Food Franchises for Sale


In Brief:

  • Food franchises have long dominated the U.S. franchising landscape for decades.
  • Franchising is an option for culinary-minded entrepreneurs who want to to own their own restaurant.
  • Here’s AskMrFranchise’s list of the top 5 food franchises for sale below!

Here’s some food for thought: there are approximately 194,000 quick serve restaurant franchises establishments in the United States as of 2018.

It’s no secret that food franchises have dominated the U.S. franchising landscape for decades. From fast food establishments to full-serve restaurants and everything in between, there’s no shortage of options for entrepreneurs looking to buy a food franchise and satisfy their cravings as an entrepreneur.


Here’s AskMrFranchise’s picks for the top 5 food franchises for sale based on our team’s research!

1. Firehouse Subs

Initial Franchise Fee: $20,000
Startup Costs: $160,583 to $843,390

Founded in 1994 in Jacksonville, Florida by firefighter brothers-turned entrepreneurs Chris and Robin Sorensen, Firehouse Subs is known for its unique firehouse-themed restaurants and tasty, submarine-style sandwiches. Today, the food franchise lays claim to more than 1,100 locations across the United States and has made giving back to local communities a priority, donating more than $35 million to first responders through its Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation program launched in 2005.

2. Rush Bowls

Initial Franchise Fee: $45,000
Startup Costs: $235,000 – $577,000

Rush Bowls, established in 2004, has rode the popular acai bowl trend in recent years. The brand offers a wide selection of handcrafted, healthy acai bowls and is a prime opportunity for entrepreneurs seeking a food franchise for sale in a niche that’s both trendy and appeals to the growing health-minded consumer market.

3. Saladworks

Initial Franchise Fee: $35,000
Startup Costs: $163,724 – $452,292

Entrepreneurs who want to buy a food franchise in the healthy, made-to-order salad market should definitely consider Saladworks. Founded back in 1986, this brand has been a leader in this niche for years and has obtained a loyal following with its diverse menu of healthy salads, paninis, sandwiches, and more made with local ingredients. Saladworks also offers an app and rewards program where they can earn points for every dollar spent.

4. Beef ‘O’ Brady’s

Initial Franchise Fee: $37,500
Startup Costs: $791,967 – $1,327,475

Founded in 1985 in Brandon, Florida by Jim Mellody, Beef ‘O’ Brady’s is a family-friendly food franchise that’s become one of the most popular in the United States. Offering a menu of traditional Irish food and its own signature dishes, this restaurant currently has approximately 150 locations in the country.

5. Lemon Shark Poke

Initial Franchise Fee: $40,000
Startup Costs: $341,950 – $866,400

Finally, another one of the top food franchises for sale is Lemon Shark Poke. Founded in 2016 at the start of the poke bowl craze in the U.S., the restaurant has built a large following thanks to its sustainably-sourced, Hawaiian-style poke bowls and other popular menu options.

By Steve Longo and Jim Notaris


Callens Capital

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