Gyu-Kaku Japanese BBQ Restaurant

The Gyu-Kaku Japanese BBQ Restaurant franchise is a Japanese-inspired food concept based in California. The brand was established in 1996 and began franchising a year later. Since then, the restaurant franchise concept has expanded to over 825 locations worldwide. Gyu-Kaku is on a mission to empower customers by allowing them to cook their food using convenient, self-venting in-table roasters. Gyu-Kaku, which is Japanese for "horn of the bull," had a decade of franchising experience in Japan before moving outward. The ideal candidate is passionate about customer service and providing a great product. The initial investment ranges between $1,215,444 - $2,606,540, which includes a $50,000 initial franchise fee. 

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Gyu-Kaku Japanese BBQ Restaurant Franchise Cost and Requirements for 2024


A perk of living in the U.S. is the world of food that is available. A franchise to consider is the Gyu-Kaku Japanese BBQ Restaurant. Gyu-Kaku, meaning "Horn of the Bull" in Japanese, is a California-based brand that serves authentic Japanese yakiniku (grilled barbecue). The brand's dining experience is unique because customers share premium cooked meats over a flaming smokeless grill, while sipping on Japanese sake, shochu, and frosty cold beers. Gyu-Kaku offers a wide range of meats including Harami Skirt Steak in Miso Marinade and Prime Kalbi Short Rib in Tare Sweet Soy Marinade. Some of the brand's Angus Beef is aged for 21 days in order to increase tenderness and flavor. Since its inception, the brand has expanded to to over 825 locations globally. The brand's first U.S. location was opened in Las Angeles in 2021.
Franchisees benefit from a proven model, open territories, and multiple revenue streams. You also benefit from support and training. In terms of support and training, you can expect an initial training program that covers all topics related to running the business properly. This includes hiring, marketing and advertising, managing books, and more. The franchisor assists with site selection and lease negoation and will be there before and after your grand opening. The support and training are ongoing. The ideal candidate is passionate about customer service and offering a quality product. Gift cards and online orders are additional revenue streams. The initial investment ranges between $1,215,444 - $2,606,540, which includes a $50,000 initial franchise fee. Franchisees are given an exclusive territory.  


Company Details

Headquarters: Torrance, CA 90503
Canada: Yes
International: Yes
Absentee: No
Mobile/home-based: No
Exclusive territory: Yes
Founded: 1996
First franchise: 1997
B2B: No

Support and Training Offered By Gyu-Kaku Japanese BBQ Restaurant

In terms of support and training, you can expect an initial training program that covers all topics related to running the business properly. This includes hiring, marketing and advertising, managing books, and more. The franchisor assists with site selection and lease negoation and will be there before and after your grand opening. The support and training are ongoing. 

2024 Franchise Requirements Needed to Own a Gyu-Kaku Japanese BBQ Restaurant Franchise.

What does a Gyu-Kaku Japanese BBQ Restaurant Franchise Cost?

Gyu-Kaku Japanese BBQ Restaurant franchise fees for 2024:

Initial Investment: $1,215,444 - $2,606,540
Net Worth Requirement: $1,500,000 - $2,000,000
Initial Franchise Fee: $50,000
Cash Requirement: $500,000
Royalty Fee: 4-5%

Is Gyu-Kaku Japanese BBQ Restaurant a Semi Absentee Franchise with a Passive Ownership Opportunity?

No. Gyu-Kaku Japanese BBQ Restaurant 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 Gyu-Kaku Japanese BBQ Restaurant a Home Based franchise?

No. Gyu-Kaku Japanese BBQ Restaurant is not a home based franchise opportunity.

What Do Gyu-Kaku Japanese BBQ Restaurant Franchise Owners Make?

Click here to find out how much Gyu-Kaku Japanese BBQ Restaurant franchisees make. Gyu-Kaku Japanese BBQ Restaurant offers an Item 19 in their Franchise Disclosure Document which provides financial information about select franchisees in their franchise system.

Does Gyu-Kaku Japanese BBQ Restaurant Offer a Veteran Discount?

No. Gyu-Kaku Japanese BBQ Restaurant franchise does not offer a veteran discount.

Is Gyu-Kaku Japanese BBQ Restaurant Looking for Franchisees in Canada?

Yes. Gyu-Kaku Japanese BBQ Restaurant franchise is looking for Canada franchisees.

Is Gyu-Kaku Japanese BBQ Restaurant Looking for International franchisees?

Yes. Gyu-Kaku Japanese BBQ Restaurant franchise is looking for International franchisees.

Where can I see Gyu-Kaku Japanese BBQ Restaurant's FDD (Franchise Disclosure Document)?

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Additional Information

Additional Categories

Food & Restaurants

Number of Units Open

100+ UNITS

Cash Required

$100,000 - $250,000

Passive Franchise


Home Based Franchise


Item 19 Franchise


Veteran Discount




Franchise Opportunities in Canada


International Franchise Opportunities


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