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Diner Franchises

The diner may seem like a dated concept, tied to a certain time period that featured jukeboxes, poodle skirts, and sock hops, but this segment continues to thrive. There are indeed themed diner franchises that embrace the 1950s or 1960s ambiance to one extent or another, but there are also brands that use an updated approach. Explore our listings of diner franchise opportunities, and learn more about this segment below.

Found 40 franchises

Charleys Philly Steaks

The Worlds Largest Cheesesteak Franchise is Rapidly Expanding Throughout the United States Are you ready to build your cheesesteak empire? Charleys Philly Steaks, the worlds largest cheesesteak franch ...
253k Min. Cash Required

Golden Chick

Each Golden Chick Restaurant is a quick service restaurant with dine-in and drive-thru capability which offers a uniform limited menu featuring fresh Golden Fried Chicken and Golden Tenders prepared w ...
235k Min. Cash Required

Moe's Southwest Grill

Moes is known for its appreciation of classic rock, cool-without-trying-too-hard personality, and of course, the best burritos this side of the border.
50k Min. Cash Required

Woody's Bar-B-Q

Here at Woody's, we have a passion for Bar-B-Q. And a passion for great franchise partners.
150k Min. Cash Required

Samurai Sam's Teriyaki Grill

Samurai Sams is a highly respected brand in the quick-service restaurant category and is recognized for its excellence within the food industry.
110k Min. Cash Required

Samuel Mancino's Italian Eatery

The Samuel Mancino's name is well-known throughout communities as a reliable source of quality and value, particularly noted by our famous oven-baked grinders and a welcoming environment that combine ...
150k Min. Cash Required

Lennys Subs

Guests love Lenny's! And our tagline says it all - More Food. More Taste. More Personality! Awards The Lenny's concept is simple - take a wholesome environment and add employees with great personaliti ...
195k Min. Cash Required

The Middle Spoon Dessertie & Bar

The Middle Spoon serves high end desserts and craft cocktails in a beautiful space filled with comfy chairs and top quality products throughout all delivered with service that is second to none, the e ...
110k Min. Cash Required

Philly Pretzel Factory

Home of the Real Soft Pretzel Philly Pretzel Factory is the worlds largest Philly-style pretzel bakery, with well over 100 franchised locations and growing.
150k Min. Cash Required

Beerhead Bar

Fun Is Always On Tap... for Guests and Franchise Owners
595k Min. Cash Required

Noble Roman's Take N' Bake Pizza

Noble Romans is helping change the way America eats pizza! The Noble Romans take-n-bake Pizza franchise opportunity provides a winning combination: A fantastic product, simple operations and a wide op ...
80k Min. Cash Required

Rosati's Pizza Sports Pub

Rosati's is a neighborhood concept that is looking for a neighborhood near you. When you own a Rosati's Pizza franchise, you'll be part of a family of highly motivated entrepreneurs.
75k Min. Cash Required

Chop Chop Rice Co.

Chop Chop Rice Co. differentiates itself from other fast casual dining establishments with strong unit-level economics, a simple business model, and an outstanding Japanese-inspired menu, atmosphere, ...
383k Min. Cash Required

Smokin' Oak Wood-Fired Pizza

At Smokin' Oak Wood-Fired Pizza, we are so passionate about baking the perfect pizza. Our baking process is based on centuries-old methods which have been modernized for efficiency and consistency.
447k Min. Cash Required

Jon Smith Subs

Jon Smith Subs is a FRESH new opportunity with a track record for success, serving high quality subs, right off the grill, overstuffed and piled high with the freshest ingredients, since 1988.
250k Min. Cash Required

Save-A-Lot Food Stores

Save-A-Lot is the nation's leading hard discount grocery chain with over 1,300 stores across the U.S. and Caribbean.
600k Min. Cash Required

PJ's Coffee

Bring the savory taste and experience of this famous New Orleans coffee house to your market!
350k Min. Cash Required

Roy Rogers Restaurants

Roy Rogers Restaurants provide a wide variety of appealing, prepared-to-order foods with a quality and freshness that sets a new standard in the quick service segment.
500k Min. Cash Required

Hwy 55 Burgers Shakes & Fries

At Hwy 55 Burgers Shakes & Fries, we're all about the American classics you know and love, from crispy onion rings to old-time rock n roll.
125k Min. Cash Required

Rita's Italian Ice

Ritas franchisees come from all walks of life with one thing in common -the desire to choose their own destiny with a proven system providing on-going support; not to mention all having a passion for ...
140k Min. Cash Required

Coyote Ugly Saloon

At Coyote Ugly Saloon, we are focusing on aggressive Global Expansion in non-US Territories; that means huge opportunities for potential Franchisees!
500k Min. Cash Required

Kono Pizza

Kono Pizza cones are cooked on the spot, are healthy, fresh and affordable, and can be eaten anywhere. Bring this innovative food concept to your neighborhood! Our business model is portable and flexi ...
74k Min. Cash Required

Scrambler Marie's

Scrambler Maries is a unique restaurant franchise that serves breakfast and lunch.
406k Min. Cash Required

Village Inn

Village Inn is planning dramatic franchise growth throughout the United States and we want to offer you the exclusive opportunity to hear directly from us and other operators about how you fit into th ...
940k Min. Cash Required

Squeeze In

At Farmer Boys Breakfast Burgers and More, we are deeply committed to supporting our franchisees. Well help you find the right location, teach you our time-honored techniques and provide ongoing assis ...
400k Min. Cash Required

Quaker Steak & Lube

Founded in 1974 in Sharon, PA, the award-winning casual dining restaurant chain has expanded over 55 locations throughout the United States and Canada
500k Min. Cash Required

Honey Dew Donuts

A brand with high consumer recognition, a product with strong consumer demand and enticing, effective marketing programs are part of the Honey Dew Donuts franchise package.
125k Min. Cash Required

Mahana Fresh

Mahana is looking to partner with extraordinary people who want to build a business they will be proud of. We are expanding nationally and internationally. The love of fresh, vibrant and affordable ...
199k Min. Cash Required

Paisano's

Not Just Pizza, But Something for Everyone. From our dough to our pizza sauce to our pasta, we make almost everything that we deliver to your home or office fresh and from scratch daily. The first Pai ...
367k Min. Cash Required

Fuddruckers

Fuddruckers operates and franchises restaurants that specialize in high-quality, upscale hamburgers cooked to order.
495k Min. Cash Required

Wingers Restaurant & Alehouse

Wingers Restaurant & Alehouse is one of the hottest brands featuring Award winning food, craft beer, and Amazing guest experiences! Designed and modeled with both metro areas, and small to mid-sized m ...
434k Min. Cash Required

Pho Hoa Noodle Soup

At Pho Hoa, our passion is simple: to make a healthy Vietnamese pho noodle soup offering the same robust flavors and aromas of traditional pho. That's why we've revolutionized the way pho is made; usi ...
267k Min. Cash Required

The Brass Tap - Craft Beer Bar

Looking for a great business opportunity in a rapidly expanding market? The Brass Tap has all the vital ingredients.
250k Min. Cash Required

Pot & Paddle Jambalaya Kitchen

Pot & Paddle Jambalaya Kitchen is afast casual Cajun restaurant chain offering freshly prepared, authentic Cajun cuisine with dine in, carry out and catering services.
66k Min. Cash Required

Mamas Pizza

Mamas Pizza specializes in an East Coast style pizza that is made fresh daily using the best ingredients we can get our hands on
200k Min. Cash Required

Flamers Burgers and Chicken

Flamers' recipe for its tremendous success has been combining great food with an easy to use system and high-traffic customer locations. The final ingredient for continued success is YOU!
100k Min. Cash Required

Nathan's Famous

In 1916, Polish immigrant Nathan Handwerker started a nickel hot dog stand on Coney Island with a $300 loan from two friends and his wifes secret spice recipe. Today, Nathans is the most famous hot do ...
90k Min. Cash Required

The Donut Experiment

Are you interested in owning your own Donut Experiment franchise? Do you love making people happy and providing them with delicious specialty donuts and coffees everyday?
275k Min. Cash Required

The Rusty Dog

The Rusty Dog brings everything you need to the table to become a successful food truck owner, and simplifies the process of making a great living in this most unique environment and economy that we'r ...
85k Min. Cash Required

Huckleberry's Breakfast and Lunch

Fast-growing concept with Amazing Food, Differentiating Ambiance and Southern Hospitality found only at Huckleberrys.
300k Min. Cash Required
Found 40 franchises

Additional Information

The terms ?diner? and ?coffee shop? were once synonymous to most people. But today?s coffee shop is in most cases far removed from what your parents or grandparents would have recognized in their youth. That begs the question: what exactly constitutes a diner?

Hot food prepared in the restaurant is one of the criteria. We all know a certain coffee shop that serves food that is hot but is prepared somewhere else and just heated up before the customer gets it. That?s all well and good, but it doesn?t make a diner. A diner has a grill, a stove, and most of the other fixtures of a typical restaurant kitchen.

Diners have a fairly simple menu: burgers, sandwiches, and fries along with (in most cases) the breakfast standards. Food is made to order for both dine-in and carryout customers. There is generally both counter service and table service. Some concepts do step a little outside the traditional format and offer only breakfast and lunch service or a specialized menu.

Understanding The Costs

Because of the equipment requirements and the space needed for seating, diners usually fall on the higher side in terms of cost. Most concepts estimate anywhere from $750,000 to $1.5 million total investment. Many of those on the cheaper side (say under $500,000) wouldn?t qualify as a ?diner? under the terms we?ve defined here.

The relatively limited menu does keep inventory costs lower and helps to reduce opportunities for spoilage. However, kitchen employees need to be well-trained or (preferably) experienced. You can?t hire the average high school student off the street and expect him or her to turn out quality food from your grill. That means labor costs in the kitchen can be a bit higher than average.

Whether it?s 1950s nostalgia or a modern update, FranchiseClique can help find the right diner franchise for you!

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