Huddle House breakfast franchise stands out with lower initial investment, less-stringent qualifications

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In the franchising industry, food rules. More than half of America’s franchises have something to do with food.

As the restaurant industry continues to thrive, more people are looking for the right franchise within that segment to invest in. Huddle House was one of the first diner franchise concepts, and it’s one of the longest-lasting. We have reached 400 locations this year, which gives us enough momentum to keep growing without flooding the market and pitting franchisees against one another.

We also have an accessible buy-in, particularly for a restaurant franchise. For investors interested in purchasing multiple units, we also offer financial incentives.

How can you tell whether Huddle House is the right dining franchise for you? We’ve put together a comparison chart showing how Huddle House stacks up against one of our biggest competitors, IHOP:

Huddle House IHOP*
Liquid capital required $200,000 $500,000
Minimum net worth $600,000 $1.5 million
Total investment $519,935 to $1,338,075
(this range applies when you lease your land and building)
$639,000 to $2,834,000
Total units 400 1,565**
Franchising since 1966 1958
Franchising fee $25,000 $50,000

* Source:;
** Includes international units

5 Reasons Why Anyone Thinking about Buying a Breakfast Franchise Should Consider Huddle House

Huddle House Interior

Real Southern hospitality. Our franchisees get involved in their communities, and they get to know their customers by name. Even non-regulars can count on a friendly greeting the moment they walk in the door of any Huddle House, anywhere. Why? Because we care about our customers. We want them to have a wonderful meal at a place where they feel welcome anytime, whether they’re in for a quick cup of coffee or a leisurely supper. The reason we exist is to serve our customers, and we make their happiness our priority.

Any Meal. Any Time. You’ll see the words “Any Meal. Any Time.” prominently displayed on our menu and the walls of our restaurants. Why should people be held hostage by a restaurant’s arbitrary mealtime cutoffs? If a customer wants a breakfast sandwich at 10:35 a.m., they should be able to get it! If they want any meal, for that matter — a chicken-fried steak at 4:30 in the morning, a club sandwich with fries at 8 a.m. or a Western omelet at 6:30 p.m. — Huddle House has them covered.

Fits any market. We have long specialized in places where other family dining franchises feared to go, with our sweet spot being communities of 10,000 or less. We become the hub of a small town that desperately wants — and needs — a gathering place. It turns out that larger, more metropolitan areas crave those same gathering spaces in their neighborhoods, too. Huddle House has been successfully expanding into more densely populated urban markets like New York and New Jersey. The bottom line is, Huddle House will work in any size market.

All day concept. Whether people live in a town where they roll up the sidewalks at 9 p.m. or in a city that never sleeps, the only options for night owls, college students and third-shift workers are usually fast-food joints or crowded nightclubs with throbbing bass beats. When Huddle House comes to town, that changes, because the vast majority of our locations are open 24 hours a day.

Great value proposition. At Huddle House, we’re proud of our value proposition. With our fryers, we offer many options — think fried shrimp, onion rings, french fries — that many breakfast franchises don’t. Our menus are loaded with meals that cost less than $8, $6, even $5. Huddle House counts on repeat business to drive revenues, and keeping our delicious meals affordable is one way we do that.

Huddle House Exterior

Contact us at (770) 626-7286 or fill out a contact form to learn more about our southern diner franchise opportunity.

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