Captain D's

The Captain D's franchise got its start in 1969, when it was originally called Mr. D's Seafood and Hamburgers and opened in Donelson, Tennessee. It wasn't until 1974 when the brand was renamed Captain D's. The brand's menu consists of fish, shrimp, chicken, sides, desserts and sweet tea. For over half a century, the franchise has been offering great seafood in a family-friendly environment. The brand is constantly reinventing itself to make its franchisees as much of a return on investment (ROI) as it can. If you're in the southeast of the U.S. and are interesting in serving great seafood to the public, Captain D's can be a great opportunity for you.

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Captain D's Franchise Cost and Requirements for 2022


The seafood industry is booming and is worth $870 billion. Data shows that people are consuming much more fish than in previous decades. The average worldwide per capita consumption of fish us 43 pounds per year, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. Captain D's is a great alternative to burgers and fries and has no direct competition in the fast causal sea food space. Since sea food is such a versatile product, the company is able to have a great menu without adding kitchen complexity or cost for Franchise Owners. The brand also has a streamlined supply chain that allows them to provide a high-quality product to customers. Additionally, the brand monitors supplies to ensure quality for customers and franchisees. The brand also adapts to the times and produces prototypes that reduce startup costs for franchise owners by up to 34 percent. Even during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, the brand didn't permanently close any locations. The company is also known as a conversion expert who can quickly turn existing restaurants into a thriving seafood franchise. If you have an available property already, the brand has the conversion expertise needed to turn that vacant property into a brand-new Captain D’s location. By utilizing existing efficiencies, the company gets you up and running faster, with conversions taking a month quicker to open on average than new builds. If you are looking to open a restaurant that offers a great alterative to pizza and burgers, has no direct competition, and work with conversions experts who are always looking to reduce your costs, Captain D's is the franchise for you. 

Company Details

Founded: 1969
First Franchise: 1969
Canada: No
International: No 
Units: 533

Support and Training Offered By Captain D's

In terms of support and training, the franchisee can expect On-The-Job Training that lasts 219 hours, in addition to 
21 hours of classroom training. The franchisee will also receive assistance during the opening of the restaurant. 

2022 Franchise Requirements Needed to Own a Captain D's Franchise.

What does a Captain D's Franchise Cost?

Captain D's franchise fees for 2022:

Initial Franchise Fee $35,000
Initial Investment $709,300 - $1,231,400
Net Worth Requirement $1,000,000
Cash Requirement $350,000
Veteran Incentives 50% off first-unit franchise fee; reduced royalty fee for first year
Royalty Fee 4.5%
Ad Royalty Fee 1.1%
Term of Agreement 20 years

Is Captain D's a Semi Absentee Franchise with a Passive Ownership Opportunity?

Yes. Captain D's is a semi absentee franchise and allows passive ownership. A semi-absentee franchise is a business you could start and run while still maintaining a job or other obligation.

Is Captain D's a Home Based franchise?

No. Captain D's is not a home based franchise opportunity.

What Do Captain D's Franchise Owners Make?

Click here to find out how much Captain D's franchisees make. Captain D's offers an Item 19 in their Franchise Disclosure Document which provides financial information about select franchisees in their franchise system.

Does Captain D's Offer a Veteran Discount?

Yes. Captain D's franchise does offer a veteran discount.

Is Captain D's Looking for Franchisees in Canada?

No. Captain D's franchise is not looking for Canada franchisees.

Is Captain D's Looking for International franchisees?

No. Captain D's franchise is not looking for International franchisees.

Additional Information

Additional Categories

Food & Restaurants

Number of Units Open

100+ UNITS

Cash Required

More than $250,000

Passive Franchise


Home Based Franchise


Item 19 Franchise


Veteran Discount




Franchise Opportunities in Canada


International Franchise Opportunities


Captain D's Franchises for Sale

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