The Trough Sandwich Kitchen

The Trough Sandwich Kitchen is a California-based sandwich and breakfast concept. The brand was established in 2013 by Tony Monaco, a restauranteur who wanted to open another food concept near his existing one. The ideal candidate is passionate about customer service and the community. The brand's menu includes unique items made with fresh ingredients such as breakfast tacos and cheesesteaks made with real ribeye. The initial investment ranges between $154,500 - $421,000, which includes a one-time franchise fee of $25,000. This investment covers many costs of owning a restaurant, including initial inventory and fixtures and signage. Royalty fees are set at 5.5% of your gross sales. 

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The Trough Sandwich Kitchen Franchise Cost and Requirements for 2024


The Trough Sandwich Kitchen was founded by Tony Monaco in California in 2013. The brand began as an offshoot of Monaco's other restaurant, which was only open after 4 p.m. for dinner. He wanted a place of breakfast and lunch, so he established The Trough Sandwich Kitchen right next to his existing restaurant, The Blind Pig. Ironically, pigs eat troughs! The fast-casual franchise quickly became a staple of the community with its handcrafted sandwiches and breakfast options. Customers appreciate the brand's fresh ingredients and can't get enough of the cheesesteaks made with real ribeye and turkey Ruben. The brand's claim to fame is its breakfast burritos, which have fillings like tater tots, cheddar cheese, over easy eggs, and a choice of seven proteins. To take The Trough to the next level, it is looking for qualified franchise partners across the U.S. Franchisees are offered a storefront franchise, which should be at least 1,000 sq. ft. and are visible and accessible. 
In terms of the initial investment, it ranges between $154,500 - $421,000, which includes a one-time franchise fee of $25,000. This investment covers many costs of owning a restaurant. Royalty fees are set at 5.5% of gross sales. Franchisees benefit from great support and training. The comprehensive initial training program is broken down into 10 hours of classroom and 80 hours of on-the-job instruction. The classroom section introduces you to The Trough, its history, marketing and advertising, and more. The on-the-job section is more hands on and will explain how to prepare the brand's menu. This support and training are ongoing. 

Company Details

International: No
Canada: No
Absentee: No
B2B: No
Founded: 2013
First franchise: 2022 
Headquarters: Santa Ana, CA 92705
Exclusive territory: Yes
Home-based/mobile: No

Support and Training Offered By The Trough Sandwich Kitchen

The comprehensive initial training program is broken down into 10 hours of classroom and 80 hours of on-the-job instruction. The classroom section introduces you to The Trough, its history, marketing and advertising, and more. The on-the-job section is more hands on and will explain how to prepare the brand's menu. This support and training are ongoing.

2024 Franchise Requirements Needed to Own a The Trough Sandwich Kitchen Franchise.

What does a The Trough Sandwich Kitchen Franchise Cost?

The Trough Sandwich Kitchen franchise fees for 2024:

Initial Investment: $154,500 - $421,000
Net Worth Requirement: $25,000
Cash Requirement: $25,000
Initial Franchise Fee: $25,000
Royalty fee: 5.5%

Is The Trough Sandwich Kitchen a Semi Absentee Franchise with a Passive Ownership Opportunity?

No. The Trough Sandwich Kitchen 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 The Trough Sandwich Kitchen a Home Based franchise?

No. The Trough Sandwich Kitchen is not a home based franchise opportunity.

What Do The Trough Sandwich Kitchen Franchise Owners Make?

This information is not available. The Trough Sandwich Kitchen does not offer an Item 19 in their Franchise Disclosure Document.

Does The Trough Sandwich Kitchen Offer a Veteran Discount?

No. The Trough Sandwich Kitchen franchise does not offer a veteran discount.

Is The Trough Sandwich Kitchen Looking for Franchisees in Canada?

No. The Trough Sandwich Kitchen franchise is not looking for Canada franchisees.

Is The Trough Sandwich Kitchen Looking for International franchisees?

No. The Trough Sandwich Kitchen franchise is not looking for International franchisees.

Where can I see The Trough Sandwich Kitchen's FDD (Franchise Disclosure Document)?

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Additional Information

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Food & Restaurants

Number of Units Open


Cash Required

$25,000 - $50,000

Passive Franchise


Home Based Franchise


Item 19 Franchise


Veteran Discount




Franchise Opportunities in Canada


International Franchise Opportunities


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