Top 4 Restaurant Franchises

The United States has maintained its status as the leader in franchising since the 1930s, when restaurants and other establishments used franchising as a means of expansion during the Great Depression. In the years since, restaurant franchises and food franchises have consistently ranked amongst the top-performing franchises in the industry.


In the past five years, food and restaurant franchises have appeared consistently in Entrepreneur magazine’s list of top new franchises, especially the most recent list released.


In 2013, Entrepreneur listed four restaurant franchises in its top ten: Kona Ice, Menchie’s, Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt and Smashburger Franchising LLC.


Kona Ice

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Kona Ice, a shaved ice truck franchise, serves up shaved ice anywhere customers require refreshment. Kona Ice partners with various community groups, like schools, teams, and youth groups for fundraising events. In addition to trucks, Kona Ice franchisees may operate ice carts, kiosks or trailers. There are currently 279 Kona Ice units in operation in the U.S.


Franchises similar to Kona Ice: Hokulia Shave Ice



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When it comes to restaurant franchises, the frozen yogurt craze has yet to cool down. Menchie’s, a self-serve frozen yogurt franchise, serves over 100 flavors, including low-carb, low-sugar, gluten-free, dairy-free and kosher options offered on a rotating basis. Franchising since 2009, Menchie’s has 220 units in operation in the U.S., 26 in Canada and 10 outside of the U.S. and Canada.


Franchises similar to Menchie’s:  Farr’s Fresh32 Degrees a Yogurt BarAll American Ice Cream & Frozen Yogurt , Fro.Zen.YoFuzzy PeachMarble SlabTCBYSub ZeroYogli MogliYogen FruzYogurtlandYoGo FactoryYumzYou Say WhenZoyo Neighborhood Yogurt


Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt

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The success of Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt has been undeniable since it began franchising in 2009. Just two years after its first store opened, the self-serve frozen yogurt franchise grew its number of units in operation from 1 to 116, a 99 percent increase. Today, the franchise operates 170 units in the U.S. and two outside of the U.S. and Canada.


Franchises similar to Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt: Menchie’sFarr’s Fresh, 32 Degrees a Yogurt Bar, All American Ice Cream & Frozen Yogurt , Fro.Zen.Yo, Fuzzy Peach, Marble Slab, TCBY, Sub Zero, Yogli Mogli, Yogen Fruz, Yogurtland, YoGo Factory, Yumz, You Say When, Zoyo Neighborhood Yogurt




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After two decades in the restaurant industry working for big name franchises like Pizza Hut, Quiznos, Long John Silver’s and McDonalds, Smashburger creator Tom Ryan struck out on his own. Named for the way its burgers are prepared (by smashing the burger meat onto the grill), restaurant franchise Smashburger offers its customers a variety of bun and topping choices, allowing each individual the chance to customize his or her burger experience. Hot dogs, shakes, sides, chicken and veggie burgers are also available at Smashburger franchises. Today, the burger franchise operates 91 units within the U.S. and is seeking franchisees in the U.S., Africa, Asia, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Central America, Europe, Middle East, Mexico and South America.


Franchises similar to Smashburger: Johnny Rockets, BGR The Burger Joint, Cheeseburger Bobby’s, Jake’s Wayback Burgers, Mooyah Burgers, Steak and Shake, Thumbs Up Diner

Franchises Going Heart Shaped

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Happy Valentine’s Day! This year, spending on Valentine’s Day related gifts is expected to reach $18.6 billion! In 2013 the average person will spend about $130.97 on candy, cards, gifts and other heart shaped paraphernalia, including at franchises.


Valentine’s Day celebrations begin with breakfast at doughnut franchises Krispy Kreme and Dunkin Donuts. Each Valentine’s Day, each franchise offers heart-shaped doughnuts. What’s not to love?

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Heart shaped goodies continue at fast food franchises Chick-Fil-A and Bojangles. At Chick-Fil-A the famous breakfast chicken sandwich is served in a heart-shaped biscuit. At Bojangles, sweet “boberry” biscuits are rolled and stamped into heart shapes before being swirled with sweet frosting.

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Papa Murphy’s pizza franchise is prepared to make your Valentine’s Day lunch or dinner “heartfelt” with their Heartbaker, a heart-shaped pizza is only available on Valentine’s Day. I guess Italians really will go to great lengths to be romantic.

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If you know of any other franchises that celebrate this day of love let us know by commenting below!

Restaurant Franchises Use High Tech Techniques

The franchise industry is proving that you don’t need to visit the restaurant of a “Top Chef” to enjoy meals prepared using molecular gastronomy or other technical food science techniques. The secrets to mind-blowing how-did-they-do-that dishes once reserved for fine dining are making their into quick-service and fast-casual establishments.




Thanks to Top Chef Richard Blais, the use of liquid nitrogen to create frozen desserts, particularly ice creams and milkshakes, has become a rising trend. Due to liquid nitrogen’s properties, almost immediate chilling and freezing occurs when the liquid reaction with living tissues. The rapidity of liquid nitrogen’s freezing ability causes the formation of smaller ice crystals, creating a dessert with a much smoother texture.


Franchises or multi-unit restaurants using liquid nitrogen: FLIP burger, Sub Zero Ice Cream and Yogurt



Sous vide

French for “under vacuum”, sous-vide is a method of cooking food sealed in airtight plastic bags in a water bath for longer than normal cooking times at much lower temperatures. The intention of cooking vegetables or proteins using the sous-vide method is to create a more tender and juicy finished product. As an added benefit, cooking large quantities of vegetables or protein using this method produces expert and uniform  results.


Franchises or multi-unit restaurants cooking with the sous-vide method: Panera, Chipotle



Not likely to be seen outside the kitchen of a professional chef, spherification is the culinary process of shaping a liquid into spheres held intact by a thin gel membrane. Texturally like caviar, almost any liquid may undergo spherification.


Great spherification ideas: salad dressing, maraschino cherry juice or olives for cocktails



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Culinary foams are surprisingly common; meringues, whipped cream and mousse are all foams. As such, even the franchising giant McDonald’s can pat itself on the back for using an advanced cooking technique.

The Best Burger Franchises For Sale

There’s something about Americans and beef; we love it. Whether it’s pot roast or steak we love anything that moos. As food prices have risen and disposable income has declined, how are Americans getting their beef fix?

The answer? Burgers. Big, juicy burgers with melted cheese and strips of crispy bacon. Mustard, mayonnaise and ketchup on top of a toasted bun. (Hungry yet?) Burgers, despite their German origins, have become the all-American lunch and dinner staple, especially when our pockets are a bit shallower than normal.

Here’s our list of the best burger and diner franchises for sale around:

  • Cheeseburger Bobby’s: More than just cheeseburgers (although they’re mighty good) this place serves frozen custard instead of ice cream.
  • Johnny Rocket’s: Johnny Rockets was founded on the belief that everyone deserves a place where they can escape today’s complicated world and experience the food, fun and friendliness reminiscent of feel-good Americana.
  • BGR The Burger Joint: Meet the Rolling Stones of burgers.
  • Jake’s Wayback Burgers: Dedicated to making burgers the right way: with fresh beef and accompanied by a hand-dipped milkshake.
  • Hwy 55 Burgers & Shakes: Enjoy the delicious dishes of the 50′s at this burger franchise.
  • Huey’s 24/7 Diner: Huey’s serves diner favorites with a New Orleans twist.
  • Mooyah Burgers: They might serve “just burgers and fries” but they do it “just right.”
  • Steak ‘n Shake: The late night favorite.
  • Thumbs Up Diner: Take a step back in time to simpler days with dine favorites like burgers, fries, shakes, patty melts and malts.
  • Tailgater Toby: Let no fan go hungry as a Tailgater Toby franchisee, serving up all the best food before the big game– at the big game!