The Starbird franchise is a fast-casual concept with a twist that specializes in chicken. The brand was established in 2016 by Aaron Noveshen and The Culinary Edge, an innovation agency in the food and beverage industry. Starbird merges the best aspects of fast-food and fast-casual to create a new market segment, super-premium fast-food. The brand's chicken is never raised with antibiotics or treated with hormones. It is also never frozen and hand breaded in a secret blend of spices and gluten free flour. Starbird also has two types of bread: bolillo roll and a dutch crunch roll. Gardenbird is the fast-casual franchise's proprietary plant-based protein, which can be substituted on any menu item. 

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Starbird Franchise Cost and Requirements for 2024


With so many fast-casual franchises to choose from, it can be difficult to standout from the crowd. A fast-causal brand that is unique is the Starbird franchise. The brand was founded in 2016 to reimagine the fast-food experience. Before Aaron Noveshen and The Culinary Edge, an innovation agency in the food and beverage industry, founded Starbird, they obsessively perfected their chicken recipes. They saw an opportunity to make fried chicken that didn't leave customers with that heavy, greasy feeling. With the purpose of producing a quality product, Starbird's chicken is never raised with antibiotics or treated with hormones. It is also never frozen and hand breaded in a secret blend of spices and gluten free flour. The chicken can be enjoyed in multiple ways: in salads, tenders, or sandwiches. The fast-causal brand is looking to expand with franchise partners. Franchisees can appreciate that a lot of the brand's food is locally and sustainably sourced. 
Customers are served though a suit of technology. Franchisees have multiple streams of revenue: online orders, third-party delivery partnerships, catering, and dine-in. You will also be provided with great support and training. The franchisor's marketing team will guide you through their omni-channel approach to growth as well as asset you onboard and manage your marketing team. Starbird is looking for experienced multi-unit operators who are committed to opening at least five locations over a three-year period. Qualified candidates should have a net worth of at least $3 million and $1 million in liquid assets. Passion for customer service and operating a restaurant are also a must. 

Company Details

Headquarters: San Francisco, CA 
Canada: No
International: No
B2B: No
Absentee: No
Founded: 2016
First franchise: 2022 
Exclusive territory: Yes
Home-based/mobile: No

Support and Training Offered By Starbird

The franchisor's marketing team will guide you through their omni-channel approach to growth as well as asset you onboard and manage your marketing team. You'll be provided with marketing tools including catering sales support, an
influencer outreach and brand ambassador program, third-party delivery promotion management, PR efforts and copy writing support, and more. You'll also be taught how to operate Starbird's omni-channel strategy and receive grand opening and site development assistance, national distribution partnerships, and more.  

2024 Franchise Requirements Needed to Own a Starbird Franchise.

What does a Starbird Franchise Cost?

Starbird franchise fees for 2024:

Veteran Incentives: $5,000 off first-unit franchise fee
Initial Investment: $1,138,074 - $1,588,963
Cash Requirement: $1,000,000
Royalty Fee: 5%
Net Worth Requirement: $3,000,000
Third-party financing: Yes

Is Starbird a Semi Absentee Franchise with a Passive Ownership Opportunity?

No. Starbird 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 Starbird a Home Based franchise?

No. Starbird is not a home based franchise opportunity.

What Do Starbird Franchise Owners Make?

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

Does Starbird Offer a Veteran Discount?

Yes. Starbird franchise does offer a veteran discount.

Is Starbird Looking for Franchisees in Canada?

No. Starbird franchise is not looking for Canada franchisees.

Is Starbird Looking for International franchisees?

No. Starbird franchise is not looking for International franchisees.

Where can I see Starbird's FDD (Franchise Disclosure Document)?

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Additional Information

Additional Categories

Food & Restaurants

Number of Units Open


Cash Required

More than $250,000

Passive Franchise


Home Based Franchise


Item 19 Franchise


Veteran Discount




Franchise Opportunities in Canada


International Franchise Opportunities


Starbird Franchises for Sale

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