When it comes to fast-casual brands, BBQ joints may go under appreciated but give entrepreneurs the opportunity to cash in on a billion dollar industry. A regional BBQ joint to consider is the VooDoo BBQ & Grill, a fast-causal BBQ concept that was established during Marti Gras in 2002. The BBQ franchise was founded by Alton Doody, Tony Avila, and Dino Arvanetes after realizing that BBQ is popular in Louisiana but there are few BBQ restaurants there. The BBQ franchise’s meats are dry rubbed with Cajun, Creole and Caribbean spices and are then slowly cooked with pecan and oak, which produces a smoke ring. VooDoo BBQ offers a unique menu to ensure it’s not just an ordinary restaurant. For example, VooDoo has daily specials, including red beans and rice with spicy Cajun sausage on Mondays and its signature Spicy Shrimp Po-Boy on Fridays. As a franchisee, you are part of a culture that values community and great service. The BBQ concept partners with organizations that increase physical activity for children.
You can also expect great support and training. In terms of support and training, Your training consists of a 5-7 week comprehensive, hands-on training program at one of the brand's restaurants. You and your managers will learn how to properly run the business during this time. In addition to an operations manual, you will be provided with site selection and buildout assistance, inventory and equipment ordering information, and grand opening assistance. The training and support is ongoing, so you can expect continuing eduction, field support check ups, and menu innovation ideas from the research and development team.