The Fuddruckers franchise is for an upscale hamburger restaurant business. It was founded in 1980 and started franchising in 1983.
It was founded in San Antonio, Texas by Philip J. Romano. Their first location was an old bank turned into a restaurant. He said that the reason why he founded Fuddruckers was that he thinks that the “world needed a better hamburger.” Their concept centers on providing burgers that were made from meat that was grounded on their site and buns that they baked there as well. They used all fresh ingredients. Because of their success, they already had 150 locations in 1988. It was purchased by Michael Cannon in 1998 and was later on purchased by Magic Brands. They are now under Luby’s Fuddruckers Restaurants LLC. Their headquarters is currently located in Houston, Texas. They have about 200 locations in the United States. 59 of their locations are owned and are being operated by the company.
What is on the menu at Fuddruckers?
For Starters, they have Tricked Out Nachos, Mozzarella Sticks, and Firehouse Boneless Wings. Their Original Fudds burgers are never frozen and are available in one-third, one-half, two-thirds, or even one pound burgers. These are grilled as the customer orders it. The bun used is topped with sesame seeds. Their Specialty burgers include the Southwest, Three Cheese, The Works, Swiss Melt, Inferno, and Bacon Cheddar. For Fudds Exotics, they have Elk Burger, Buffalo Burger, and Wild Boar Burger. For Chicken Sandwiches, they have Grilled Chicken, Crispy Chicken, Firehouse Buffalo, Bacon and Swiss, and Chipotle BBQ. For Platters, they have Chopped Steak, Chicken Tenders, and Fish N’ Chips. For Fudds Favorites, they have Turkey Burger, Hot Dogzilla, Grilled Salmon, Veggie Burger, Ribeye Steakl Sandwich, and Crispy Fish Sandwich. They also have Salads like Market Toss, Chicken Caesar, Napa Valley, and Taco Salad. They have meals for kids like Hot Dog, Hamburger, Mac & Cheese, Grilled Cheese, Chicken Bites, Cheeseburger, and Mozzarella Sticks. For Dessert, they have hand-blended shakes that are rich and creamy and cookies that are freshly baked in oatmeal raisin, chocolate chip, m&m, white chocolate macadamia, or sugar cookies.
Cost and requirements on running a Fuddruckers franchise
You need to have a net worth of $1,500,000 and a total liquid asset of at least $550,000. Expect to be investing about $740,000 to $1,500,000. The cost of Fuddruckers franchise fee is $50,000 with an on-going royalty fee of 5%. This is for a renewable 20 year term agreement. You will need about 40 employees to run one location. They allow multi-unit ownership. They do not allow absentee ownership.
What is included in the franchise package?
There will be six weeks training at the headquarters. You will be receiving newsletters. You will be provided assistance at the grand opening. You will be given access to the internet. Expect to be attending meetings and receiving occasional field evaluations. For marketing support, there will be regional advertising.
Fuddruckers Contact Details
You may reach them at:
Address: 13111 NW Freeway, Suite 600 Houston, TX 77040
Phone: (800) 886-4600 or (713) 329-6800