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Awesome Restaurant Franchises: Which Wich, Famous Toastery and Mellow Mushroom
1851 breaks down what makes these three franchises stand out.

Which Wich

Number of Locations: 431 – The brand will have more than 500 locations by the end of 2017 in 40 states and 10 countries

Franchise Development Website: http://www.whichwichfranchising.com/

Cost to Open: $199,500 - $488,750

Primary Markets: Founded and based in Dallas, Texas

Why it’s Awesome: Which Wich offers customizable “wiches,” from the signature Wicked to unique items such as the Thank You Turkey Wich. The menu continues to be innovative with plenty of vegetarian options, light options, Hand-dipped shakes, a set pricing strategy and opportunities to give back through customer orders. The simple yet sophisticated sandwich concept has spread like wildfire, as fans just can’t seem to get enough of the tasty sandwiches, unique ordering system and doodle-worthy bags.

The brand is continually implementing new ways to help a franchisee’s ownership be both easy and profitable. The only thing you need to bring is your good vibes!

Famous Toastery

Number of Locations: 17

Franchise Development Website: http://ownatoastery.com/

Cost to Open: $421,000 - $1,085,080

Primary Markets: Famous Toastery’s story began in 2005 in Huntersville, N.C. in a small house-turned-restaurant and has since spread quickly across the east coast.

Why it’s Awesome: If you’re looking for a new go-to day-time restaurant spot – Famous Toastery is calling your name. Famous Toastery has been voted “The Best Breakfast in Charlotte,” “The Best Brunch in Charlotte” and “The Best Lunch in Charlotte,” so what more do you need to know?! The better breakfast concept is known for its fresh-made breakfasts and fun atmosphere. Customers can always expect the freshest ingredients and impeccable service because at Famous Toastery, “every server is your server.” And employees and franchisees can expect a set, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. schedule, allowing them to enjoy each evening with family and friends. The one-shift restaurant allows franchisees to have less staff and more consistency for customers, yet a highly profitable yet simple beverage and alcohol menu that increases the average ticket.

Mellow Mushroom

Number of Locations: 85

Franchise Development Website: https://mellowmushroom.com/franchising/

Cost to Open: $926,500 – $3,100,000

Primary Markets: The first store was created out of an old liquor store near Georgia Tech University, followed by more locations opening quickly around Atlanta. Mellow Mushroom has since grown to more than 15 states.

Why it’s Awesome: Mellow Mushroom is about much more than just pizza and beer. Since 1974, Mellow Mushroom Pizza Bakers has been serving up fresh, stone-baked pizzas to order in an eclectic, art-filled and family-friendly environment. The brand has a “Mellow State of Mind,” creating a unique culture in each of its restaurants. Everything from the dough to the sauce, and even the pizza boxes, are fresh, all-natural and environmentally friendly, and Mellow Mushroom has broken down the opening process for new pizzerias into a series of concrete steps, making the process as simple as possible for new franchisees. 

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