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The process

  • Step 1

    Identify

  • Step 2

    Interview

  • 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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WHY OLD CHICAGO?

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

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

  • Voted best Franchise to Buy in 2018
  • Industry leading repeat guest visits per month
  • Earned place on the 2019 Franchise 500
  • 7 new locations in 2018 with record breaking opening sales, with 10 new locations planned in 2019
  • 7 new locations with record breaking opening sales
  • Award winning Loyalty Program
  • Consistently in the top 200 Buy Entrepreneur & Franchise Times Magazine
  • 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% cash on cash returns annually on leased property (includes royalty)
  • Loyalty program contributing 30% of sales
  • Database system with clear metrics to engage guests and support company and franchised locations
  • State of the art loyalty engine, app, online ordering, a $1m investment in the brand by Craftworks Holding
  • Buying power of Craftworks Holdings of over 390 restaurants, same negotiated rates for all operations and no mark up to franchisee partners


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THE BOTTOM LINE

We are currently franchising our Old Chicago brand which is seeing industry leading results: 11+ Quarters 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

Requirements:

  • 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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