The Belzoni's Catfish Cafe was founded by Dwight Cooley. The fast-casual franchise specializes in U.S. farmed raised catfish, which is the main item on its menu. Belzoni's prides itself on its unique seasoning and cooking process, which includes using its own pre-made breading made to give it that taste that customers love. Along with catfish, customers enjoy sides and desserts. The brand also attracts customers with southern hospitality and dedication to customer satisfaction. Belzoni's is looking for quality and qualified franchise partners to expand the brand across the country. The Texas-based brand's franchisees benefit from a simple, proven system and support and training. The initial investment ranges between $135,000 - $240,000, which includes a $30,000 one-time initial franchisee fee. Your investment covers travel and living expenses while training as well as furniture and fixtures and grand opening advertising. Royalty fees are set at 5% of gross sales, and local advertising fees are 1%.
Through Belzoni's comprehensive training program, franchisees can feel confident to open a business. During this program, franchisees learn about systems and routines that help them have better understanding of their role. This program is broken down into classroom and on-the-job instruction that covers everything that they need to know about the business including hiring, food prep, marketing and advertising, and more. This program lasts for a total of 57 hours. You will be assisted before your grand opening and for the rest of your time with the brand. Support and training are ongoing. With an exclusive territory, you decrease your competition as the only representative in your area.