A background in business, a passion for people
Empty-nesters Tony and Rhonda Hernandez, who have been married for nearly 10 years, were ready for the next phase of their lives to begin in 2012. Tony’s contract as a development officer for Northwestern State University was just about up and he got wind of an opportunity in his area. The couple teamed up to run their first Huddle House right in their hometown of Natchitoches, La.
Dual owners at work and strong partners at home, Tony, 54, and Rhonda, 51, are knee-deep into owning a Huddle House franchise that’s about 20 minutes from their home and flourishing. When they’re not running the business, they’re catching up with their grown children — Tony has two sons and a daughter from a previous relationship, and Rhonda has a son and daughter. They talked to us while making a four-hour drive to pick up a friend at an airport. This mini-break from their restaurant is one of the perks of franchise ownership, which gives them flexibility when they need it.
Those stories are not uncommon at Huddle House. We cultivate a welcoming atmosphere, and we truly value family — even when our franchise owners aren’t related to their employees, they still feel like family. And although there are cooks and servers and menus, restaurant experience isn’t as important as you might think when it comes to ownership.
What Huddle House is really looking for is someone with a strong business background, either with experience working for others, like Tony and Rhonda did, or someone who might be in business for themselves already. Our seasoned leadership team can teach franchisees everything they need to know to be in their restaurant on a day-to-day basis or how to hire a general manager for multiple locations and oversee their franchises on a larger scale.
We can take on a wide range of individuals to thrive in our brand.
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Huddle House is a 24-hour restaurant with great service, great value and a customer base that feels like family. Customers feel welcomed the moment they walk in; there are no strangers at a Huddle House. We pride ourselves on our unique brand of Southern hospitality, and we’re looking for franchisees who embrace our core values.
Some owners want to set up a Huddle House in their own community so folks will have a place they can call their favorite restaurant, right in their own hometowns. Some want to open up a mini-chain of restaurants, like Gregg Hansen of Chattanooga, because they believe in the Huddle House philosophy so strongly they know they can execute it on multiple platforms.
“One of my favorite things about owning a Huddle House is probably the people,” says Gregg, who owns 19 restaurants in East Tennessee and North Georgia. “We do a lot of work in the community, and we have a lot of regular customers, and we have a lot of long-term relationships with employees. Most of the time, it’s really all about relationships.”
A prospective Huddle House franchisee looking for a new restaurant must have a net worth of at least $600,000; liquid assets of a minimum of $200,000; and good credit. Huddle House can put you in touch with servicers providing several financing options, including SBA loans.
One-third of our franchisees had no previous food service experience. While food experience is not necessary, strong business acumen is required.
Huddle House is known across the country for its great food and its “Any Meal. Any Time.” slogan. If community, hospitality and a commitment to great service and great value are important to you, you might be just right for Huddle House.