In the U.S., the fast-casual industry is booming. A brand to consider is Daiichi Ramen, a Hawaiian-based Japanese-inspired fast-casual concept. The family-owned business was established in 1999 and began franchising in 2022. Since its inception, the brand has expanded to several locations across Hawaii. Customers can appreciate that the brand's food is made fresh to order and is made with fresh ingredients. They also enjoy the brand's combo meals as well as catering and carryout options. Daiichi Ramen's menu is comprised of sapporo ramen, curry, fried rice, kids meals, soups, salads, and more. In terms of an initial investment, you can expect it to range between $349,000 and $672,000, including a $35,000 franchise fee. Franchisees are also responsible for a 5% royalty fee and 2% marketing fee.
Franchisees benefit from a simple business model and support and training from the franchisor. In terms of support and training, you can expect an initial training program that is broken down into classroom and on-the-job training to explain everything you need to know about the business. This includes hiring, marketing and advertising, food prep, and more. Franchisees also benefit from third-party delivery services (GrubHub, Doordash, UberEats, and Bite Squad), which are an added revenue stream. Franchisees are also given an exclusive territory, which increases their likelihood of success since they'll have less competition as the only representative of the brand in the area. The ideal candidate is passionate about customer service and has the ability to follow a system. They are also organized and have the ability to lead a team.