • Offices – 44608

Franchise details: Subway
Official site

In 1965, 17-year-old Fred DeLuca and family friend Peter Buck opened Pete's Super Submarines in Bridgeport, Connecticut. With a loan from Buck for only $1,000, DeLuca hoped the tiny sandwich shop would earn enough to put him through college. After struggling through the first few years, the founders changed the company's name to Subway and began franchising in 1974. Subway has franchises throughout the United States and in 98 countries, with locations in traditional and nontraditional sites alike.
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2. MOOYAH

  • Investments $412,750
  • Year Brand Started – 2007
  • Offices – 35000

Franchise details: MOOYAH
Official site

MOOYAH Burgers, Fries & Shakes is a fast-casual, “better burger” concept offering mouthwatering made-to-order burgers, French fries hand cut from Idaho potatoes, and real ice cream shakes.

3. KFC

  • Investments $1,465,550
  • Franchise fee $45,000
  • Year Brand Started – 1930
  • Year Franchising Started – 1952
  • Offices – 20826

Franchise details: KFC
Official site

KFC is one of the most famous fast-food restaurant franchises with locations in more than 125 countries. The franchise serves chicken-based menu items. The franchisor offers multi-unit ownership that requires a background in operating a multi-unit business, preferably a restaurant or hospitality business. The brand team provides comprehensive training, proven business standards, and support from world-class business experts.

4. Burger King

  • Investments $323,100
  • Year Brand Started – 1956
  • Year Franchising Started – 1956
  • Offices – 16770

Franchise details: Burger King
Official site

Burger King franchisees operate quick-service hamburger restaurants using certain trademarks, service marks and trade names, and a recognized design, equipment system, color scheme and styles of buildings and facilities, signs, certain standards, specifications and procedures of operation, quality and consistency standards for products and services offered, and procedures for inventory control and management.

5. Wendy's

  • Investments $292,500
  • Franchise fee $40,000
  • Year Brand Started – 1969
  • Offices – 6600

Franchise details: Wendy's
Official site

Wendy's is a chain of fast food restaurants based in Dublin, Ohio and owned by the United States corporation Wendy's International, Inc. There are over 6,600 Wendy's restaurants worldwide.

6. Arby's

  • Investments $314,550
  • Year Brand Started – 1964
  • Year Franchising Started – 1965
  • Offices – 3417

Franchise details: Arby's
Official site

Forrest and Leroy Raffel started their food-service consulting firm, Raffel Brothers Inc., in the 1950s, but were soon thinking about starting their own restaurant. On a rainy night, the brothers found inspiration--roast beef sandwiches. In 1964, the first Arby's ("R.B." for "Raffel Brothers") opened in Boardman, Ohio.

7. Jimmy John's Gourmet Sandwiches

  • Investments $329,500
  • Franchise fee $35,000
  • Year Brand Started – 1983
  • Year Franchising Started – 1993
  • Offices – 2774

Franchise details: Jimmy John's Gourmet Sandwiches
Official site

James J. Liautaud founded Jimmy John's in Charleston, Illinois, in 1983 when he was 19 years old. With used equipment, a refrigerator, one meat slicer, a freezer and an oven, Jimmy John Liautaud started his business without even a posted menu or an outdoor sign. At the time, he offered four sandwich varieties and 25-cent soft drinks. After passing out sandwich samples throughout the college town, Liautuad added delivery service, tables, outdoor signs, menu boards and an expanded menu. He opened several more stores and developed a prototype before franchising began in 1993. Jimmy John's franchisees bake bread at each store every day, and every sandwich is made fresh to order in 30 seconds.

8. Quiznos Subs

  • Investments $177,564
  • Franchise fee $10,000
  • Year Brand Started – 1981
  • Year Franchising Started – 2005
  • Offices – 2349

Franchise details: Quiznos Subs

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9. Hardee's

  • Investments $1,431,500
  • Year Brand Started – 1960
  • Year Franchising Started – 1962
  • Offices – 2226

Franchise details: Hardee's
Official site

Wilber Hardee opened his first restaurant in Greenville, North Carolina, in 1960, and just five months later he had his first franchisee. Hardee's restaurants, which serve biscuits, burgers and chicken, have since spread throughout the Midwestern and Southeastern U.S.
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10. Jersey Mike's Subs

  • Investments $178,523
  • Franchise fee $18,500
  • Year Brand Started – 1956
  • Year Franchising Started – 1987
  • Offices – 1343

Franchise details: Jersey Mike's Subs
Official site

The first Jersey Mike's Super Sub was created in Point Pleasant, New Jersey, on the Jersey Shore in 1956. Peter Cancro started working in the submarine sandwich business when he was 14 years old. At the age of 17, before state law allowed him to operate a slicing machine, Cancro bought the original Jersey Mike's location.

11. Buffalo Wild Wings

  • Investments $1,997,700
  • Franchise fee $40,000
  • Year Brand Started – 1982
  • Year Franchising Started – 1991
  • Offices – 1255

Franchise details: Buffalo Wild Wings
Official site

Buffalo Wild Wings is famous for its wings and signature sauces but also serves a full menu. The franchise restaurants have large-screen TVs for watching sports events. The franchisor provides operational specifications, extensive support, supply chain expertise, and marketing.

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12. Firehouse Subs

  • Investments $94,783
  • Franchise fee $20,000
  • Year Brand Started – 2004
  • Year Franchising Started – 2005
  • Offices – 1136

Franchise details: Firehouse Subs
Official site

Brothers Chris and Robin Sorenson, both former firefighters, opened their first Firehouse Subs restaurant in Jacksonville, Florida, in 1994, and began franchising the concept just a year later. Each Firehouse Subs franchise is decorated with firefighting memorabilia and artwork, with a menu that features hot and cold subs and salads.

13. Culver

  • Investments $1,815,000
  • Franchise fee $55,000
  • Year Brand Started – 1984
  • Year Franchising Started – 1988
  • Offices – 664

Franchise details: Culver
Official site

After working with his parents in their restaurants, Craig Culver decided it was time to open one for himself. In 1984 Culver, with the help of his wife Lea and parents George and Ruth, transformed the A&W his parents owned since the sixties into Culver's Frozen Custard. Its founder's family inspired the menu for the initial Sauk City, Wisconsin, restaurant. When Culver's mother made hamburgers, she would put a dab of butter on the crown of the hamburger buns before toasting them; something her children felt made them taste better. Today, employees at each Culver's location use the same technique when making their ButterBurgers.

14. Tropical Smoothie Café

  • Investments $222,770
  • Franchise fee $25,000
  • Year Brand Started – 1997
  • Year Franchising Started – 1997
  • Offices – 645

Franchise details: Tropical Smoothie Cafe
Official site

Serving up smoothies since 1997, Tropical Smoothie Cafe added healthful breakfast, lunch and dinner items to its menu in 1999. Today the menu includes wraps, sandwiches, flatbreads, salads and kids' meals.

15. Pita Pit Inc.

  • Investments $197,638
  • Franchise fee $25,000
  • Year Brand Started – 1995
  • Year Franchising Started – 1997
  • Offices – 628

Franchise details: Pita Pit Inc.
Official site

Nelson Lang and John Sotiriadis sought to provide a healthier alternative to the usual fast food fare when they opened the first Pita Pit in Kingston, Ontario, in 1995 and started serving Lebanese-style pita sandwiches. They began franchising in Canada in 1997, and then in the U.S. two years later.

16. Mr. Sub

  • Investments $160,000
  • Franchise fee $15,000
  • Year Brand Started – 1968
  • Year Franchising Started – 1972
  • Offices – 590

Franchise details: Mr. Sub
Official site

The first Mr. Sub restaurant opened in Toronto, Ontario in March of 1968. Right from the start, the concept was simple: sell quality subs, make them fresh, and serve them fast. And above all, give customers value for their money.

17. Charleys Philly Steaks

  • Investments $225,581
  • Franchise fee $24,500
  • Year Brand Started – 1986
  • Year Franchising Started – 1991
  • Offices – 575

Franchise details: Charleys Philly Steaks
Official site

Visits to his relatives near Philadelphia inspired Charley Shin's entrepreneurial spirit, and he saw his future in cheesesteak sandwiches. In 1986, Shin opened his first Charley's Grilled Subs at Ohio State University. The then-22-year-old's restaurant became an instant hit with professors and students.

18. Hungry Howie's Pizza & Subs

  • Investments $228,300
  • Franchise fee $25,000
  • Year Brand Started – 1973
  • Year Franchising Started – 1982
  • Offices – 551

Franchise details: Hungry Howie's Pizza & Subs
Official site

In 1973, James Hearn converted a 1,000-square-foot hamburger shop in Taylor, Michigan, into a carry-out and delivery pizzeria called Hungry Howie's. Steven Jackson, currently president of Hungry Howie's, began his career delivering pizza for Hearn. In 1976, he approached Hearn about becoming partners and opening a second Hungry Howie's location in Southgate, Michigan. The partners awarded their first Hungry Howie's franchise in Auburn Hills, Michigan, in 1983. The company offers Flavored Crust pizzas in eight varieties, oven-baked calzones, chicken wings, bread and salads.

19. Potbelly Sandwich Shop

  • Investments $564,050
  • Franchise fee $40,000
  • Year Brand Started – 1977
  • Year Franchising Started – 2009
  • Offices – 479

Franchise details: Potbelly Sandwich Shop
Official site

The first incredibly tasty warm sandwich was served over 30 years in Chicago. Since our start in 1977, Potbelly has grown to over 200 stores. We know what works and what doesn't, so we can support you as you accelerate your knowledge base so you can move your business forward. We are friendly, hard working people serving up simple, high quality food, made fast, as a surprisingly reasonable price.

20. Which Wich Superior Sandwiches

  • Investments $203,000
  • Franchise fee $30,000
  • Year Brand Started – 2003
  • Year Franchising Started – 2004
  • Offices – 438

Franchise details: Which Wich Superior Sandwiches
Official site

Which Wich Super Sandwiches was started by Jeff Sinelli, who had previously founded another franchise food concept, Genghis Grill. To order at Which Wich, guests mark their custom orders on sandwich bags with menus printed on them, choosing the type of sandwich, size, bread, cheese, spreads and vegetables. In addition to over 50 sandwich choices, the menu also offers chips, cookies and milkshakes.

21. Hooters

  • Investments $956,500
  • Franchise fee $75,000
  • Year Brand Started – 1983
  • Year Franchising Started – 1986
  • Offices – 426

Franchise details: Hooters
Official site

The first Hooters Restaurant opened in Clearwater, Florida, in 1983. The company, known for its Hooters Girls waitresses, began franchising in 1986. The beach-theme restaurants feature sports displayed on flat-screen TVs and a menu offering seafood, sandwiches, burgers, salads, chicken wings and alcohol.
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22. Dog Haus Int'l.

  • Investments $423,448
  • Franchise fee $35,000
  • Year Brand Started – 2010
  • Year Franchising Started – 2013
  • Offices – 400

Franchise details: Dog Haus Int'l.
Official site

Dog Haus is a restaurant that offers freshly prepared, cooked to order, high quality proprietary gourmet hot dogs, sausages and hamburgers accompanied by proprietary sauces and a variety of other related food products, side dishes and alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages for both on-premises and off-premises consumption.
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23. McAlister's Deli

  • Investments $762,000
  • Franchise fee $35,000
  • Year Brand Started – 1989
  • Year Franchising Started – 1994
  • Offices – 387

Franchise details: McAlister's Deli
Official site

Founder Don Newcomb's goal when he launched McAlister's Deli in 1989 was to create a "gourmet deli with Southern charm." The restaurants serve sandwiches, salads, stuffed baked potatoes, appetizers, desserts and kid's meals. Customers make their selections at the counter, receive their appetizers and drinks and then sit wherever they choose, while roving servers bring their food and drink refills.

24. Schlotzsky's

  • Investments $503,814
  • Franchise fee $30,000
  • Year Brand Started – 1971
  • Year Franchising Started – 1976
  • Offices – 364

Franchise details: Schlotzsky's
Official site

Founded by Don and Dolores Dissman in 1971, Schlotzsky's serves meat, light and specialty sandwiches, along with pizzas, salads and soups. Today the company is a subsidiary of Focus Brands, which also franchises Carvel and Cinnabon.

25. Blimpie Subs & Salads

  • Investments $139,780
  • Year Brand Started – 1964
  • Year Franchising Started – 1970
  • Offices – 315

Franchise details: Blimpie Subs & Salads
Official site

With the help of two friends and $2,500 in borrowed start-up capital, Anthony Conza opened the first Blimpie Subs & Salads location in Hoboken, New Jersey, in 1964. From that first store, Blimpie grew into an international chain with restaurants in malls, shopping centers, convenience stores, colleges, sports arenas, hospitals and sports arenas. Each location serves a variety of hot and cold subs, wraps, salads and soups.

26. Penn Station East Coast Subs

  • Investments $290,984
  • Franchise fee $25,000
  • Year Brand Started – 1985
  • Year Franchising Started – 1987
  • Offices – 315

Franchise details: Penn Station East Coast Subs
Official site

Jeff Osterfeld opened his first quick-service restaurant, Jeffrey's Delicatessen, in Dayton, Ohio, in 1983. A visit to the east coast inspired him to add Philly cheesesteaks to his menu. Then in 1985, he made cheesesteaks the star of the menu in his second restaurant, the first Penn Station, in Cincinnati. Franchising of the concept began two years later.

27. Freddy's Frozen Custard & Steakburgers

  • Investments $592,810
  • Franchise fee $25,000
  • Year Brand Started – 2002
  • Year Franchising Started – 2004
  • Offices – 311

Franchise details: Freddy's Frozen Custard & Steakburgers
Official site

Freddy's Frozen Custard is named for WWII veteran Freddy Simon, whose sons teamed with experienced restaurateur Scott Redler to open the first Freddy's in his hometown of Wichita, Kansas, in 2002. The company began franchising in 2004. Freddy's restaurants serve steakburgers, hot dogs and frozen custard.

28. Nathan's Famous Inc.

  • Investments $276,360
  • Franchise fee $30
  • Year Brand Started – 1916
  • Year Franchising Started – 1988
  • Offices – 302

Franchise details: Nathan's Famous Inc.
Official site

Polish immigrant Nathan Handwerker took his wife Ida's recipe for hot dogs and started selling them from a stand in Coney Island in 1916. The Nathan's Famous hot dog eating contest that started that same year continues to be held every July 4th to this day. Al Capone, Jimmy Durante and Cary Grant were regular customers, and FDR had Nathan's Famous hot dogs served to the king and queen of England in 1939. Nathan's Famous became a public company in 1970, and began franchising in 1988. In addition to hot dogs, the menu offers hamburgers, chicken, cheesesteaks and fries.

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29. Smashburger

  • Investments $545,500
  • Franchise fee $40,000
  • Year Brand Started – 2007
  • Year Franchising Started – 2008
  • Offices – 256

Franchise details: Smashburger
Official site

After over 20 years working in the restaurant industry, for companies such as McDonald's, Long John Silver's, Pizza Hut and Quiznos, Tom Ryan started his own restaurant in 2007: Smashburger. Named for the way its burgers are cooked (by smashing a ball of ground beef onto the grill), Smashburger offers customers a variety of bun and topping choices. Chicken and veggie burgers are also available, as well as hot dogs, salads, sides and shakes.

30. Togo's

  • Investments $274,000
  • Franchise fee $30,000
  • Year Brand Started – 1971
  • Year Franchising Started – 1977
  • Offices – 237

Franchise details: Togo's
Official site

College student Mike Cobler was tired of eating cafeteria food. With a limited budget, he set up a small sandwich shop in 1971 to serve his fellow students at San Jose State University in Northern California. Soon, lines were forming out the door for Cobler's sandwiches, and he opened another Togo's. The company began franchising in 1977, with shops serving sandwiches, salads, wraps and soups to customers on the West Coast.

31. Corner Bakery Café

  • Investments $843,000
  • Franchise fee $25,000
  • Year Brand Started – 1991
  • Year Franchising Started – 2006
  • Offices – 184

Franchise details: Corner Bakery Cafe
Official site

Corner Bakery started out as a bread bakery in downtown Chicago in 1991, and gradually evolved into a fast-casual cafe serving sandwiches, paninis, soups, salads, breakfast and desserts. The brand began franchising in 2006.

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32. Roly Poly

  • Investments $55,000
  • Franchise fee $20,000
  • Year Brand Started – 1992
  • Year Franchising Started – 1997
  • Offices – 171

Franchise details: Roly Poly
Official site

Our original first year franchisees are still opening new stores and celebrating record breaking sales! What's the reason for this amazing franchisee success? Another of our favorite words, SIMPLICITY! The system that we have developed is simple, and when our system is followed, it works. We know that it's not always easy to match up the right franchisees to the right concept. How can you tell if our franchise system might be the right one for you?

33. Extreme Pita

  • Investments $1,160,000
  • Franchise fee $20,000
  • Year Brand Started – 1997
  • Year Franchising Started – 1998
  • Offices – 159

Franchise details: Extreme Pita
Official site

Brothers Alex and Mark Rechichi opened the first Extreme Pita in 1997 and began franchising a year later. Based in Mississauga, Ontario, the company offers franchises in both Canada and the U.S. The Extreme Pita menu offers a variety of sandwich wraps and pizzas made with pita bread, along with salads, pita chips and cookies.

34. Teriyaki Madness

  • Investments $270,699
  • Franchise fee $45,000
  • Year Brand Started – 2003
  • Year Franchising Started – 2015
  • Offices – 140

Franchise details: Teriyaki Madness
Official site

TMAD provides a cooler, healthier, and more fulfilling alternative to the usual fast food experience of burgers, subs, and pizzas.

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35. Wayback Burgers

  • Investments $209,000
  • Franchise fee $35,000
  • Year Brand Started – 1991
  • Year Franchising Started – 2006
  • Offices – 125

Franchise details: Wayback Burgers
Official site

From our first humble shop in Newark, DE, opened in 1991 as Jake's Hamburgers and still a state favorite, we've now begun franchising worldwide. Currently operating in 28 states, Wayback Burgers' potential has been demonstrated by our loyal following. We are rapidly expanding our brand, recently reaching over 455 contracted locations with over 145 currently operating worldwide. With new locations available worldwide - here's the opportunity to set your course for success.

36. Newk's Eatery

  • Investments $932,000
  • Franchise fee $40,000
  • Year Brand Started – 2004
  • Year Franchising Started – 2005
  • Offices – 112

Franchise details: Newk's Eatery
Official site

At Newk’s, great food is our passion. We live for the tantalizing smells, sights, tastes and textures of meals that are made to perfection. Newk’s was founded in 2004 by Don Newcomb, Debra Bryson and Chris Newcomb in Oxford, Mississippi.

37. Pizza Factory Inc.

  • Investments $156,000
  • Franchise fee $30,000
  • Year Brand Started – 1979
  • Year Franchising Started – 1985
  • Offices – 108

Franchise details: Pizza Factory Inc.
Official site

Founded in 1979, Oakhurst, California-based Pizza Factory prepares pizzas, pasta, calzones and other favorites for its customers throughout the western United States and China. When Danny and Carol Wheeler opened the first restaurant near Yosemite National Park, it was called Danny's Red Devil Pizza.

38. Capriotti's Sandwich Shop Inc.

  • Investments $350,000
  • Year Brand Started – 1976
  • Year Franchising Started – 1991
  • Offices – 101

Franchise details: Capriotti's Sandwich Shop Inc.
Official site

In 1976, Lois and Alan Margolet opened a sandwich shop in Wilmington, Delaware, naming it after their grandfather, Philip Capriotti. To differentiate their store from the competition, they roasted whole fresh turkeys overnight to use in their signature sandwich recipes. In 1991, they began offering franchises to family members, and later to others outside their family. In 2008, they sold the company to an investment group led by Ashley Morris, who had been a Las Vegas area Capriotti's franchisee since 2004.

39. Jerry's Subs & Pizza

  • Investments $250,000
  • Franchise fee $25,000
  • Year Brand Started – 1954
  • Year Franchising Started – 1980
  • Offices – 100

Franchise details: Jerry's Subs & Pizza
Official site

The first Jerry's Subs opened in Wheaton, Maryland, in 1954, selling over-stuffed submarine sandwichs and New York-style pizza. Since it started franchising in 1980, the company has grown to include locations along the East Coast, as well as in the Caribbean and Central America.

40. Erbert & Gerbert's Sandwich Shop

  • Investments $191,014
  • Franchise fee $30,000
  • Year Brand Started – 1987
  • Year Franchising Started – 1992
  • Offices – 97

Franchise details: Erbert & Gerbert's Sandwich Shop
Official site

What we do every day is deliver an unforgettable product that is fresh, healthy, fast and delicious. We offer sandwiches made fresh on three varieties of bread, mouth watering soups, enormous deli-style pickles, chips, fresh-baked cookies and delicious dessert bars.

41. Cousins Subs

  • Investments $182,200
  • Franchise fee $25,000
  • Year Brand Started – 1972
  • Year Franchising Started – 1985
  • Offices – 96

Franchise details: Cousins Subs
Official site

Missing the submarine sandwiches he'd enjoyed growing up, Bill Specht began thinking about opening his own sandwich shop in his new home, Milwaukee. Finally, he teamed up with his cousin, Jim Sheppard, along with their wives, Sandy Specht and Mary Sheppard, to open the first Cousins Subs in 1972. With the help of a local baker, they came up with a unique bread recipe, and bread is now baked fresh several times a day in every Cousins Subs shop.

42. Saladworks

  • Investments $498,089
  • Franchise fee $30,000
  • Year Brand Started – 1986
  • Year Franchising Started – 1992
  • Offices – 93

Franchise details: Saladworks
Official site

Saladworks was founded in Cherry Hill, N.J., in 1986 and began franchising in 1992. The franchise's menu features signature salad recipes along with a create-your-own-salad option, as well as soups and sandwiches.

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43. Zoup! Systems LLC

  • Investments $355,900
  • Franchise fee $39,900
  • Year Brand Started – 1998
  • Year Franchising Started – 2003
  • Offices – 91

Franchise details: Zoup! Systems LLC
Official site

The first Zoup! opened in 1998 in Southfield, MI, a suburb of Detroit. Over the next five years, the founders opened five more Detroit-area locations, and in 2003 they began to franchise the concept. Zoup! restaurants feature 12 rotating daily varieties of soup, including low-fat, vegetarian, gluten-free and dairy-free options. Made-to-order salads, grilled sandwiches and baked goods are also available.

44. PrimoHoagies

  • Investments $165,700
  • Franchise fee $35,000
  • Year Brand Started – 2002
  • Year Franchising Started – 2002
  • Offices – 89

Franchise details: PrimoHoagies
Official site

When the original PrimoHoagies opened in South Philadelphia, it seemed as if there was a hoagie shop on every street corner. PrimoHoagies knew that they needed to differentiate themselves from the competition and to emphasize the authentic Italian style of the hoagie, which is how it was originated.
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45. Goodcents Deli Fresh Subs

  • Investments $211,432
  • Franchise fee $35,000
  • Year Brand Started – 1989
  • Year Franchising Started – 1991
  • Offices – 88

Franchise details: Goodcents Deli Fresh Subs
Official site

At Goodcents® Deli Fresh Subs, WE’RE COMMITTED TO GIVING YOU THE HIGHEST QUALITY sandwich and meal every time you visit, whether you’re coming to see us or having our food delivered right to your doorstep.

46. Cafe Depot

  • Investments $100,000
  • Franchise fee $25,000
  • Year Brand Started – 1994
  • Year Franchising Started – 1994
  • Offices – 87

Franchise details: Cafe Depot
Official site

We specialize in coffees from all over the world using only the best in 100% Arabica beans. Serving the most delicious sandwiches and desserts in a warm friendly atmosphere.

47. Vocelli Pizza

  • Investments $170,000
  • Year Brand Started – 1988
  • Offices – 87

Franchise details: Vocelli Pizza
Official site

Vocelli Pizza is a 26-year old franchise company that has withstood the test of time serving high quality artisan pizzas and classic Italian dishes.
Vocelli Pizza

48. Dunn Brothers Coffee

  • Investments $388,200
  • Franchise fee $37,000
  • Year Brand Started – 1987
  • Year Franchising Started – 1994
  • Offices – 82

Franchise details: Dunn Brothers Coffee
Official site

Brothers Ed and Dan Dunn open their first coffee shop in St. Paul, Minnesota, in 1987. Chris Eilers and Skip Fay became the first Dunn Bros franchisees in 1994, and in 1998, they purchased the rights to franchise the system themselves. Dunn Bros shops, located primarily throughout the Midwest, roast their coffee in-store, usually daily.

49. Mr. Goodcents Franchise Systems Inc.

  • Investments $156,972
  • Year Brand Started – 1989
  • Year Franchising Started – 1991
  • Offices – 80

Franchise details: Mr. Goodcents Franchise Systems Inc.
Official site

Joseph Bisogno started out running a lemonade stand when he was 6, bought an ice cream truck at 18 and later purchased a gas station. In 1988, Bisogno started Mr. Goodcents Inc. after nearly 10 years of experience with the McDonald’s Corp.

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50. Hot Dog on a Stick

  • Investments $338,200
  • Year Brand Started – 1946
  • Year Franchising Started – 1997
  • Offices – 74

Franchise details: Hot Dog on a Stick
Official site

An American Icon since 1946, Hot Dog on a Stick™ began as the entrepreneurial dream of Dave Barham. What began as a small beachfront store in Santa Monica has grown to over 75 locations in the United States, as well as locations in Korea! And that beachfront store in Santa Monica is STILL serving our famous food and lemonade to beachgoers today!

51. Zero's Subs

  • Investments $150,000
  • Franchise fee $20,000
  • Year Brand Started – 1967
  • Year Franchising Started – 1967
  • Offices – 70

Franchise details: Zero's Subs
Official site

Zero's Subs is one of the largest regional sandwich franchises in the U.S. with more than 30 restaurants nationally.

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52. Foster's Freeze

  • Investments $64,000
  • Year Brand Started – 1946
  • Year Franchising Started – 1946
  • Offices – 70

Franchise details: Foster's Freeze
Official site

Fosters Freeze has been a California tradition since the mid 1940's. The Fosters story begins in 1946 when George Foster opened the first Fosters Freeze in Inglewood, California. He introduced the soft serve cone and a line of soft serve desserts.

53. Steak Escape Sandwich Grill

  • Investments $148,250
  • Franchise fee $35,000
  • Year Brand Started – 1982
  • Year Franchising Started – 1983
  • Offices – 66

Franchise details: Steak Escape Sandwich Grill
Official site

The Steak Escape was established in Columbus, Ohio, in 1982 by Ken Smith and Mark Turner. One year later, Escape Enterprise Ltd. was formed, and Steak Escape started franchising mall sites, as well as locations in college campuses, airports and sports arenas. The privately held company specializes in genuine Philadelphia cheesesteaks and operates in more than 30 states as well as overseas.
Steak Escape

54. Great Wraps

  • Investments $159,500
  • Franchise fee $22,500
  • Year Brand Started – 1974
  • Year Franchising Started – 1983
  • Offices – 63

Franchise details: Great Wraps
Official site

Great Wraps Grill served its first hot wrapped sandwich in 1974, providing customers with a quick alternative to hamburgers. Today the company offers a menu that includes tortilla and pita wraps, cheesesteaks and smoothies.
Great Wraps Final

55. Tubby's Sub Shop Inc.

  • Investments $102,900
  • Year Brand Started – 1968
  • Year Franchising Started – 1978
  • Offices – 59

Franchise details: Tubby's Sub Shop Inc.
Official site

Founder Richard Paganes opened the first Tubby’s Sub Shop in 1968 in St. Clair Shores, Michigan. The company began franchising in 1978 and has locations in the Midwest and southeastern United States. Tubby’s, which began as a family-owned and -operated business, is now public and is based in Clinton Township, Michigan.

56. Roy Rogers Restaurants

  • Investments $868,250
  • Franchise fee $30,000
  • Year Brand Started – 1968
  • Year Franchising Started – 1980
  • Offices – 54

Franchise details: Roy Rogers Restaurants
Official site

Roy Rogers is a western-themed quick-service restaurant franchise. The franchise menu features all three most popular dishes: roast beef, fried chicken, and burgers. Restaurants require footage about 2,800 – 3,500 sq. f. and located in freestanding buildings or shopping center end-caps with good visibility. Non-traditional options are also available. Franchise owners must be ready for multi-unit ownership and have experience in franchise development or restaurant operation.

57. Quaker Steak & Lube

  • Investments $473,500
  • Year Brand Started – 1974
  • Year Franchising Started – 1997
  • Offices – 50

Franchise details: Quaker Steak & Lube
Official site

In 1974, with gas prices rising and gas stations closing around the country, George "Jig" Warren III and Gary "Moe" Meszaros sought to preserve the culture of those old gas stations by opening Quaker Steak & Lube, a restaurant decorated with old muscle cars.
Franchising with Quaker Steak & Lube

58. Boomarang Diner

  • Investments $109,800
  • Year Brand Started – 2006
  • Year Franchising Started – 2006
  • Offices – 48

Franchise details: Boomarang Diner
Official site

Charles Degraffenreid started Boomarang Diner with a single store in Muskogee, Oklahoma, but before that he had been a top franchisee with a major national restaurant franchise. His experience as a franchisee shaped the way he did business and led him to opening the successful Boomarang Diner with nearly 50 franchise locations.

59. Green Leaf's/Banana's

  • Investments $219,500
  • Year Brand Started – 1998
  • Year Franchising Started – 1998
  • Offices – 46

Franchise details: Green Leaf's/Banana's
Official site

Founded in 1976, Green Leaf’s started offering better for you options before it became trendy. Green Leaf’s continues to be the better for you option when eating on the go. With over 35 locations across the U.S., Green Leaf’s is proud to be the feel good, taste good, be good choice!
Green Leaf's & Bananas

60. Elevation Burger

  • Investments $408,500
  • Franchise fee $35,000
  • Year Brand Started – 2005
  • Year Franchising Started – 2008
  • Offices – 44

Franchise details: Elevation Burger
Official site

After three years of research and product development, Hans and April Hess opened the first Elevation Burger in 2005. The menu features hamburgers made with organic beef, french fries cooked in olive oil, shakes and malts. Restaurants use energy efficient equipment and recycled and recyclable materials and are typically LEED certified.
Elevation Burger "Beyond Good" Commercial

61. Mr. Pita

  • Investments $75,000
  • Franchise fee $35,000
  • Year Brand Started – 1993
  • Year Franchising Started – 1994
  • Offices – 39

Franchise details: Mr. Pita
Official site

Mr. Pita is the fresh, fun alternative to burger, fries and pizza franchises. One of the strongest trends in the food industry today is the shift towards "fresh and healthy" dining. Mr. Pita is a business system positioned to take advantage of this well-established and growing market.

62. Mr. Pickle's Sandwich Shop

  • Investments $151,500
  • Year Brand Started – 1995
  • Year Franchising Started – 2005
  • Offices – 38

Franchise details: Mr. Pickle's Sandwich Shop
Official site

It all started in 1975 at King Plaza Deli in Daly City, California. King Plaza was a regular hang out for Frank and his friends. Through his personality and sharp wit, Frank was able to negotiate his first job, at the deli, cleaning tables and sweeping floors for $3.00 a day, at the age of eight. He continued to move up the ranks eventually working each and every position in the deli. Frank demonstrated his commitment to the job staying with King Plaza until he started high school at the age of fourteen.
Mr. Pickle's Sandwich Shop Sourdough Commercial

63. Freshway Food Systems

  • Investments $60,000
  • Franchise fee $15,000
  • Year Brand Started – 1993
  • Year Franchising Started – 2000
  • Offices – 37

Franchise details: Freshway Food Systems
Official site

This is Freshway: a QUALITY product that helps you become more competitive. It's a PARTNERSHIP that allows YOU to make the decisions. It's about selling at a margin that lets you SUCCEED. And, it's about MARKETING your product in your location for YOUR success.
Freshway movie 1 1

64. Groucho's Deli

  • Investments $82,548
  • Year Brand Started – 1941
  • Year Franchising Started – 2001
  • Offices – 33

Franchise details: Groucho's Deli
Official site

Harold "Groucho" Miller came to Columbia, South Carolina in 1941 and opened the first Groucho's Deli, selling his original recipes for potato salad, cole slaw and salad and sandwich dressings such as "Formula 45 Sauce" (a recipe perfected in 1945). The company began franchising 60 years later, expanding throughout the Southeastern U.S.
Fast, Fresh & Original

65. Tom & Chee

  • Investments $402,200
  • Franchise fee $40,000
  • Year Brand Started – 2009
  • Year Franchising Started – 2012
  • Offices – 31

Franchise details: Tom & Chee
Official site

Tom & Chee is the grilled cheese and tomato soup shop for the kid at heart, mixing classic comfort food with fresh ingredients, healthy alternatives, and a flair for the unexpected.
Tom and Chee opens in Strongsville

66. Fresh Healthy Café

  • Investments $176,000
  • Franchise fee $30,000
  • Year Brand Started – 2001
  • Year Franchising Started – 2009
  • Offices – 27

Franchise details: Fresh Healthy Cafe
Official site

At FRESH, we are constantly scouring the globe to source the healthiest ingredients for our menu. Other restaurants may have a flashy name, but FRESH is all about quality and health. Our customers look and feel great and the atmosphere in our restaurants is electric.

Fresh Healthy Cafe

67. Cream

  • Investments $191,000
  • Franchise fee $30,000
  • Year Brand Started – 2010
  • Year Franchising Started – 2012
  • Offices – 26

Franchise details: Cream
Official site

In 2010, Jimmy and Gus Shamieh led the Shamieh family in opening the first location in Berkeley, California. Working the store from open to close, the Shamieh family started serving happiness one ice cream sandwich at a time.

What is CREAM?

68. Silver Mine Subs

  • Investments $107,000
  • Franchise fee $20,000
  • Year Brand Started – 1996
  • Year Franchising Started – 2014
  • Offices – 25

Franchise details: Silver Mine Subs
Official site

Silver Mine Subs offers the freshest and finest hot and cold submarine sandwiches, wraps, salads, sides, soups, and chili this side of the mine. There is no grillin or fryin.
The Restaurant Show | SilverMineSubs.com | Silver Mine Subs | 608-286-1000 | 9/2/14

69. Philly's Best Cheesesteaks

  • Investments $203,500
  • Franchise fee $30,000
  • Year Brand Started – 1992
  • Year Franchising Started – 2000
  • Offices – 23

Franchise details: Philly's Best Cheesesteaks
Official site

For over 20 years, Philly's Best Cheesesteaks has remained committed to our tradition of delivering the authentic Philadelphia cheesesteak experience to our loyal customers. From our award-winning cheesesteaks to our mouth-watering hoagies, our proprietary recipes and ingredients set us apart from our competition. If you're looking for the opportunity to leverage a proven concept, you've come to the right place!

70. Burger 21

  • Investments $428,247
  • Year Brand Started – 2010
  • Year Franchising Started – 2011
  • Offices – 23

Franchise details: Burger 21
Official site

Burger 21 is a new fast-casual concept with a menu featuring 21 chef-inspired burgers, signature shakes, salads and more.

71. Ritter's Frozen Custard

  • Investments $365,000
  • Franchise fee $25,000
  • Year Brand Started – 1990
  • Year Franchising Started – 1994
  • Offices – 20

Franchise details: Ritter's Frozen Custard
Official site

John and Bonny opened the first Ritter’s Frozen Custard shoppe in Franklin, Indiana, in 1989. Today, under the TRUFOODS family of brands, Ritter’s Frozen Custard is headquartered in New York City, NY with shoppes all across the Midwest, Florida and Texas.
Ritter's Frozen Custard Ice Cream Store - Low Cost Small Business Franchise

72. N.Y.C. Bagel & Sandwich Shop

  • Investments $50,000
  • Franchise fee $24,500
  • Year Brand Started – 1994
  • Year Franchising Started – 1994
  • Offices – 20

Franchise details: N.Y.C. Bagel & Sandwich Shop
Official site

You'll find that N.Y.C. Bagel & Sandwich Shop runs rings around other bagel shops with a delicious array of complementary foods.

73. Rising Roll

  • Investments $250,000
  • Year Brand Started – 1999
  • Year Franchising Started – 1999
  • Offices – 19

Franchise details: Rising Roll
Official site

The energy of Rising Roll Gourmet Café greets you as you walk in the door of this truly unique restaurant. Innovative thinking is behind every one of the made from scratch recipes, gourmet sandwiches, breakfast items, and baked goods.
Rising Roll Gourmet Café: Franchising Opportunities

74. The Lost Cajun

  • Investments $207,600
  • Franchise fee $35,000
  • Year Brand Started – 2010
  • Year Franchising Started – 2013
  • Offices – 16

Franchise details: The Lost Cajun
Official site

The original Lost Cajun® was founded in October of 2010 in Frisco, Colorado with my late wife Belinda. In 2012, my best friend and fishing buddy Jon Espey joined me and we opened The Lost Cajun® in Breckenridge, Colorado. Since then we have grown The Lost Cajun® brand to more than 16 stores nationwide and counting!
The Lost Cajun - Thanksgiving14

75. Cheba Hut Toasted Subs

  • Investments $176,500
  • Franchise fee $35,000
  • Year Brand Started – 1998
  • Year Franchising Started – 2002
  • Offices – 16

Franchise details: Cheba Hut Toasted Subs
Official site

Cheba Hut is a “Toasted” sub concept that has been curing munchies since its start in 1998. Founder Scott Jennings decided to showcase the harmony between great tasting food and … well, a very specific counter-culture.

76. Nardelli's Grinder Shoppe

  • Investments $89,000
  • Year Brand Started – 1992
  • Year Franchising Started – 1992
  • Offices – 15

Franchise details: Nardelli's Grinder Shoppe
Official site

Nardelli's Grinder Shoppe began in 1922 as a family business. They have perfected their recipes over the years, but have kept the emphasis on family.
NBC Connecticut Feast TV: Nardelli's

77. Lee's Hoagie House

  • Investments $138,800
  • Year Brand Started – 1953
  • Year Franchising Started – 2014
  • Offices – 15

Franchise details: Lee's Hoagie House
Official site

Lee’s began serving our famous hoagies and cheese steaks over 60 years ago in a tiny storefront in Philadelphia, combining a BEST-IN-CLASS product with our four pillars of success: QUALITY, CONSISTENCY, CLEANLINESS and SERVICE.

78. Smiling Moose Rocky Mountain Deli

  • Investments $315,300
  • Franchise fee $35,000
  • Year Brand Started – 2003
  • Year Franchising Started – 2008
  • Offices – 15

Franchise details: Smiling Moose Rocky Mountain Deli
Official site

Smiling Moose Rocky Mountain Deli was named one of the fast casual industry’s most significant brands of the year, earning a spot on the 2016 Fast Casual Top 100 Movers & Shakers list.

79. Wall Street Deli

  • Investments $190,500
  • Franchise fee $25,000
  • Year Brand Started – 1992
  • Year Franchising Started – 1992
  • Offices – 13

Franchise details: Wall Street Deli

Wall Street Deli is a unique fast-casual restaurant that prides itself on our ability to offer consumers a large variety of upscale made-to order items that follow today's industry trends. The only true New York style deli with a national presence, units are primarily located in airports, downtown office buildings, hospitals and college campuses.

80. Five Guys

  • Investments $152,600
  • Franchise fee $25,000
  • Year Brand Started – 1986
  • Year Franchising Started – 2002
  • Offices – 12

Franchise details: Five Guys
Official site

At Five Guys, we don't like to talk about ourselves very much. We would rather focus on making burgers. So if you're interested in franchising, we hope it's because you love our burgers, love that we have a simple menu, and want to serve great burgers in a clean and friendly environment with very little fuss. If you feel that way, then there isn't much more to say!
Five Guys Burgers and Fries

81. NYC Bagel & Sandwich Shop

  • Investments $118,500
  • Franchise fee $27,500
  • Year Brand Started – 1995
  • Year Franchising Started – 2007
  • Offices – 11

Franchise details: NYC Bagel & Sandwich Shop
Official site

The history of bagels dates back over 300 years. Why not make some history of your own – with America’s premier bagel … and a premier bagel franchising concept. Why is NYC Bagel & Sandwich Shop the Top Bagel Franchise? No other bagel can compare to our original New York bagel.
Be Your Own Boss Today - NYC Bagel & Sandwich Shop

82. Georgio's Subs

  • Investments $66,800
  • Franchise fee $15,000
  • Year Brand Started – 1988
  • Year Franchising Started – 2000
  • Offices – 11

Franchise details: Georgio's Subs
Official site

Georgio’s Subs has developed its sandwich franchise brand around a goal to provide the best subs in town. This means we use the best-tasting highest-quality ingredients to build the most delicious subs, soups and salads available. Our facilities are clean, bright and attractive, and our helpful, well-groomed and well-trained staff members ensure an attentive, friendly delivery of service in the industry.
Georgio's Subs

83. Melt Shop

  • Investments $368,240
  • Franchise fee $35,000
  • Year Brand Started – 2010
  • Year Franchising Started – 2017
  • Offices – 11

Franchise details: Melt Shop
Official site

Melt Shop does more than create melted sandwich masterpieces, it creates a culinary experience unmatched in the fast-casual space.
Thrillist - Melt Shop - New York, NY

84. My Friend's Place

  • Investments $156,650
  • Franchise fee $20,000
  • Year Brand Started – 1980
  • Year Franchising Started – 1990
  • Offices – 10

Franchise details: My Friend's Place
Official site

David and Rosalind Katz wanted to start a shoe store, but didn't have the funds to purchase inventory let alone start an entire business. Instead of giving up, the Katzes moved to plan B, opening a sandwich shop in the Atlanta suburb of Sandy Springs in 1980.

85. Jon Smith Subs

  • Investments $309,000
  • Year Brand Started – 1988
  • Year Franchising Started – 2007
  • Offices – 10

Franchise details: Jon Smith Subs
Official site

Customers at Jon Smith Subs experience the thrill of the grill, getting what they truly want with a wide range of customized menu options, including piping hot fries. It’s all part of why a Jon Smith Subs customer is a customer for life.

86. The Cheese Course

  • Investments $4,365,575
  • Franchise fee $40,000
  • Year Brand Started – 2001
  • Year Franchising Started – 2011
  • Offices – 9

Franchise details: The Cheese Course
Official site

Every taste has a tale and ours is adventure through artisanal, handcrafted cheeses from dairy farms from all around the world. Our guests bite into flavorful sandwiches and fresh salads and sip up savory soups and divine drinks. We are a European-style bistro and cheese market that brings the taste of tradition. Come share your story and be a part of ours at The Cheese Course.
The Cheese Course

87. Arthur Treacher's

  • Investments $45,000
  • Year Brand Started – 1969
  • Year Franchising Started – 2002
  • Offices – 8

Franchise details: Arthur Treacher's
Official site

Arthur Treacher's brings old England's national snack of batter-fried fish escorted by huge fries to these shores to satisfy All-American appetites!
Arthur Treacher's Fish & Chips (Commercial, 1979)

88. San Francisco Sourdough Eatery Inc.

  • Investments $150,400
  • Franchise fee $25,000
  • Year Brand Started – 1999
  • Year Franchising Started – 2003
  • Offices – 8

Franchise details: San Francisco Sourdough Eatery Inc.
Official site

Own a franchise in the hottest sandwich franchise today – San Francisco Style Sourdough Eatery. What makes San Francisco Style Sourdough Eatery better? Every sandwich is crafted on warm sourdough bread. Our authentic sourdough soup bowls and our fresh salads include some of the tastiest recipes in the billion dollar sandwich market. San Francisco Style Sourdough Eatery offers one of the most affordable turnkey franchise packages available. Take control of your future, become a San Francisco Style Sourdough Eatery and enjoy the excitement and success of this premium sandwich franchise.

89. Rise Biscuits & Donuts

  • Investments $393,600
  • Franchise fee $35,000
  • Year Brand Started – 2012
  • Year Franchising Started – 2014
  • Offices – 7

Franchise details: Rise Biscuits & Donuts
Official site

Rise Biscuits Donuts is an award-winning, innovative fast casual concept providing fresh, premium quality food at an affordable price point. Founded by a CIA trained chef, we serve homemade biscuits, hand rolled yeast and cake donuts filled and topped with bold flavors, gourmet ingredients and lots of love.

90. Amsterdam Falafelshops

  • Investments $371,300
  • Franchise fee $29,500
  • Year Brand Started – 2004
  • Year Franchising Started – 2010
  • Offices – 7

Franchise details: Amsterdam Falafelshops
Official site

Inspired by the falafel shops throughout Amsterdam, founders Scott and Arianne Bennett have brought the exciting flavors of Europe and the Middle East first to Washington DC, then the Greater Boston Area and Dallas, Texas. Believing that food can be both quick and delicious, the Bennetts have set out to perfect the Falafel Experience.
Amsterdam Falafelshop - Somerville, MA (Phantom Gourmet)

91. Good Stuff Eatery

  • Investments $1,029,500
  • Franchise fee $50,000
  • Year Brand Started – 2008
  • Year Franchising Started – 2014
  • Offices – 6

Franchise details: Good Stuff Eatery
Official site

Good Stuff Eatery's doors first opened in 2008 in the shadow of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, DC with customers lined around the block. Our customer's passion for our delicious handcrafted burgers and handspun shakes hasn't died down since! We're dedicated to bringing goodness everywhere - and to everyone. To discuss great opportunities for growth and success around the United States and the world, please contact us.

Chef Spike Mendelsohn, Good Stuff Eatery | US Foods

92. The Original Grilled Cheese Truck

  • Investments $63,700
  • Year Brand Started – 2013
  • Year Franchising Started – 2013
  • Offices – 6

Franchise details: The Original Grilled Cheese Truck

Our small menu is diverse and offers a delicious variety to every palette. And if you don't see what you want on the menu, just ask! We'll try to help you create your own version, because we want you to have your personal grilled cheese experience!
The Original Grilled Cheese Truck

93. Metro Bagel & Sandwich

  • Investments $83,000
  • Year Brand Started – 2013
  • Year Franchising Started – 2018
  • Offices – 6

Franchise details: Metro Bagel & Sandwich
Official site

Metro Bagel and Sandwiches wants to make their locations a “One Stop Shop” as corporate points out. “You can stop in for breakfast and coffee, grab a complete lunch with a bottled beverage and a snack for in-between.” Our goal is to have you stop in once and serve you the finest food to last you all day.

94. The Gyro Shack

  • Investments $161,100
  • Franchise fee $25,000
  • Year Brand Started – 2009
  • Year Franchising Started – 2016
  • Offices – 6

Franchise details: The Gyro Shack
Official site

Fresh sauce, fresh salads, and fresh made to order gyros. Everything to be made by hand. We built the shacks for the love of food and health. The Greek way.
Gyro Shack Grand Opening - Vancouver Washington

95.  Friends American Grill

  • Investments $225,250
  • Franchise fee $35,000
  • Year Brand Started – 2010
  • Year Franchising Started – 2010
  • Offices – 5

Franchise details: Friends American Grill
Official site

Friends is a neighborhood grill & bar. We are locally owned and operated by Ray Stanjevich and Suzanne Cartwright, with locations in the Atlanta suburbs of Dacula, Dawsonville, Suwanee, Buford and Winder.
Choices to You - Friends American Grill

96. Rascal House

  • Investments $386,700
  • Franchise fee $30,000
  • Year Brand Started – 1980
  • Year Franchising Started – 2003
  • Offices – 5

Franchise details: Rascal House
Official site

In 1980, Mike and Fouly Frangos turned their passion for food and service into a high quality fast food restaurant in downtown Cleveland. Mike focused on serving people with a smile and serving them quickly. Fouly focused on making sure the recipes were exceptional and the presentation of the food was extraordinary.
A little about Rascal House

97. The Chickery

  • Investments $250,000
  • Franchise fee $30,000
  • Year Brand Started – 2012
  • Year Franchising Started – 2014
  • Offices – 5

Franchise details: The Chickery
Official site

From Celebrity Chef and Food Network Star David Adjey, The Chickery is a pioneer in fast casual better chicken, where better ingredients equal better tasting food. First and foremost, The Chickery is about premium roast chicken, Toronto's best chicken fingers, and real tasty sides.

The Chickery - Fast Casual Roast Chicken

98. Dave's the Doghouse

  • Investments $25,000
  • Franchise fee $25,000
  • Year Brand Started – 2002
  • Year Franchising Started – 2014
  • Offices – 5

Franchise details: Dave's the Doghouse
Official site

In Boston, a man name Howard Johnson started a business on the beach serving hot dogs and 28 different flavors of ice cream (think Baskin Robbins 32 flavors). His hot dogs were grilled and he devised a method of making buns in a loaf which were then sliced on a special machine which left them cut in the center and cut so that there was no crust on the sides. He then buttered and grilled the buns. Howard Johnson went on to establish a major restaurant chain and then a hotel chain which can still be found around the country.

Dave's Doghouse East Coast Gourmet Hot Dogs - NOW FRANCHISING!

99. The Big Salad

  • Investments $250,000
  • Year Brand Started – 2008
  • Year Franchising Started – 2008
  • Offices – 5

Franchise details: The Big Salad
Official site

The Big Salad is more than just a salad franchise restaurant. We believe that food brings people together, and serving made-to-order salads, sandwiches and soups that people love unites us. Our family of owners are passionate about providing a memorable dining experience that turns our customers into raving fans.

100. Between Rounds Bakery Sandwich Café

  • Investments $124,500
  • Year Brand Started – 1990
  • Year Franchising Started – 1992
  • Offices – 5

Franchise details: Between Rounds Bakery Sandwich Cafe
Official site

When Jerry Puiia moved from New York to Connecticut he knew something wasn’t right--there were no bagel shops. With the help of his brother Joe, Puiia opened The Bagel Stop in Hartford, Connecticut, in 1990. When the company began franchising in 1992, its name changed to Between Rounds.

101. Big Al's Steaks

  • Investments $331,150
  • Franchise fee $27,500
  • Year Brand Started – 2006
  • Year Franchising Started – 2009
  • Offices – 4

Franchise details: Big Al's Steaks
Official site

Founded in Coconut Creek, FL, in 2006 by Adam and Alan (Big Al) Costilo, Big Al's Steaks® is a brand that has become synonymous with authentic Philly Steak Sandwiches in South Florida. Big Al's Steaks® serves freshly prepared, high quality, Philly Style Sandwiches and sides at competitive prices.
Al's Steak House in Del Ray, Alexandria

102. Grilled Cheese & Co

  • Investments $100,000
  • Franchise fee $20,000
  • Year Brand Started – 2005
  • Year Franchising Started – 2005
  • Offices – 4

Franchise details: Grilled Cheese & Co
Official site

Grilled Cheese, one of life's simple pleasures!! Inspired by childhood memories, Matt Lancelotta and Vic Corbi set out to create a comfort casual concept offering premium grilled cheese sandwiches and giving guests the comfort foods they desire; a menu featuring a variety of creative, freshly prepared grilled cheese sandwiches, freshly prepared soups, salads, fries and shakes.
Grilled Cheese & Co MVF Video Submission

103. Dat Dog

  • Investments $502,250
  • Franchise fee $50,000
  • Year Brand Started – 2011
  • Year Franchising Started – 2016
  • Offices – 4

Franchise details: Dat Dog
Official site

Dat Dog is a place where amazing and affordable food, fun-loving staff, and bright colors provide you with a sanctuary of joy from the moment you cross its threshold. Combining the soul of Louisiana with the sophistication of Europe, Dat Dog’s artfully crafted cuisine of Hot Dogs, sausages (including vegetarian, vegan and fish), burgers and chicken (fried, grilled or tossed in buffalo sauce) are a thing of beauty. The over 30 toppings available at no extra charge allow you to create your very own “jazz improvisation in a bun”.
Dat Dog

104. Teapioca lounge

  • Investments $217,500
  • Year Brand Started – 2010
  • Year Franchising Started – 2010
  • Offices – 3

Franchise details:Teapioca lounge
Official site

Teapioca Lounge first opened its doors in 2010 in the Austin, TX area. Knowing the deliciousness of bubble teas, and thinking they could make something new of an old favorite by incorporating other thirst-quenching concoctions and a fun yet homelike atmosphere, made it a no-brainer. Our vision is to create an atmosphere where people of all ages can enjoy, not only a wide array of refreshments, but also feel at home enjoying the company of new and old friends.
Teapioca Lounge "Dancer"

105. Maine-ly Sandwiches

  • Investments $145,000
  • Franchise fee $30,000
  • Year Brand Started – 2011
  • Year Franchising Started – 2011
  • Offices – 3

Franchise details: Maine-ly Sandwiches
Official site

Besides Lobster Rolls exactly like you-d find in Maine (Buttered-toasted Rolls with fresh Steamed Lobster tossed in a little mayo), we have your favorite deli sandwich.
Maine-LY Sandwiches

106. Pluckers Wing Bar

  • Investments $70,000
  • Franchise fee $18,000
  • Year Brand Started – 1995
  • Year Franchising Started – 2000
  • Offices – 3

Franchise details: Pluckers Wing Bar
Official site

The first MD Pluckers Wing Factory & Grill was opened in 1995 in Austin, Texas. Our concept is unlike any other restaurant we know of! We believe in serving the highest quality food, including our seventeen delicious flavors of chicken wings and offering our customers the convenience of full service dine-in, take-out AND delivery of our entire menu.

107. Ms. Cheezious

  • Investments $449,000
  • Year Brand Started – 2010
  • Year Franchising Started – 2010
  • Offices – 3

Franchise details: Ms. Cheezious
Official site

Ms. Cheezious® co-founders Brian and Fatima Mullins and M. Christian Dickens rolled the first Ms. Cheezious® food truck on to the streets of Miami in December, 2010. And with it, they took Miami by storm with everyone's favorite comfort food; grilled cheese sandwiches – only not quite as innocent as mom used to make!
Ms. Cheezious - Eat St. Season 4

108. UCBC Bagels

  • Investments $182,900
  • Franchise fee $29,900
  • Year Brand Started – 2010
  • Year Franchising Started – 2017
  • Offices – 3

Franchise details: UCBC Bagels
Official site

Founded in 1997, Upper Crust Bakery & Café (UCBC) is a popular bagel shop and café that started Darien, Connecticut. UCBC serves breakfast and lunch daily with a full menu including bagels and muffins, specialty sandwiches and salads and a wide selection of beverages. Our selection of beverages include premium coffees, hot chocolate, smoothies, juice blends, sodas and iced tea products. Locals consider UCBC bagels to be the best as evidenced by the many awards won over the past 20 years, including the “best of the Gold Coast”.
Upper Crust Bakery Franchise Offering

109. USA Subs

  • Investments $295,400
  • Franchise fee $29,900
  • Year Brand Started – 1988
  • Year Franchising Started – 2006
  • Offices – 3

Franchise details: USA Subs
Official site

USA Subs was founded in 1986 by Karl Kuceris, a businessman and visionary entrepreneur with a talent for creating delicious sandwich and salad ideas, and Russell Hertrich, a successful real estate investor and expert financial advisor. USA Subs became the market leader due to its wide selection of popular offerings such as fresh bread baked on-site, hot grilled subs like the famous Steak Bomb, scrumptious cold subs, wraps, and pockets, salads made to order, and superior customer service in a loyal family environment.

110. BonMi, Vietnamese Sandwiches & Bowls

  • Investments $271,200
  • Franchise fee $30,000
  • Year Brand Started – 2011
  • Year Franchising Started – 2016
  • Offices – 3

Franchise details: BonMi, Vietnamese Sandwiches & Bowls

BonMi is a Vietnamese-inspired fast-casual restaurant serving made-to-order bánh mì sandwiches, rice and noodle bowls and salads. Guests can customize their orders with their choice of meat, veggie or tofu filling, one of six sauces, and toppings such as cilantro, cucumbers and pickled carrots. In 2015, BonMi's Upper West Side restaurant was voted New York City's Best Vietnamese Restaurant at the Taste Asia food festival.

111. Thirsty Turtle

  • Investments $310,750
  • Franchise fee $35,000
  • Year Brand Started – 1994
  • Year Franchising Started – 2014
  • Offices – 2

Franchise details: Thirsty Turtle
Official site

We are a family-owned restaurant that caters to both local and seasonal guests, serving only the freshest seafood and the best wings in South Florida. Each unit offers dine-in or carryout services, which complements our entire menu. The Thirsty Turtle has carved out a niche designed to provide great food to customers in a fun, family-friendly environment.
Thirsty Turtle, Roatan

112. Wrap City

  • Investments $121,733
  • Year Brand Started – 2015
  • Year Franchising Started – 2017
  • Offices – 2

Franchise details: Wrap City
Official site

Wrap City was founded in 2015 in Londonderry, New Hampshire. The original restaurant has since become a staple of the community and, based on its initial introduction, Wrap City is now launching a Franchise program.
Robert Irvine and Wrap City

113. Goose Feathers

  • Investments $250,000
  • Franchise fee $35,000
  • Year Brand Started – 1986
  • Year Franchising Started – 2017
  • Offices – 2

Franchise details: Goose Feathers
Official site

The Goose Feathers Café Franchise: Build a Strong Financial Future along with the Lifestyle you have Always Wanted.

114. I Heart Mac and Cheese

  • Investments $164,600
  • Franchise fee $3,000
  • Year Brand Started – 2015
  • Year Franchising Started – 2017
  • Offices – 2

Franchise details: I Heart Mac and Cheese
Official site

Who doesn’t like macaroni and cheese? Often listed as one of the most sought-after and popular comfort foods in the world, macaroni and cheese appeals to everyone. Our chef-inspired beginnings launched the I Heart Mac & Cheese concept in South Florida in 2015.
I Heart Mac & Cheese: Franchising

115. VeganBurg

  • Investments $1,000,000
  • Year Brand Started – 2010
  • Year Franchising Started – 2018
  • Offices – 2

Franchise details: VeganBurg
Official site

VeganBurg, the world's first 100% plant-based burger joint was founded on October 10, 2010. A global plant-based revolution while inspiring a worldwide change. We used to think that a plant-based diet is impossible. We've always respected people's diet choices.
VeganBurg | New Vegan Restaurant in San Francisco

116. Elbows Mac N' Cheese

  • Investments $188,000
  • Franchise fee $30,000
  • Year Brand Started – 2010
  • Year Franchising Started – 2018
  • Offices – 2

Franchise details: Elbows Mac N' Cheese
Official site

A place where high quality ingredients are a priority and service standards meet those of the best restaurants. We bring a new twist to an American comfort food favorite: Mac N Cheese. At Elbows, we’ve combined the best mac n’ cheese recipes with our own delicious signature creations.
Loaded Mac n' Cheese, LA | The Great Cheese Hunt, Ep 3

117. The Tuckaway Tavern & Butchery

  • Investments $1,351,733
  • Year Brand Started – 2012
  • Year Franchising Started – 2012
  • Offices – 1

Franchise details: The Tuckaway Tavern & Butchery
Official site

It’s time for a franchise model that completely redefines the market place. One that offers a business model no one has done with such success and market potential.
Tuckaway Tavern - Raymond, NH (Phantom Gourmet)

118. Philly Connection

  • Investments $150,000
  • Franchise fee $10,000
  • Year Brand Started – 1984
  • Year Franchising Started – 2018
  • Offices – 1

Franchise details: Philly Connection
Official site

Since 1984, Atlanta-based Philly Connection restaurants have been perfecting the Cheesesteak sandwich.

119. Piadina Café

  • Investments $194,475
  • Franchise fee $35,000
  • Year Brand Started – 2014
  • Year Franchising Started – 2018
  • Offices – 1

Franchise details: Piadina Cafe
Official site

Piadina Cafe is a Massachusetts-based company that provides traditional Italian flatbreads cuisine using authentic, all fresh recipes. The boutique café serves a wide array of coffees, pastries, and breakfast in the morning, and the freshest homemade piadina sandwiches.

120. Xavier Artisan

  • Investments $165,700
  • Franchise fee $30,000
  • Year Brand Started – 2015
  • Year Franchising Started – 2015
  • Offices – 1

Franchise details: Xavier Artisan

With its historical roots in its original location, the incredible Xavier Artisan takes its name, history and design from its home in the anno 1812 building in Montreal’s Old-Port and from the Spanish traveling missionary Saint Francis Xavier, the namesake of the location.
Old Port & Xavier Artisan Cafe

121. Broadway Subs

  • Investments $69,660
  • Franchise fee $24,900
  • Year Brand Started – 2005
  • Year Franchising Started – 2018
  • Offices – 1

Franchise details: Broadway Subs
Official site

In 2005, Broadway Subs was established so that our community could enjoy a really great hot or cold sub. We envision a great sub to be made with quality deli meats, remarkable cheeses and fresh toppings piled high on your choice of fresh baked bread. Unlike our competitors, you get more than what you pay for! When it comes to quality, refusing to compromise has been an important part of our legacy. It’s why we choose only the leanest, tastiest cuts of meats, great imported cheeses and the best farm-to-table produce.
Broadway Subs Franchise Offering

122. Nifty Fifty's

  • Investments $362,500
  • Franchise fee $50,000
  • Year Brand Started – 2014
  • Year Franchising Started – 2018
  • Offices – 1

Franchise details: Nifty Fifty's
Official site

Join the Team! Now is your opportunity to join a recognizable brand that offers you the chance to become your own boss and change your life.
Nifty Fifty's

123. Hot Fries

  • Investments $166,997
  • Franchise fee $30,000
  • Year Brand Started – 2011
  • Year Franchising Started – 2016
  • Offices – 1

Franchise details: Hot Fries
Official site

We start with the finest potatoes, slice them for maximum crispiness, flash-fry them to a perfect golden brown, and hand-season them while they're hot. That's what turns regular fries into HotFries.
HotFries Craze!

124. Chedd's Gourmet Grilled Cheese

  • Investments $127,000
  • Franchise fee $35,000
  • Year Brand Started – 2017
  • Year Franchising Started – 2018
  • Offices – 1

Franchise details: Chedd's Gourmet Grilled Cheese

Introducing Chedd's Gourmet Grilled Cheese restaurant, where a grilled cheese sandwich is anything but ordinary. We specialize in a dazzling and delicious variety of grilled cheese sandwiches, offering literally millions of possible combinations.

125. Planet Grilled Cheese

  • Investments $120,000
  • Year Brand Started – 2016
  • Year Franchising Started – 2017
  • Offices – 1

Franchise details: Planet Grilled Cheese
Official site

Planet Grilled Cheese is an innovative and unique grilled cheese concept. We offer a low-cost and scalable franchise that features gourmet grilled cheese and various delicious treats.

126. Harold's Drive-In

  • Investments $103,965
  • Franchise fee $20,000
  • Year Brand Started – 1958
  • Year Franchising Started – 1995
  • Offices – 1

Franchise details: Harold's Drive-In
Official site

Harold’s Drive-In, has been a fixture in Kansas City, MO for over 50 years.

127. Shoney's

  • Investments $200,000
  • Year Brand Started – 1947

Franchise details: Shoney's
Official site

Shoney’s is Today’s All-American Kitchen. We’ve grown a lot since our first location opened doors in 1947. Today, Americans can find Shoney’s restaurants in 17 states. Our warm, welcoming environment keeps generations coming back for another serving.
Shoney's Sizzle Reel

128. Rock ‘n’ Joe Coffee Bar

  • Investments $228,500
  • Year Brand Started – 1993
  • Year Franchising Started – 2013

Franchise details: Rock ‘n’ Joe Coffee Bar
Official site

For entrepreneurs with a passion for great proprietary coffee blends, food, specialty drinks and rock ‘n’ roll music… Rock ‘n’ Joe Coffee Bar is more than the hippest hangout in town; it’s an opportunity for a whole new lifestyle.
Rock N Joe Video

129. M&M

  • Investments $300,000
  • Franchise fee $30,000
  • Year Brand Started – 1980
  • Year Franchising Started – 1981

Franchise details: M&M
Official site

From a single location in Kitchener, Ontario, M&M Food Market has grown rapidly to become Canada's largest retail chain of specialty frozen foods and among the most widely-respected, valued and iconic Canadian brands.

130. Tim Hortons

  • Investments $48,450
  • Franchise fee $35,000
  • Year Brand Started – 1964
  • Year Franchising Started – 1965

Franchise details: Tim Hortons
Official site

Tim Hortons is one of North America's largest developers and franchisors of quick service restaurants and one of the largest publically traded restaurant chains in North America based on market capitalization.

131. Ben & Florentine

  • Investments $175,000
  • Franchise fee $35,000
  • Year Brand Started – 2008

Franchise details: Ben & Florentine
Official site

Ben & Florentine is an affordable, easy-to-implement business model that offers substantial ongoing training and support from two of the largest franchisors in the industry. By investing in a Ben & Florentine franchise, you can get in on the ground floor of a revolutionary brand in the rapidly growing breakfast segment.

132. Great Steak

  • Investments $150,900
  • Year Brand Started – 1982

Franchise details: Great Steak
Official site

Perhaps no other sandwich has benefitted more from the broadening of the American palate than the cheesesteak. In recent years, nearly every national publication, including print news, magazine journalism and television, has devoted ink and airtime to spotlight the classic American sandwich. The Internet is especially important, as it has granted the millions of Americans who are cheesesteak enthusiasts a forum to discuss, argue and admire everything about why the cheesesteak sandwich, invented during the Great Depression as an alternative to hot dogs, is so great: the simplicity of the ingredients, the authenticity, the history. They also can debate where to find the best cheesesteak franchise anywhere in the world.
The Great Steak Cheesesteak Franchise Opportunity

133. Gooey's American Grille

  • Investments $200,000

Franchise details: Gooey's American Grille
Official site

Fulfilling the fantasy of cheese lovers everywhere, Gooey's American Grille serves cheese-centric sandwiches and macaroni dishes in a laid-back, family-friendly environment.

134. Lennys Grill & Subs

  • Investments $88,216
  • Year Brand Started – 1998

Franchise details: Lennys Grill & Subs
Official site

At LENNYS Grill & Subs our vision is simple — Consistently make and serve great food! We start with fresh ingredients, high quality proteins, and fresh baked bread. We add a well-trained team that is committed to ensuring every guest leaves completely satisfied. The result — a guest experience that keeps customers coming back for more.

135. The Rusty Dog

  • Investments $85,400
  • Franchise fee $20,000
  • Year Brand Started – 2015

Franchise details: The Rusty Dog
Official site

Founded in 2015 by the Greiner family of Boise, Idaho, The Rusty Dog—"America's Corndog" has begun the national franchise development of its state fair-themed food trucks with a home made delicious product, a super-clean image, low start-up costs, and a 100% social distancing-friendly business model.

136. AZN Sandwich Bar

  • Investments $292,700
  • Franchise fee $30,000

Franchise details: AZN Sandwich Bar
Official site

AZN Sandwich Bar is an innovative yet creative twist in the fast-food industry. AZN's unique flair allows you to eat healthy on-the-go.

137. Tickle My Ribs

  • Investments $150,000

Franchise details: Tickle My Ribs
Official site

Tickle My Ribs BBQ is a family-friendly dining experience serving up mouth-watering, hickory-smoked BBQ with a taste of the south served on the side.

138. D'Avolio

  • Investments $131,000

Franchise details: D'Avolio
Official site

We are a unique concept that provides you with two distinct revenue streams under one roof. Upon becoming a franchisee, you will receive all necessary tools to start and operate your business, including, our exclusive retail products, recipes and more.