Russo's Coal-Fired Italian Kitchen Franchise


Using the family recipe for hand-tossed dough, the sauce made from fresh-crushed California tomatoes, and imported Italian cheese blends, Anthony became the sole owner and chef of his first restaurant Russo’s Pizza in the early 80’s. "It was 800 square feet. I had a pizza oven, a dough mixer and two tables. That's it. I could only sit eight people.” A few years later, he created Anthony’s Pizzeria, located in Clear Lake, Texas, and soon moved to Houston.

For almost a decade, Anthony refined his menu using classic Italian family recipes and zeroed in on the perfect New York-style pizza. In 1992, Russo’s New York Pizzeria opened in downtown Houston, Texas and proved to be a success.


Russo's Restaurants is a national and international franchisor of the fast casual and casual dining brands Russo's New York Pizzeria and Russo's Coal-Fired Italian Kitchen. Based in Houston, Russo's Restaurants are composed of a mix of corporate and franchised locations across Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Tennessee, Florida and Hawaii. Russo's has entered international markets as well, with locations in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates. There are an additional 20-plus units in development both in the United States and internationally. Chef Anthony Russo has created his concepts from years of applying his unique, family recipes featuring New York-style pizza along with a broad variety of handcrafted pasta creations, calzones, salads, sandwiches, soups and desserts, reflecting his commitment to his New York roots where food and family come first.

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How much does it cost to open a Russo's Coal-Fired Italian Kitchen Franchise?

The investment required to open a Russo's Coal-Fired Italian Kitchen Franchise is between $295,000-$750,000. There is an initial franchise fee of $49,500 which grants you the license to run a business under the Russo's Coal-Fired Italian Kitchen name.

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Russo's Coal-Fired Italian Kitchen News & Press Releases

When did the first Russo's Coal-Fired Italian Kitchen open? 1992
When did Russo's Coal-Fired Italian Kitchen start Franchising? 1998
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Third Party Financing Source(s): Partnership with Guidant Financial and BoeFly

8 Week GM & Key Supervisor Training and Certification

On site pre and post opening training and operational support with quarterly QA Visits.

Business Experience:
No Restaurant experience necessary but helpful Minimum financials are $175K to $400K in investment capital and a $600K to $1.0MM net worth

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Russo's Coal-Fired Italian Kitchen

Russo's Coal-Fired Italian Kitchen

5847 San Felipe - #4680
Houston, TX


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