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How Huddle House improves lives in small communities

Our understanding of community makes us one of the best small town business opportunities around

Shot from the interior of a car, a woman in the passenger seat smiles as they approach the Huddle House restaurant sign.
For some communities, Huddle House is the only place for miles around where they can get a nice, sit-down meal that isn’t fast food and enjoy the company of people who share their values.

As an iconic brand that started in a small town over 50 years ago, Huddle House was built on the belief that small communities thrive because they stick together, in good times and bad. Times have changed and our franchise has changed along with them, but we have always retained our core values. We’re among the best small town business opportunities because of how we build up and add value to small communities.

Huddle House provides a central gathering place and adds jobs to the local economy. We become a part of whatever community we’re in, and that’s why when times are hard, we pitch in.

How Huddle House gives back

When a deadly wildfire swept through the Great Smoky Mountains in East Tennessee last fall, killing 14 people and destroying hundreds of homes and businesses in Gatlinburg and surrounding areas, Huddle House stepped in. We launched a nationwide campaign, inviting guests to donate $1 towards the Sevier County Fire Relief Fund.

Huddle House was founded upon the principles of Southern hospitality — to be a warm, friendly environment that brings the community together,” says CEO Michael Abt. “Our goal is to generate some goodwill for not only those who have been affected by the wildfires, but also among our customers who see the need and want to help.”

During the fundraiser, which lasted through the end of December, our guests’ donations helped people directly affected by the fires buy clothing, pay for temporary housing and provide other necessities as the area rebuilds. Huddle House also treated First Responders in the Chattanooga, TN, area to a free hot meal in January to show appreciation and support for all the public safety professionals who go above and beyond for our communities. They were also granted a 20% discount on all future visits.

A smiling woman wearing sunglasses walks away from a Huddle House restaurant with a Styrofoam drink cup in her left hand and a plastic bag of takeout food in her right.
We provide delicious comfort food for a good value, we provide a gathering spot and we provide support and help when our communities are hurting.

Our corporate culture

The tragedy in Sevier County garnered national attention, and Huddle House is proud to be able to help the area rebuild. We care about the communities we’re in, and as a company we embrace the philosophy of giving back to those who give so much to us. On a more local level, our franchisees get involved in everything from sponsoring Little League teams to raising money for local charities.

We work hard to support our franchisees who so faithfully embrace our corporate values. We offer ongoing training and support, and we provide the latest in management tools to help our franchisees run their operations as efficiently and successfully as possible. For instance, we have an automated back-office tool that provides inventory and labor management, business analytics and a reporting platform, allowing both single- and multi-unit franchise partners to consolidate their daily, weekly, monthly and annual financial information.

Huddle House is strong on small-town values, no matter where we’re located, and we’re strong on franchise systems and support. These are two of the keys that have helped us grow into an iconic 400-unit franchise with a 50-year history that continues to expand into new territory.

Learn more

Whether you’d like to add community-centered franchises to your investment portfolio or you’re looking for a gathering place for your hometown, we invite you to investigate why Huddle House is one of the best small town business opportunities you can take advantage of. Please fill out the form on this page to receive your own password to the Huddle House Franchise Information Center. There, you can study our financial information, read Q&As with longtime franchisees, review tutorials for first-time franchise buyers and more.