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The process

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  • Step 3

    Due Diligence

  • Step 4

    Awarded Restaurant

  • Step 5

    Open Restaurant

5 Steps to Franchising with Old Chicago

Not sure how our process works? Still not sold on whether or not Old Chicago is for you? Then complete this checklist and see if you’re ready to apply today!

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We believe we have something special to offer every neighborhood in the US.

Here’s why Old Chicago is a great brand to franchise:

  • Solid Leadership team
  • 40 year old brand with craft beer roots
  • Over two decades of franchising experience
  • Leading expertise in local and regional craft beers, the only growing beer segment, along with “hand crafted pizza”
  • 35%+ beverage sales vs. other brands at 10-15%.
  • 28+ months of positive same store traffic, won over competition by differentiated positioning
  • Over 30% cash on cash returns annually on leased property (includes royalty)
  • Loyalty program contributing 30% of sales
  • State of the art loyalty engine, app, online ordering, a $1m investment in the brand
  • Database system with clear metrics to engage guests and support company and franchised locations
  • Same negotiated rates for all operations and no marks up to franchisor
  • $20M growth capital contributed to brand development in 2016 with 10+ openings in 2016 and 12+ openings projected for 2017.

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We are currently franchising our Old Chicago brand which is seeing industry leading results: 28 months of positive comp sales, 35%-40% beverage mix, new 5000 sq. ft. prototype build-out of ~$1.8M and Cash on Cash returns of 35.3%, Avg unit volume: $2.8M


  • Must have 5 years developing and operating multi-unit ownership in the fast casual restaurant space with bar business.
  • Min net worth: $3.0M
  • Min liquid: $1M
  • Min area development agreement of five units over four years

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