L&L Hawaiian Barbecue

The L&L Hawaiian Barbecue is a Hawaii-themed chain of fast-casual restaurants. The brand was founded in 1976 by Johnson Kam and Eddie Flores, Jr. Since they knew many Californians wouldn't know about plate lunch - the state lunch of Hawaii - they repackaged it as L&L Hawaiian Barbecue. The brand's menu includes barbecue chicken, BBQ beef bowl, BBQ cheeseburger, BBQ Mix, and more. Franchisees benefit from hands-on-training, marketing support, and an international system of franchise owners. In terms of the initial investment, it ranges between $133,700 - $535,000. Qualified candidates should have at least $150,000 in cash and other liquid assets. Catering and branded merchandise are additional revenue streams. 

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L&L Hawaiian Barbecue

L&L Hawaiian Barbecue Franchise Cost and Requirements for 2024


The U.S. has a wide variety of food to offer, including Hawaiian. A concept to consider is L&L Hawaiian Barbecue. The brand was founded in Johnson Kam and Eddie Flores, Jr. It all started when Flores, Jr. bought a restaurant for his mom. Since its founding, the fast-casual brand has expanded to over 200 locations and has been named #1 Asian food franchise by Entrepreneur Magazine. When an entrepreneur invests in L&L, they are part of the Ohana that is the franchise system. They benefit form support and training. The franchisor provides extensive business training programs and proven food franchise operating systems and will help you to streamline operations. Additionally, you will also receive marketing support to help grow the business.
The fast-causal brand's menu includes barbecue chicken, BBQ beef bowl, BBQ cheeseburger, BBQ Mix, and more. In terms of the initial investment, it ranges between $133,700 - $535,000, which includes a $30,000 initial franchise fee. Qualified candidates should have at least $150,000 in cash and other liquid assets. Catering and branded merchandise are additional revenue streams. The brand's online store includes t-shirts, stickers, a cook book, and more. The royally fees are 3-4% of gross sales. The franchisor also helps with site selection and assists with grand opening. The average time that it take to open a location is between 3-9 months. The ideal candidate is passionate about customer service and providing a great service. L&L Hawaiian Barbecue is open to expanding internationally and is looking for passionate and qualified franchise partners to bring the brand to their community. 

Company Details

Headquarters: Honolulu, HI 96826
Canada:  No
International: No
Absentee: No
Mobile/home-based: No
Exclusive territory: Yes
Founded: 1976
First franchise: 1991  

Support and Training Offered By L&L Hawaiian Barbecue

In terms of support and training, you can expect an initial, comprehensive training program that explains everything that they need to know about the business. This includes hiring, food prep, marking and advising, the brand's history and more. The support and training are ongoing. 

2024 Franchise Requirements Needed to Own a L&L Hawaiian Barbecue Franchise.

What does a L&L Hawaiian Barbecue Franchise Cost?

L&L Hawaiian Barbecue franchise fees for 2024:

Royalty Fee: 3-4%
Initial Investment: $133,700 - $535,000
Net Worth Requirement: $500,000 - $1,000,000
Cash Requirement: $150,000 
Initial Franchise Fee: $30,000

Is L&L Hawaiian Barbecue a Semi Absentee Franchise with a Passive Ownership Opportunity?

No. L&L Hawaiian Barbecue 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 L&L Hawaiian Barbecue a Home Based franchise?

No. L&L Hawaiian Barbecue is not a home based franchise opportunity.

What Do L&L Hawaiian Barbecue Franchise Owners Make?

Click here to find out how much L&L Hawaiian Barbecue franchisees make. L&L Hawaiian Barbecue offers an Item 19 in their Franchise Disclosure Document which provides financial information about select franchisees in their franchise system.

Does L&L Hawaiian Barbecue Offer a Veteran Discount?

No. L&L Hawaiian Barbecue franchise does not offer a veteran discount.

Is L&L Hawaiian Barbecue Looking for Franchisees in Canada?

No. L&L Hawaiian Barbecue franchise is not looking for Canada franchisees.

Is L&L Hawaiian Barbecue Looking for International franchisees?

No. L&L Hawaiian Barbecue franchise is not looking for International franchisees.

Where can I see L&L Hawaiian Barbecue'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


L&L Hawaiian Barbecue Franchises for Sale

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