Grampa’s Catfish House Franchise

Last Updated on July 26, 2012 by DeanR

Grampa’s Catfish House Franchise

Grampa’s Catfish House is a franchise for a restaurant serving Southern foods, seafood, and catfish.

It was founded in 1970 and started franchising in 2005. The first location was opened at 1218 Mission Rd., North Little Rock. The location was tucked away in the back roads and because of this, eating at Grampa’s a special treat. Their first location only sat 30 customers and because of this, a lot of them had to wait to be seated. As they waited, Grampa gives them peanuts and these peanuts became a hit that their floor was covered with peanut shells. This became a tradition but they had to stop it because of the insurance company.

Another tradition built at Grampa’s was the hats. It started with their friend, Dave. He came down to visit every year and one year, he came to show a cap for his business, “Thomson’s Meats”.  Grampa’s was busy that day and Dave decided to leave. As Dave left, he stapled the cap onto the wall. Their location at Mission Road now has about 2,000 caps stapled on the wall and the location at Shadow Oaks has about 200 caps. They had to move out of the old building and open a new one that seats 270 customers and 200 seats in private areas.

What is on the menu at Grampa’s Catfish House?

They offer an all-you-can-eat menu including catfish fillet, catfish center cut, fried breaded shrimp, and fried chicken breast fillet. These are served with ‘pups, fries, red onion slices, cole slaw, kosher pickle spears, and real lemon wedges.

They use only Arkansas farm raised catfish. The same menu is available in four to eight pieces or single servings. For Grilled Catfish Dinners, they have Blacken’d Catfish, Sauteed, and Cajun Catfish. This comes with hushpuppies or Cajun rice. Fantail Shrimp Dinners include breaded oysters, coconut shrimp dinner, breaded scallops, shrimp, oysters and scallops, chicken fried steak, stuffed crab basket, and fantails available in regular or large. For the sides, they have fires or tots, fried okra, fried squash, fried green tomatoes, stuffed crabs, bowl of tomato relish and dipping sauces in honey mustard, ranch, and BBQ.

Cost and requirements on running a Grampa’s Catfish House franchise

You need to have a net worth of $100,000 and a total liquid asset of at least $50,000. Expect to be investing about $121,000 to $234,000. The Grampa’s Catfish House franchise fee is $25,000 with an on-going royalty fee of $300 per week. This is for a renewable 10 year term agreement. You will need about 25 to 40 employees to run one location. They do not allow absentee ownership.

What is included in the franchise package?

There will be two weeks training at the headquarters and two weeks at your location. You will be receiving newsletters and access to the internet and purchasing cooperatives. You will be provided with the unique restaurant concept and POS technologies. You will receive assistance in finding the perfect site for you and support at the store opening. You will also receive technical support. For marketing support, there will be ad slicks.

Grampa’s Catfish House Contact Details

You may reach them at:

Address: 100 Shadow Oaks Sherwood, Arkansas 72120

Phone: (501)834-5400

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