Canadians love dining out at restaurants, and this is often a family affair. When youngsters are in the mix, however, the restaurant needs to have the right offer, and dining room franchises across the country are heeding this call by providing kid-friendly lunch and dinner menus that cater to this younger demographic.
Read on to learn more about the family-friendly dining franchise opportunities available from one end of Canada to the other.
ASWR Franchising Corp.
AllStar Wings & Ribs is an award-winning, sports-themed, and family-friendly restaurant serving up great food with excellent service to its valued customers. With its award-winning recipes and outstanding local support, the concept has spread throughout the Greater Toronto Area.
The concept is simple – offering the best products in a unique setting under the flags of the world, with flavours to please every palette. AllStar Wings & Ribs is now offering Area Representative Opportunities, providing a proven model and unparalleled support. Ideal franchise candidates are those who wish to own and operate their own restaurant business by following proven operating systems and business practices.
In 2019, Bâton Rouge celebrated its 27th anniversary and the mark it made on the restaurant industry. Today, the Bâton Rouge menu continues to feature bold flavours such as bestselling pork back ribs, slow-cooked to fall-off-the-bone perfection and basted with their signature homemade barbecue sauce.
The Bâton Rouge operations team has more than 107 years of combined expertise in the restaurant industry. From the restaurant design to cooking operations, the team shares its knowledge and competencies with the franchisee network on a daily basis. Their hands-on approach helps to improve restaurant efficiency and maximize profitability.
Boston Pizza International Inc. is Canada’s No. 1 casual dining brand serving more than 40 million guests annually at more than 390 restaurant locations across Canada. Boston Pizza remains committed to the company’s ‘Four Pillars of Success’ – a commitment to franchisee profitability, a commitment to building the Boston Pizza brand, a commitment to continuously improving the guest experience, and a commitment to being involved in its communities.
Boston Pizza provides franchisees with ongoing training and support, along with award-winning advertising campaigns and sponsorships, and is one of the few systems that doesn’t charge royalties on alcohol sales. New Boston Pizza franchise opportunities are available across Canada.
Chuck’s Roadhouse Bar & Grill
One of Canada’s fastest-growing franchises with industry-leading sales growth, Chuck’s Roadhouse Bar and Grill® has been a beacon to road travellers everywhere since 2015. An innovative concept with a competitive advantage that pays homage to the traditional roadhouses by providing not only a great atmosphere, but an unwavering commitment to serving the best quality food for the best price.
There are many premium Chuck’s Roadhouse Bar and Grill® locations available that offer low royalties, weekly sales up to $100,000, low marketing costs, very strong alcohol sales and low operational expenses, the opportunity to own a franchise for under $500K, a small and efficient menu, and the option to receive in-house financing. This is the opportunity for a low investment with very high returns!
Famoso Italian Pizzeria + Bar
Famoso is a premium casual full service Italian Pizzeria + Bar passionate about authentic ingredients, pizza techniques from Naples, and Italian family kept recipes. Famoso serves traditional Neapolitan pizza and recently introduced New York Sicilian Style thick-crust pizza, as well as traditional Italian dishes, including tapas, pastas, sandwiches, and entrees. Famoso believes the key to success is a strong commitment to excellence and true passion for what they do.
All Famoso restaurants offer dine-in, takeout, and delivery. A typical restaurant location is 2,200-2,500 square feet, with a rustic-modern décor.
Famoso’s newest concept, Famoso Pronto, is an owner-operated fast casual restaurant with Famoso’s same commitment to authentic Italian Neapolitan and New York Sicilian Style thick-crust pizza. This streamlined, compact-size version offers a lower investment, in combination with quick table turns for an efficient business model that maximizes profit.
Flower & Wolf
Flower & Wolf offers locals and visitors a familiar yet refreshing restaurant and bar experience. The menu explores globally inspired flavours through a North American lens, complemented by a cocktail list that is classically rooted and adventurously reinterpreted. A selection of classic rock ’n roll and alternative 80s music adds energy to the space, while attentive servers romance customers through a distinctively memorable dining experience. The uniqueness of the design, attitude, and experience cater to those who dare to be bold.
Humpty’s Restaurants International
Humpty’s is a full-service family restaurant with an award-winning breakfast, lunch, and dinner menu. The menu features a wide selection of choices such as huevos rancheros, homestyle perogies, southern fried chicken, turkey schnitzel, and much, much more.
Humpty’s provides comprehensive training, support, restaurant operations, purchasing, and marketing systems to minimize franchisee risk.
The system also places a great deal of importance on system-wide procedures and operating standards to ensure store-level food service, food quality, and operating efficiencies are maintained and continually improving. Franchisees receive three weeks of franchisee/management training, followed by an additional four weeks of in-store support after opening.
Mandarin Restaurant Franchise Corporation
Mandarin was founded as a small a-la-carte restaurant in Brampton, Ontario in 1979 by James Chiu, George Chiu, Diana Chiu, and K.C. Chang. Their top priority was to ensure customer satisfaction by providing the freshest food and the best service. In 1986, they changed their restaurant to buffet-style to accommodate the long lineups of customers waiting to try their much talked about cuisine.
Each location is owned and operated by Front and Kitchen Managing Partners who have been promoted from within the organization. All of the Managing Partners share the same goal of customer satisfaction that drove the four founding partners.
Mr. Mikes Restaurants Corporation
RAMMP provides its MR. MIKES SteakhouseCasual restaurant and irreverent urbanLODGE under the same roof, so customers can experience one or the other, or both.
As a partner with RAMMP, franchisees can expect to receive and benefit from an established and proven restaurant concept; 50 years of loyal, satisfied customers; corporate branding and development strategies; turnkey franchise operations including site selection, restaurant design, development and construction, financing assistance, and staff recruitment assistance; comprehensive franchisee training programs; on-site training and opening assistance; ongoing operational support; advertising and marketing; ongoing menu development and cost and quality control programs.
For almost 40 years, Pacini has continuously innovated to be able to offer its guests an exceptional and authentic Italian experience. From morning to evening, the chefs’ healthy and tasty dishes, and the staff’s friendliness, make Pacini an unforgettable experience. Its mission is to care for the happiness and well-being of its guests, franchisees, employees, suppliers, and communities.
Pacini has a strong record of success and is also experiencing remarkable growth in annual sales. Following the opening of new restaurants in Alberta and Quebec, the chain now has 29 restaurants in Canada, and will continue to expand in new markets, with its 30th restaurant opening in Ontario in early 2020.
Pizza Delight started out as a small take-out restaurant in Shediac, New Brunswick and has grown to a chain of more than 80 restaurants across Atlantic Canada and Ontario. The company has found success as a family restaurant chain serving an Italian-inspired menu of pizza, pasta, and salads.
Pizza Delight focuses on finding the right partners, selecting franchisees with an aptitude for business, a proven professional track record, and a good reputation within the community. Pizza Delight provides franchisees with a training program, operational systems, a central distribution system, research and development support, and a marketing support program.
Ricky’s All Day Grill
Ricky’s All Day Grill is part of the Ricky’s Group of Family-Style Restaurants, with more than 85 locations in British Columbia, Alberta, Yukon, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, and Ontario. Ricky’s has three dayparts (breakfast, lunch, and dinner). Restaurant sizes are typically from 2,800 to 3,500+ square feet, and usually serve as endcaps in power centres or free-standing buildings.
Outstanding value and a family-friendly atmosphere are hallmarks of all Ricky’s restaurants across Canada, where mouth-watering menu options and welcoming staff have kept customers coming back for generations. The franchise is proud of the supportive, customer-focused culture they’ve built and the corresponding success of the Ricky’s franchise brand. The system offers a variety of franchise options featuring menus that delight, a tried and true system for business success with a nationally supported network, and low start-up costs. All of this adds up to an enviable opportunity for any aspiring entrepreneur.
Scores Rotisserie & Ribs
Celebrating 20-plus years in business, Scores is an innovative casual dining concept in full expansion in Eastern Canada and Ontario. It’s no coincidence that their range of clients is so wide and varied. “Always More at Scores” is more than a signature, it’s a state of mind.
Offering guests a great experience, excellent value, and impeccable service is the priority on which Scores’ reputation has been built. Scores is always looking for franchising partners. The franchise has several areas in which they would like to open a new Scores restaurant.
Shoeless Joe’s Sports Grill
Shoeless Joe’s Sports Grill is the ultimate place to celebrate sports. From the front door to the back, every portion of the design has been crafted to create an atmosphere that focuses entirely on sports entertainment.
When franchisees join the Shoeless Joe’s Sports Grill network, they will receive nationwide brand recognition, experience and support from day one, comprehensive training, and access to a unique market niche. Pre-opening training ranges from nine to 16 weeks, followed by approximately four weeks of store setup training and approximately four weeks of post-opening support (17-24 weeks total).
Smitty’s Canada Inc.
Smitty’s Canada provides full-service family dining and lounge facilities, with wide menu variety, specializing in all the customers’ favourites, all day long.
When franchisees purchase a Smitty’s franchise, they’re buying several decades of brand development, consumer recognition, and guest loyalty. The system has documented in detail its operating systems and programs with nine different manuals, and provides a 30-day training program at the corporate training facility in Calgary for the franchisee and their head cook, where they learn all aspects of running a Smitty’s restaurant including customer service, hiring and training staff, scheduling, and cash management.
St. Louis Bar & Grill
One hundred per cent Canadian owned and operated, the first St. Louis Bar and Grill opened its doors in Toronto in 1992. Famous for its signature chicken wings, fries, garlic dill sauce and “Devilishly Good” atmosphere, St. Louis Bar & Grill offers amazing-tasting comfort food in over 50 locations in Ontario and Atlantic Canada.
Benefits to franchisees include 25 years in business as the ‘Game Day’ destination, and 60+ locations and growing coast to coast. St. Louis Bar & Grill provides a fully comprehensive five-to-six-week training program which covers all facets of ownership and operation, as well as two to three weeks of operational support post opening.
Symposium Cafe Restaurant & Lounge
Symposium Cafe Restaurant & Lounge is the 2017 and 2018 CFA Awards of Excellence Grand Prize winner in the traditional category. It fills the expanding upscale-casual niche and offers full service breakfast, lunch, dinner, and late-night meals with a varied, extensive menu, full bar, classic dessert selection, and the popular Symposium 7 Day Features, which have been guest favourites since 1996.
Symposium provides an award-winning restaurant concept, unique restaurant décor, proven franchise system, three-month training program, opening team support, transition tutor (10 weeks in-store training and support), adaptable site requirements, brand strength and versatility, adaptability, superior quality, manuals and operating procedures, marketing programs, and purchasing power.
The Coop Chicken & Tap House Int’l Inc.
Thai Express is the leading quick service Thai restaurant brand in North America. The Thai Express vision of success is to exceed customer expectations by offering an interesting variety of authentic Thai food prepared and served by well-trained and motivated staff.
Thai Express provides continuous support and professional guidance to all franchisees from the early stages of training and development, all the way through to the exciting opening day and beyond. Thai Express offers a two-week intensive training program at one of its training centres in Quebec or Ontario for all new franchisees and chosen staff, which focuses on food preparation and operations.
Celebrating 50 years in business, Toujours Mikes is a franchise system of neighbourhood mid-casual restaurants. Mikes has evolved to serve a variety of classic Italian dishes, from sautéed pastas and innovative pizzas to hot sandwiches, subs, and grilled items. Mikes is one of Canada’s oldest, and yet most innovative, restaurant chains.
Toujours Mikes prides itself on its continual development of its systems and procedures, and this has made it the second biggest family-style restaurant franchise since its first store opened in Montreal in 1967. Mikes is looking for franchisees who have great people skills, are organized, can multi-task, and can effectively supervise staff.
Wild Wing Hospitality
Wild Wing is the largest chicken wing chain in Canada, operating since 1999. Wild Wing specializes in chicken wings in 101 unique flavours, in addition to other quality offerings like burgers, ribs, flatbreads, salads, and poutines. Wild Wing is a restaurant and bar with a western theme and a focus on sports.
Wild Wing has fewer obstacles to ownership than many other restaurant franchises, thanks to its established support system, flexible options, and low franchise fees and royalties. Wild Wing has a growth strategy to expand from 94 locations to 130 by 2020, and to have a reach from coast to coast.
The WORKS Gourmet Burger Bistro
The WORKS Gourmet Burger Bistro is an award-winning, wildly popular full-service restaurant that began in Ottawa in 2001 and is known for its gourmet burgers, fresh cut fries, cool classic shakes, and ice-cold beer.
Franchisees with previous experience can be Owner Operators, where they act as the General Manager of a location. There is also the option to act as an Owner, which involves adding someone to the ownership group who has deep restaurant management experience. Training and ongoing support is provided for guidance on aspects such as store design, construction, and location, including access to the senior management team.