Houlihan's

About Houlihan's


Houlihan's has been known for exceptional food at an affordable price since we entered the casual dining segment in 1972. Our menu features a great mix of contemporary pop American cooking - classic dishes reinvented in a fresh modern way and brought to the table with simple, stylish plating and presentations.

And then there's the bar. It's always the best place to feel the great energy of Houlihan's. Our bar strategy unites pop culture, trendy premium brands, the newest drinks and vendor insights for a winning combination, resulting in an enviable liquor mix.


To help us more quickly expand to new markets and
trade areas, Houlihan's is seeking sophisticated restaurant operators with
experience building out entire markets. At this time, we are not
pursuing single-site franchise agreements.


Our ideal candidate to become a franchise market
developer is a successful full-service, multi-unit operator with
expertise in one or more large markets (e.g. the top 75 MSAs in the
United States). We are seeking entrepreneurial organizations that can
thrive in our flexible franchise environment, while having access to
growth capital and capital reserves, but experiencing growth constraints
with their current restaurant concept(s).

Full Service Restaurant Franchise Opportunities

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Franchise Franchise Fee Royalty Advertising Fee Development Costs
5 & Diner $35,000 5% $250,000-$750,000
abc Country Restaurants $50,000 4% 2% $250,000-$700,000
Albert's Family Restaurant $25,000 $280,000-$400,000
Another Broken Egg Cafe $50,000 5% 1% $505,500-$1,175,500
Applebee's $35,000 4% initially, 5% possible after not less than 4% $2,009,038-$8,267,250
Applejack's $25,000 4% 2% $250,000-$275,000
Arthur Treacher's $30,000 5% $145,000-$268,000
Au Vieux Duluth Express $30,000-$40,000 $175,000-$500,000
Bar Louie $50,000 5% 2% local, 1%Nat'l $923,500-$3,707,333
Baton Rouge Restaurant $60,000 5% 2% $1,600,000-$1,800,000
Ben & Florentine Restaurants $35,000 6% $619,650-$817,800
Bennigan's Grill & Tavern $35,000 4% 1% $1,027,075-$3,588,244
Best of Mediterranean $20,000 4% $126,300-$574,700
Big Boy Restaurants $40,000 4% 1% local +2% Nat'l $861,800-$3,568,000
Black Bear Diners $55,000 4.5% 1% $1,133,800-$2,114,200
Black Rock Bar & Grill $50,000 4% 1% $1,519,940-$2,957,625
Bombshells Restaurant $50,000 5.5% $1,731,000-$3,086,000
Boscos N/A $827,000-$994,000
Browns Socialhouse $50,000 6% $2,000,000-$2,500,000
Casey's $60,000 5% 4% $500,000-$1,600,000
Chocolate Bar N/A $250,000-$500,000
Cool Hand Luke's $50,000 $373,000-$1,817,500
Cool-de-Sac $75,000 6% $858,700-$1,988,667
Cosi Inc $40,000 5% 2% $762,600-$899,800
Country Kitchen $40,000 4% 3% local + 1% Int'l $425,000-$1,685,000
Denny's $10,000-$30,000 4.5%-7% 3%-3.5% $305,000-$2,404,695
Dunn's Famous $20,000-$50,000 5% 2%Nat'l+1% Local $150,000-$800,000
Eggspectation $50,000 5% 2% Nat'l 1% local $650,000-$1,500,000
Einstein Bros. Bagels $35,000 5% 5% $138,550-$935,850
Elmer's $40,000 4% 1% $712,000-$3,209,500
Fresh To Order $30,000 $489,500-$646,500
Friendly Banners $30,000 4% 2% $450,000
Friendly's Restaurants $30,000-$35,000 4% 3.5% $498,500-$1,950,000
Gandolfo's New York Delicatessen $25,000 6% 2% local +1% Nat'l $302,450-$558,950
George Webb Restaurants $250,000 $402,000-$850,000
Giorgio Restaurants $25,000-$50,000 4.5%-7% $175,000-$500,000
Golden Corral $50,000 4% 2.4% $2,700,795-$7,037,915
Golden Griddle $25,000 5% $100,000-$450,000
Great Steak $30,000 6% $155,900-$520,300
Hard Rock Cafe $350,000-$750,000 $2,995,000-$4,910,000
Hard Times Cafe $30,000 $449,000-$1,000,000
Hooters $75,000 5% 2.5% $956,500-$4,275,000
House of Jazz $75,000 5% 2% $750,000-$1,200,000
Humpty's $30,000 5% 2% $495,000-$695,000
I Dream of Falafel $25,000 5% 3% $337,811-$470,302
IHOP $40,000-$50,000 4.5% 3.5% $414,866-$3,374,043
IL FORNELLO $35,000 4% 1% $100,000-$700,000
Indigo Joe's $30,000 5% 1.5% $1,200,000-$1,300,000
Kayson's Grille $25,000 5% 1% $489,700-$618,000
Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants $75,000 5% $49,789,087-$70,127,050
L and L Franchise $30,000 3%-4% 1%-2% $133,700-$535,000
La Madeleine $40,000 5% 2.5% $1,249,362-$3,088,747
La Salsa Fresh Mexican Grill $25,000-$50,000 5% 3% $189,550-$992,590
Manhattan Bagel $25,000 5% 5% $481,000-$705,000
Manny's Grill $25,000 5% $171,235-$516,652
Max & Erma's $40,000 4% $622,500-$3,100,000
McAlister's Deli $15,000-$35,000 5% 3% $398,000-$2,094,200
Miami Grill $30,000 6% 3% $175,000-And Up
Naples Tomato $30,000 5% 5% $1,353,000-$1,892,500
Original Joe's $39,000 5% 2% $950,000
Palapas Restaurants $30,000 5% $750,000-$2,000,000
Pantry, The $40,000 $450,000-$600,000
Perkins $40,000 4% $1,557,975-$2,742,975
Perko's Cafe Grill $35,000 4% $292,500-$1,357,000
Quaker Steak & Lube $40,000 5% 3% $1,800,000-$3,700,000
Red Hot & Blue $45,000 5% $380,700-$1,000,000
Rhapsody's $42,500-$56,000 6% 1 - 3% $565,000-And Up
Ricky's $45,000 4.5% 3% $800,000-$950,000
Ricky's All Day Grill $45,000 5% 3% $300,000-And Up
Roy Rogers $30,000 5% 3% $767,250-$1,580,950
Ruby Tuesday $35,000 4% of gross sales 1.5% of gross sales $1,559,650-$3,877,400
Salsarita's Fresh Cantina $30,000 5% 1% Nat'l 1.5% Local $283,150-$563,900
Sam & Louie's N Y Pizza $25,000 5% $331,500-$474,700
Sammy J Peppers $50,000 $750,000-$1,500,000
Seacrets $45,000 6% and 10% from hotel 1% local $1,639,333-$3,061,667
Shingle Inn Cafes N/A $250,001-$450,000
Shoney's Restaurants $25,000-$35,000 2.5-3.5% $568,000-$2,800,000
Smitty's Restaurants $35,000 $400,000-$600,000
Soul De Cuba Cafe $65,000 6% $160,350-$487,000
Soul Fixins' Restaurant $30,000 5% $274,000-$524,000
South Philly Steak & Fries $25,000 $292,500-$464,500
Symposium Cafe $40,000 4% 1% $625,000-$675,000
T.G.I. Friday's N/A $1,000,000-$3,000,000
Taste Of Mediterranean $12,000-$20,000 $1,000. a month, Flat Fee. 2% $99,000-And Up
Tin Star Restaurant $20,000-$35,000 4% $500,000
Twin Peaks $50,000 5% 3% $1,309,800-$2,365,900
Uccello's Ristorante, Pizzeria & Sports Lounge $50,000 5% 5% $1,332,100-$1,958,333
uWink $50,000 4% + 2% Technology Fee 1% $1,645,000-$3,472,000
Village Inn Restaurants $40,000 4% 1%local +0.5%Nat'l $963,000-$2,570,000
Western Sizzlin $30,000 3% $811,000-$2,300,000
White Hen Pantry $30,000 Varies $52,400-$225,200
White Spot Restaurants $75,000 $900,000-And Up
Wimpys Diner $30,000 4% 2% $250,000-$500,000
Winger's Grill & Bar $35,000 4% $150,000-$550,000
Zaxby's $35,000 6% 2.87%-5% $343,200-$695,200
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Franchise
Franchise Fee Royalty Advertising Fee Development Costs
5 & Diner
$35,000 5% $250,000-$750,000
abc Country Restaurants
$50,000 4% 2% $250,000-$700,000
Albert's Family Restaurant
$25,000 $280,000-$400,000
Another Broken Egg Cafe
$50,000 5% 1% $505,500-$1,175,500
Applebee's
$35,000 4% initially, 5% possible after not less than 4% $2,009,038-$8,267,250
Applejack's
$25,000 4% 2% $250,000-$275,000
Arthur Treacher's
$30,000 5% $145,000-$268,000
Au Vieux Duluth Express
$30,000-$40,000 $175,000-$500,000
Bar Louie
$50,000 5% 2% local, 1%Nat'l $923,500-$3,707,333
Baton Rouge Restaurant
$60,000 5% 2% $1,600,000-$1,800,000
Franchise
Franchise Fee Royalty Advertising Fee Development Costs
Ben & Florentine Restaurants
$35,000 6% $619,650-$817,800
Bennigan's Grill & Tavern
$35,000 4% 1% $1,027,075-$3,588,244
Best of Mediterranean
$20,000 4% $126,300-$574,700
Big Boy Restaurants
$40,000 4% 1% local +2% Nat'l $861,800-$3,568,000
Black Bear Diners
$55,000 4.5% 1% $1,133,800-$2,114,200
Black Rock Bar & Grill
$50,000 4% 1% $1,519,940-$2,957,625
Bombshells Restaurant
$50,000 5.5% $1,731,000-$3,086,000
Boscos
N/A $827,000-$994,000
Browns Socialhouse
$50,000 6% $2,000,000-$2,500,000
Casey's
$60,000 5% 4% $500,000-$1,600,000
Franchise
Franchise Fee Royalty Advertising Fee Development Costs
Chocolate Bar
N/A $250,000-$500,000
Cool Hand Luke's
$50,000 $373,000-$1,817,500
Cool-de-Sac
$75,000 6% $858,700-$1,988,667
Cosi Inc
$40,000 5% 2% $762,600-$899,800
Country Kitchen
$40,000 4% 3% local + 1% Int'l $425,000-$1,685,000
Denny's
$10,000-$30,000 4.5%-7% 3%-3.5% $305,000-$2,404,695
Dunn's Famous
$20,000-$50,000 5% 2%Nat'l+1% Local $150,000-$800,000
Eggspectation
$50,000 5% 2% Nat'l 1% local $650,000-$1,500,000
Einstein Bros. Bagels
$35,000 5% 5% $138,550-$935,850
Elmer's
$40,000 4% 1% $712,000-$3,209,500
Franchise
Franchise Fee Royalty Advertising Fee Development Costs
Fresh To Order
$30,000 $489,500-$646,500
Friendly Banners
$30,000 4% 2% $450,000
Friendly's Restaurants
$30,000-$35,000 4% 3.5% $498,500-$1,950,000
Gandolfo's New York Delicatessen
$25,000 6% 2% local +1% Nat'l $302,450-$558,950
George Webb Restaurants
$250,000 $402,000-$850,000
Giorgio Restaurants
$25,000-$50,000 4.5%-7% $175,000-$500,000
Golden Corral
$50,000 4% 2.4% $2,700,795-$7,037,915
Golden Griddle
$25,000 5% $100,000-$450,000
Great Steak
$30,000 6% $155,900-$520,300
Hard Rock Cafe
$350,000-$750,000 $2,995,000-$4,910,000
Franchise
Franchise Fee Royalty Advertising Fee Development Costs
Hard Times Cafe
$30,000 $449,000-$1,000,000
Hooters
$75,000 5% 2.5% $956,500-$4,275,000
House of Jazz
$75,000 5% 2% $750,000-$1,200,000
Humpty's
$30,000 5% 2% $495,000-$695,000
I Dream of Falafel
$25,000 5% 3% $337,811-$470,302
IHOP
$40,000-$50,000 4.5% 3.5% $414,866-$3,374,043
IL FORNELLO
$35,000 4% 1% $100,000-$700,000
Indigo Joe's
$30,000 5% 1.5% $1,200,000-$1,300,000
Kayson's Grille
$25,000 5% 1% $489,700-$618,000
Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants
$75,000 5% $49,789,087-$70,127,050
Franchise
Franchise Fee Royalty Advertising Fee Development Costs
L and L Franchise
$30,000 3%-4% 1%-2% $133,700-$535,000
La Madeleine
$40,000 5% 2.5% $1,249,362-$3,088,747
La Salsa Fresh Mexican Grill
$25,000-$50,000 5% 3% $189,550-$992,590
Manhattan Bagel
$25,000 5% 5% $481,000-$705,000
Manny's Grill
$25,000 5% $171,235-$516,652
Max & Erma's
$40,000 4% $622,500-$3,100,000
McAlister's Deli
$15,000-$35,000 5% 3% $398,000-$2,094,200
Miami Grill
$30,000 6% 3% $175,000-And Up
Naples Tomato
$30,000 5% 5% $1,353,000-$1,892,500
Original Joe's
$39,000 5% 2% $950,000
Franchise
Franchise Fee Royalty Advertising Fee Development Costs
Palapas Restaurants
$30,000 5% $750,000-$2,000,000
Pantry, The
$40,000 $450,000-$600,000
Perkins
$40,000 4% $1,557,975-$2,742,975
Perko's Cafe Grill
$35,000 4% $292,500-$1,357,000
Quaker Steak & Lube
$40,000 5% 3% $1,800,000-$3,700,000
Red Hot & Blue
$45,000 5% $380,700-$1,000,000
Rhapsody's
$42,500-$56,000 6% 1 - 3% $565,000-And Up
Ricky's
$45,000 4.5% 3% $800,000-$950,000
Ricky's All Day Grill
$45,000 5% 3% $300,000-And Up
Roy Rogers
$30,000 5% 3% $767,250-$1,580,950
Franchise
Franchise Fee Royalty Advertising Fee Development Costs
Ruby Tuesday
$35,000 4% of gross sales 1.5% of gross sales $1,559,650-$3,877,400
Salsarita's Fresh Cantina
$30,000 5% 1% Nat'l 1.5% Local $283,150-$563,900
Sam & Louie's N Y Pizza
$25,000 5% $331,500-$474,700
Sammy J Peppers
$50,000 $750,000-$1,500,000
Seacrets
$45,000 6% and 10% from hotel 1% local $1,639,333-$3,061,667
Shingle Inn Cafes
N/A $250,001-$450,000
Shoney's Restaurants
$25,000-$35,000 2.5-3.5% $568,000-$2,800,000
Smitty's Restaurants
$35,000 $400,000-$600,000
Soul De Cuba Cafe
$65,000 6% $160,350-$487,000
Soul Fixins' Restaurant
$30,000 5% $274,000-$524,000
Franchise
Franchise Fee Royalty Advertising Fee Development Costs
South Philly Steak & Fries
$25,000 $292,500-$464,500
Symposium Cafe
$40,000 4% 1% $625,000-$675,000
T.G.I. Friday's
N/A $1,000,000-$3,000,000
Taste Of Mediterranean
$12,000-$20,000 $1,000. a month, Flat Fee. 2% $99,000-And Up
Tin Star Restaurant
$20,000-$35,000 4% $500,000
Twin Peaks
$50,000 5% 3% $1,309,800-$2,365,900
Uccello's Ristorante, Pizzeria & Sports Lounge
$50,000 5% 5% $1,332,100-$1,958,333
uWink
$50,000 4% + 2% Technology Fee 1% $1,645,000-$3,472,000
Village Inn Restaurants
$40,000 4% 1%local +0.5%Nat'l $963,000-$2,570,000
Western Sizzlin
$30,000 3% $811,000-$2,300,000
Franchise
Franchise Fee Royalty Advertising Fee Development Costs
White Hen Pantry
$30,000 Varies $52,400-$225,200
White Spot Restaurants
$75,000 $900,000-And Up
Wimpys Diner
$30,000 4% 2% $250,000-$500,000
Winger's Grill & Bar
$35,000 4% $150,000-$550,000
Zaxby's
$35,000 6% 2.87%-5% $343,200-$695,200