Belzoni’s Catfish Cafe

The Belzoni’s Catfish Cafe is a full service seafood restaurant brand. The brand was originally named Cooley's Catfish Shack. For over two decades, Belzoni's have evolved from cooking fried catfish and sides for family members, to cooking for special events and festivals. The brand has been featured at Fort Worth Stockshow & Rodeo, Mayfest, Main Street Arts Festival, Texas Motor Speedway, and Las Vegas Motor Speedway. The 52 Chevy Kitchen is a food tuck that is equipped and ready to handle any special event. The brand's menu includes burgers, appetizers, catfish dinners, baskets and more. The ideal candidate is passionate about customer service and offering a great product. 



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Belzoni’s Catfish Cafe Franchise Cost and Requirements for 2024


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. 

Company Details

Headquarters: White Settlement, TX 76108
Canada: No
International: No
Absentee: No
B2B: No
Exclusive territory: Yes
Founded: 2018
First franchise: 2023
Home-based: No

Support and Training Offered By Belzoni’s Catfish Cafe

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.

2024 Franchise Requirements Needed to Own a Belzoni’s Catfish Cafe Franchise.

What does a Belzoni’s Catfish Cafe Franchise Cost?

Belzoni’s Catfish Cafe franchise fees for 2024:

Net Worth Requirement: $30,000
Cash Requirement: $30,000
Royalty Fee: 5%
Initial investment: $134,350 to $237,100
Franchise fee: $30,000

Is Belzoni’s Catfish Cafe a Semi Absentee Franchise with a Passive Ownership Opportunity?

No. Belzoni’s Catfish Cafe is not a semi absentee franchise. The owner of the franchise (the franchisee) is expected to be involved in all aspects of day-to-day operations.

Is Belzoni’s Catfish Cafe a Home Based franchise?

No. Belzoni’s Catfish Cafe is not a home based franchise opportunity.

Does Belzoni’s Catfish Cafe Offer a Veteran Discount?

No. Belzoni’s Catfish Cafe franchise does not offer a veteran discount.

Is Belzoni’s Catfish Cafe Looking for Franchisees in Canada?

No. Belzoni’s Catfish Cafe franchise is not looking for Canada franchisees.

Is Belzoni’s Catfish Cafe Looking for International franchisees?

No. Belzoni’s Catfish Cafe franchise is not looking for International franchisees.

Where can I see Belzoni’s Catfish Cafe's FDD (Franchise Disclosure Document)?

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Food & Restaurants

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Cash Required

$25,000 - $50,000

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