There's a reason restaurants first come to mind when people think of franchising; countless entrepreneurs have franchised their restaurants to great success. A quick service burger concept to consider is The Habit Burger Grill. The Habit Burger Grill franchise is a restaurant chain with a menu full of burgers, sandwiches, salads, sides, and more. The first Habit Burger location opened in 1969, and it began franchising in 2014. Since then, the quick service burger brand expanded to more than 300 locations around the world. As a franchisee, you have three real estate options to choose from: free standing location with a drive-thru (2,500-3,00 sq. ft.); an end cap; an end cap with a drive-thru (2,400-2,800 sq. ft.); or a non-traditional location, which is generally less than 1,200 sq. ft. Franchisees enjoy multiple streams of revenue: in-store, take-out, and drive-thru; ordering opportunities on a website, app, or third-party delivery; in-door kiosks; and curb-side pick-up. There are also catering opportunities.
The ideal candidate for the Santa Barbara-based burger brand has prior restaurant experience and is committed to the community and customers. Franchises appreciate the ability to give back to the community. The Habit Burger Grill has partnered with charities such as No Kid Hungry, the Boys and Girls Club of America, and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. This is an important part of Habit Burger's people-centric culture. The Habit Burger Grill is a publicly traded company that was acquired by Yum! Brands in 2020. As part of Yum! Brands, the franchise receives great support and training and vendor discounts. Additionally, the quick-service burger concept has been recognized by Newsweek as a favorite restaurant chain in the U.S.