SOUTHEAST LOUISIANA | Tuesday, January 03, 2006

We're looking to award Ground Pat'i franchises to a select group of qualified individuals. You might be among them. Basically, we're looking for people who are customer-service and relationship-oriented; who display maturity, sound judgment and stability; and who possess high personal standards of excellence, honesty and integrity. Prior restaurant experience is preferred but not required. If you're interested, we urge you to act quickly. The number of franchises available in your area is limited. We look forward to hearing from you. Pressed for time —- but with more disposable income than ever before —- they're enjoying restaurant meals in record numbers. And, according to a report by the Washington-based National Restaurant Association (NRA), full-service restaurants form a significant part of this dining out trend, which is forecasted to reach a staggering $576.9 billion in sales by the year 2010. That's great news for those of us who make up The Ground Pat'i family of full-service, franchised restaurants. And it can be great news for you, too! Are you looking for a fabulous franchise opportunity that's part of a growing national trend? Are you looking for a satisfying career, one where you can be in business "for yourself," but not "by yourself"? Would you like to own a brand new restaurant, yet have the rare advantage of a well-known name in Southeast Louisiana, attractive design and established system of operations -— from the day you open your doors? If you can answer "yes" to any of the above questions, we invite you to consider joining our Ground Pat'i family of franchisees. Founded in 1971, we are a full-service restaurant chain, headquartered in Southeast Louisiana, which is home to some of the world's greatest cooking. For thirty years, we've been providing delicious food, exceptional service and comfortable surroundings to thousands of satisfied customers. Currently, we are expanding our operations, and we'd like you to share in our growth. We are now offering fabulous franchise opportunities to qualified individuals who want to enjoy fulfilling careers in the exciting, full service restaurant business. Is a Ground Pat'i restaurant franchise right for you? Let's look at the advantages. A growing number of Americans are turning to franchising to achieve their goals of financial independence and personal fulfillment. And it's no wonder. Franchising accounts for more than $800 billion in annual sales, capturing about one out of every three dollars spent on goods and services in the United States.3 In the near future, franchising is expected to account for 50 percent of the nation's retail sales.4 And according to franchising experts, the food industry will constitute a major part of this growth.5 Indeed, the future looks very bright for franchising, in general, and for Ground Pat'i franchisees, in particular. Let's further explore the many advantages you'll enjoy as a Ground Pat'i franchisee.

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We're Casual Dining: The Wave of the Future Not only are we a full-service restaurant, but we are in a rapidly growing segment of the industry known as "casual dining." Everywhere you look today, from New York to New Orleans, from Connecticut to California, you'll find time-pressed families, friends and dual-working couples opting for the comfort, convenience and value that casual dining provides. It's a trend that continues upward. Advertising and Marketing We'll help you market your new business with a variety of professionally prepared marketing materials and strategies that you can implement at the local level. And you'll benefit from our development of system-wide advertising and marketing campaigns. You'll receive company guidelines for your grand opening, as well as for your local and co-op advertising programs. Purchasing Power Many of our fine ingredients, including our delicious barbecue sauce, chili seasoning, rib marinade and onion batter seasoning are proprietary products that will be available exclusively to you as a Ground Pat'i franchisee. You'll have access to the special preparation that comprises our choice ground beef hamburger patties. In addition, we have valued relationships with national suppliers and may, when appropriate, negotiate quantity discounts on behalf of our system of franchisees, passing on some or all of these savings to you. And we'll put you in touch with approved suppliers, whenever appropriate.

Comprehensive Training . . . You'll Hit the Ground Running Like any winning team, we strongly believe in intensive training. Approximately two months before your grand opening, The Ground Pat'i will provide you and your staff with a comprehensive training program in two phases. Phase one will consist of two to four weeks of training at one of our existing locations for you and up to two of your assistants. You'll get valuable on-the-job training plus in-depth instruction in the administration, operations and sales and marketing of a Ground Pat'i franchise. Phase two of your training will be given at your location, immediately before and after your grand opening, and will cover a period of two weeks. Two experienced trainers from Ground Pat'i will provide this training and will assist you in opening your restaurant. During this time, two of your cooks will receive one week of training at our headquarters, or a designated location - after they have received one week of training with you in product knowledge and kitchen processes. Complete Operations Manual For your day-to-day reference, you'll receive our confidential operations manual, available exclusively to Ground Pat'i franchisees. This valuable guide includes all of the step-by-step procedures used in your daily operation, catalogued in an easy-to-use format. From food preparation, purchasing and inventory management to accounting, marketing and staffing, it puts all the information you need right at your fingertips. It helps you keep your business running smoothly and efficiently, and it's an important tool for training new employees. Our mouth-watering gourmet hamburgers are in great demand and have developed a loyal following of customers over three decades. Although it's our signature item, it's not the only fabulous offering we have to tantalize the taste buds. Our menu is varied. Just as popular as our burgers are our juicy, succulent steaks and other specialties, including our charbroiled chicken and tuna and our barbecued ribs. We serve superior seafood such as fried shrimp, flounder and catfish as well as a broiled fish of the day. In addition, customers love our freshly prepared salads, sensational side dishes and delicious desserts, as well as our savory soups, appetizers and chili. A full service, sit-down bar with a wide selection of spirits, wines and beers adds to the wonderful dining experience our customers enjoy. As a Ground Pat'i franchisee, you'll be entitled to all of the special, proprietary recipes we've developed over the years, recipes that have made The Ground Pat'i a leader in casual dining. Casual, Cozy and Comfortable; Our Ambience Says, 'Relax and Enjoy' Today's discriminating diners want surroundings that enhance their dining experience. They're looking for a restaurant that creates a "feeling," sets a mood. As a Ground Pat'i franchisee, you'll have a tremendous advantage when it comes to ambience. Our experience has shown that customers love to dine in surroundings that exude warmth and charm. So we've designed our restaurants to reflect a warm, homey atmosphere complete with a cozy fireplace, attractive wainscoting, stained glass windows and dˇcor rich in earth tones. Couple this natural setting with delicious food and friendly, efficient service, and you have the "recipe" that keeps customers coming back to your restaurant. And keeps them telling others about you! Operations and Management Support; We're Always There For You. Great teams provide their members with great support. As a Ground Pat'i franchisee, you're a member of a winning team. And you'll enjoy all the benefits of our thirty years of restaurant experience. You'll be supported with an established system of business operations from the day you greet your first customers. And, unlike those who are in business alone, you'll have the daily knowledge, experience and wisdom of our experts to back you up, so you don't have to rely on trial and error. Name Recognition and Brand Awareness As a Ground Pat'i franchisee, you won't start in business as an unknown. You'll share in the use of our prestigious name and logo. They are the registered trademarks of our company and signify our longtime commitment to the finest quality in food and service. They tell customers you are committed to the same high standards they've come to expect from The Ground Pat'i family of restaurants. That gives you a tremendous advantage as a franchisee. Site Selection Assistance . . . From the Ground Up The right location is important to any business, but it is particularly critical in the restaurant business. Using our years of experience, and evaluating all the relevant site development and demographic criteria, we'll assist you in designing and locating an attractive site, well suited to the needs of your new business. And to ensure you have plenty of room for growth, we limit the number of Ground Pat'i franchises in any market area to one franchise per 150,000 population. Ongoing Service and Support As a Ground Pat'i franchisee, you'll enjoy all the rewards that come with owning your own business. But that doesn't mean you're left out on your own. We're committed to your future. We'll visit your restaurant regularly and keep in regular contact, giving you needed advice and support. Through those first busy weeks and months, and even when you've become a seasoned veteran, you'll always have the security of knowing that our help, guidance and years of experience are only a phone call away. Research and Development One of the keys to longevity in any business is innovation. We frequently test new food products and evaluate new equipment in an effort to keep our restaurants in step with the latest developments in the industry. Our commitment to research and development is one of the key elements that keeps The Ground Pat'i ahead of the competition, an advantage you'll enjoy as a Ground Pat'i franchise owner. We're looking to award Ground Pat'i franchises to a select group of qualified individuals. You might be among them. Basically, we're looking for people who are customer-service and relationship-oriented; who display maturity, sound judgment and stability; and who possess high personal standards of excellence, honesty and integrity. Prior restaurant experience is preferred but not required. If you're interested, we urge you to act quickly. The number of franchises available in your area is limited. We look forward to hearing from you. Successful Franchising, February 1999. Long Island Business News, July 13, 1998. Successful Franchising, February 1999. Nation's Restaurant News, January 3, 2000.

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