D.P. Dough

The D.P. Dough franchise is a unique concept that specializes in calzones. The brand was founded by mother-son duo, Penny and Dan Haley, who put their initial together to name the restaurant. They got the inspiration for the business in 1983 at the Big E Fair in Springfield, Mass., where they sold their first calzones out of their truck. Dan was the one who thought of taking the food truck to the next level with a retail and delivery location. Since it doesn't sell pizza, D.P. Dough markets itself as the Pizza Alternative. Franchisees will also appreciate the brand's low 4% royalty rate. 

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D.P. Dough Franchise Cost and Requirements for 2024


Of the most common concepts in franchising, pizza ranks at the top. For those looking for an alternative to the countless pizza concepts out, look no further than D.P. Dough. The unique restaurant concept specializes in calzones. Founded in 1987 by the mother-son duo Penny and Dan Haley, the idea for the D.P. Dough concept came from a food truck they ran together in 1983 at a fair in Massachusetts. Since opening its doors, the brand has expanded to dozens of franchised and corporate locations across the U.S. The brand's menu includes a variety of calzones, wings, tops, stixs, and the ability to build their own calzone. It can be made with protein, veggies, sauces, and cheeses. The brand is looking for franchisees in Alabama, Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Missouri, Montana, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Vermont, and Virginia What differentiates D.P. from its competitors is its affordability.
In addition to a 4% royalty fee, prospective candidates appreciate the fact that veterans receive a 10% discount on the franchise fee, which is $25,000. Canidates can expect an initial investment that ranges between $105,980 - $329,730. Qualified candidates should have at least 100K in cash and a net worth of at least 300k. You will also receive great support and training. In terms of support and training, you can expect to be enrolled in an initial training program online, classroom, and on-the-job instruction. During this time, you'll learn how to run the business properly. The support and training are ongoing and last the entirety of your franchise agreement. 

Company Details

Headquarters: East Freetown, NY
Canada: No
International: No
Absentee: No
Exclusive territory: Yes
Founded: 1987
First franchise: 1996
Home-based/mobile: No


Support and Training Offered By D.P. Dough

In terms of support and training, you can expect to be enrolled in an initial training program online, classroom, and on-the-job instruction. During this time, you'll learn how to run the business properly. The support and training are ongoing and las the entity of your franchise agreement.

2024 Franchise Requirements Needed to Own a D.P. Dough Franchise.

What does a D.P. Dough Franchise Cost?

D.P. Dough franchise fees for 2024:

Veteran Incentives: 10% off franchise fee
Initial Franchise Fee: $25,000
Initial Investment: $105,980 - $329,730
Royalty Fee: 4%
Net Worth Requirement: $300,000
Cash Requirement: $100,000

Is D.P. Dough a Semi Absentee Franchise with a Passive Ownership Opportunity?

No. D.P. Dough 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 D.P. Dough a Home Based franchise?

No. D.P. Dough is not a home based franchise opportunity.

What Do D.P. Dough Franchise Owners Make?

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

Does D.P. Dough Offer a Veteran Discount?

Yes. D.P. Dough franchise does offer a veteran discount.

Is D.P. Dough Looking for Franchisees in Canada?

No. D.P. Dough franchise is not looking for Canada franchisees.

Is D.P. Dough Looking for International franchisees?

No. D.P. Dough franchise is not looking for International franchisees.

Where can I see D.P. Dough's FDD (Franchise Disclosure Document)?

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Additional Information

Additional Categories

Food & Restaurants

Number of Units Open

50-100 UNITS

Cash Required

More than $250,000

Passive Franchise


Home Based Franchise


Item 19 Franchise


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Franchise Opportunities in Canada


International Franchise Opportunities


D.P. Dough Franchises for Sale

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