McAlister's Deli

About McAlister's Deli

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 more than 90 different menu items, including sandwiches, salads, super-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. McAlister's has grown to more than 350 franchised units.

The total investment necessary to begin operation of a franchised
McAlister’s Deli Restaurant (“Traditional Restaurant”) ranges from
$927,900 to $2,094,200. This includes $35,000 to $35,400 that must be
paid to the franchisor or their affiliates.
The total investment necessary to begin operation of a franchised McAlister’s Express
Restaurant (“Express Restaurant”) is $398,000 to $607,850. This includes
$15,000 to $15,400 that must be paid to the franchisor or their
affiliates.
Veteran Incentives  $5,000 off franchise fee
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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 $30,000 6% $450,000-$650,000
Bennigan's Grill & Tavern $35,000-$65,000 4% 1% $1,400,000-$2,600,000
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
Casey's $50,000 5% 4 $500,000-$595,000
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 $600,000-$2,000,000
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% $498,500-$1,950,000
Gandolfo's New York Delicatessen N/A 6% 2% local +1% Nat'l $259,300-$399,200
George Webb Restaurants N/A $304,000-$346,000
Golden Corral $50,000 4% 2.4% $2,700,795-$7,037,915
Golden Griddle $25,000 5% $100,000-$450,000
Great Steak & Potato Company, The $30,000 6% $146,600-$511,050
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
Houlihan's $40,000 4% $1,600,000-$4,300,000
House of Jazz $75,000 5% 2% $750,000-$1,200,000
Humpty's $30,000 5% 2% $690,000-And Up
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
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 $50,000 5% $400,000-$1,000,000
Manhattan Bagel $25,000 5% 5% $521,300-$778,850
Manny's Grill $25,000 5% $171,235-$516,652
Max & Erma's $40,000 4% $622,500-$3,100,000
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% $650,000-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 $321,500-$611,500
Sam & Louie's N Y Pizza $25,000 5% $90,000-$350,000
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 $200,001-$400,000
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 $292,000-$454,500
Symposium Cafe $40,000 4% 1% $570,000-$705,000
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
Tin Star Restaurant $20,000-$35,000 4% $500,000
Twin Peaks $50,000 5% 3% $1,309,800-$13,098,002,365,900
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 $30,000-$40,000 4% 2% $750,000-And Up
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 $20,000 $150,000
Winger's Grill & Bar $35,000 4% $125,000-$1,400,000
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
$30,000 6% $450,000-$650,000
Bennigan's Grill & Tavern
$35,000-$65,000 4% 1% $1,400,000-$2,600,000
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
Casey's
$50,000 5% 4 $500,000-$595,000
Chocolate Bar
N/A $250,000-$500,000
Franchise
Franchise Fee Royalty Advertising Fee Development Costs
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 $600,000-$2,000,000
Fresh To Order
$30,000 $489,500-$646,500
Franchise
Franchise Fee Royalty Advertising Fee Development Costs
Friendly Banners
$30,000 4% 2% $450,000
Friendly's Restaurants
$30,000-$35,000 4% $498,500-$1,950,000
Gandolfo's New York Delicatessen
N/A 6% 2% local +1% Nat'l $259,300-$399,200
George Webb Restaurants
N/A $304,000-$346,000
Golden Corral
$50,000 4% 2.4% $2,700,795-$7,037,915
Golden Griddle
$25,000 5% $100,000-$450,000
Great Steak & Potato Company, The
$30,000 6% $146,600-$511,050
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
Franchise
Franchise Fee Royalty Advertising Fee Development Costs
Houlihan's
$40,000 4% $1,600,000-$4,300,000
House of Jazz
$75,000 5% 2% $750,000-$1,200,000
Humpty's
$30,000 5% 2% $690,000-And Up
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
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
Franchise
Franchise Fee Royalty Advertising Fee Development Costs
La Salsa Fresh Mexican Grill
$50,000 5% $400,000-$1,000,000
Manhattan Bagel
$25,000 5% 5% $521,300-$778,850
Manny's Grill
$25,000 5% $171,235-$516,652
Max & Erma's
$40,000 4% $622,500-$3,100,000
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
Franchise
Franchise Fee Royalty Advertising Fee Development Costs
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% $650,000-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 $321,500-$611,500
Sam & Louie's N Y Pizza
$25,000 5% $90,000-$350,000
Franchise
Franchise Fee Royalty Advertising Fee Development Costs
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 $200,001-$400,000
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 $292,000-$454,500
Symposium Cafe
$40,000 4% 1% $570,000-$705,000
T.G.I. Friday's
N/A $1,000,000-$3,000,000
Franchise
Franchise Fee Royalty Advertising Fee Development Costs
Taste Of Mediterranean
$12,000-$20,000 $1,000. a month, Flat Fee. 2% $99,000
Tin Star Restaurant
$20,000-$35,000 4% $500,000
Twin Peaks
$50,000 5% 3% $1,309,800-$13,098,002,365,900
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
$30,000-$40,000 4% 2% $750,000-And Up
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
$20,000 $150,000
Franchise
Franchise Fee Royalty Advertising Fee Development Costs
Winger's Grill & Bar
$35,000 4% $125,000-$1,400,000
Zaxby's
$35,000 6% 2.87%-5% $343,200-$695,200