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Franchise Influencers: Michael Haith, Owner and CEO, Teriyaki Madness

As part of our annual Influencer Issue, 1851 Franchise has enlisted the help of the franchise community to compile a list of the top people making moves in the franchise industry.

By Savannah BilboStaff Writer
10:10AM 03/03/23

Michael Haith

Owner and CEO

Michael has an almost 30-year career successfully building multiple Inc. 500, global franchise brands. Consulting, serving on boards, investing and building companies, he has vast experience identifying and franchising strong food and beverage concepts. In 2013, he discovered Teriyaki Madness. It is a small, seven-unit regional chain with delicious and healthy food, a simple business model, a raving fan base and, most importantly, the best margins he'd ever seen in his years in the restaurant industry. He sold all of his current business interests in 2015 to acquire and focus on Teriyaki Madness and what is quickly becoming a recognized success story in the fast casual restaurant industry. Quality, fresh, customizable ingredients made-to-order with large portions of delicious, healthy bowls of fresh vegetables, all-natural grilled chicken and beef, with homemade sauces and served over Calrose rice or noodles. He has assembled a team of seasoned, fast-casual professionals to build the processes and systems to aggressively and intelligently help franchisees expand TMAD on a global scale. Currently, there are more than 120 teriyaki shops with another 20 to open in 2022 throughout North America. TMAD has great momentum into the next decade as satisfied franchisees expand rapidly into additional shops. The TMAD franchise community is aggressively expanding, adding additional units while inviting and supporting new franchisees to expand the brand awareness across the globe.

About Teriyaki Madness: Teriyaki Madness is a fast-casual restaurant concept serving up quality, fresh, healthy and flavorful Asian food in a high-vibe atmosphere. Through years of mastering marinating, grilling and cooking with woks, they are able to make bowls that are as hearty and delicious as they are healthy. Their food is made to order with always marinated and grilled fresh meats, and customizable bowls meant for delicious and healthier eating. They have a collection of sauces made from scratch with the best ingredients, so they can bring a one-of-a-kind teriyaki taste to each bowl at an affordable price. Teriyaki Madness brings teriyaki to a whole new level with a family friendly, neighborhood feel. Teriyaki Madness has amazing shop sales and profitability with a low investment cost. Managed by an experienced group of fast casual executives combined with a mature business system, this paves the way for Teriyaki Madness’ growth. It’s safe to say they have the best bowls in the business!

Total Locations (if franchise): 127

Investment Range: $346K–$768K

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