The Houlihan’s franchise is for a full service restaurant business. It was founded in 1972 and started franchising in 1994.
The first location was opened in Kansas City, Kansas. Their first specialties then were roasted duck, Caviar burgers, fresh carrot juice, and foot-long hot dogs. They created an ambiance with artefacts that cluttered their walls and tapestries made by hippies from San Francisco were on the ceiling. They went through leadership changes in 2002 and that was when new ideas came in. They changed their plates, building design, uniforms, soundtrack, and their menu. They reinvented their restaurant and now have a prominent bar and an open kitchen. They now have 61 locations in the United States and 29 locations that are company owned.
What is on the menu at the Houlihan’s?
They have Dips and Rolls in White Bean and Artichoke Hummus, Asian Style Ribs, Mini Spinach Dip and Tortilla Chips, Goat Cheese and Artichoke Poppers, Spicy Chicken and Avocado Eggrolls, and Jumbo Stuffed ‘Shrooms. Flatbread Pizzas are in BBQ Chicken, Italian Sausage, Roasted Vegetable, and Pulled Pork. Their Frites Bar has Parmesan Frites, Pickle Fries, Disco Fries, American Fries, and Truckstop Fries. They also have Salads and Soups as Chop Salad, House Salad, and Caesar Salad. Slider Pits have Pulled Smoked Pork Slider, Pot Roast Slider, Veggie Mini Burger, Creekstone Farms Mini Burger, and Slider Couture. For Mini Entrees, they have Grilled Petite Atlantic Salmon, Chicken Cordon Bleu, Seared Sea Scallops, and Fancy Spaghetti. They also have the Big Small Plates which are appetizers meant to be shared.
It has Chicken Wings, Calamari, Bruschetta, Lettuce Wraps, and Seared Rare Tuna Wontons. Their bar has drinks in White Vino, Red Red Wine, Bubbles, Mini Martini Flights, Martinis, Specialty Cocktails, Skinny Drinks, Long Island Iced Teas, Beer, Vodka, Gin, Rum, Tequila, Cognac, Scotch, Boubon or Whisky, and Cordials. For Entrees, they have Stuffed Chicken Breast, Enchiladas, Down Home Pot Roast, New York Strip, Atlantic salmon, Huge Panko Breaded Shrimp, and Jambalaya. For Pastas, there are Basil Pesto Pasta, Chicken Fettuccine Alfredo, Tuscan Lemon Chicken Pasta, and Spaghetti with Shrimp, Scallops, and Mussels. For Sandwiches and Burgers, they have Southwest Grilled Chicken Wrap, Veggie Burger, and Taos Chipotle Turkey Wrap. They also have Grilled Chicken Sandwiches, Build Your Own Black Angus Burgers, items with gluten free ingredients, and meatless and vegan options.
Cost and requirements on running a Houlihan’s franchise
You need to have a net worth of $2,000,000. Expect to be investing about $1,600,000 to $4,300,000. The cost of Houlihan’s franchise fee is $40,000 with an on-going royalty fee of 4%. This is for a renewable 20 year term agreement. You will need about 78 employees to run one location. They allow multi-unit ownership and absentee ownership.
What is included in the franchise package?
There will be 40 days training at a corporate store and 40 days at your location. You will be given a toll free phone number. You will be given assistance at the grand opening and given access to the internet, purchasing cooperatives, and a 24/7 help desk accessible through phone for software and office technical issues. Expect to be attending meetings and receiving occasional field evaluations. For marketing support, there will be ad slicks, co-op advertising, regional advertising, and national media.
Houlihan’s Contact Details
You may reach them at:
Address: 8700 State Line Road, Suite 100 Leawood, KS 66206
Phone: (913) 901-2500