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Top 5 Full-Service Dining Franchises of 2022

After two years of carryout and delivery, customers are eager to dine out.

After two years of takeout, curbside delivery and drive-thru, diners are ready for something more. That means big business for full-service dining franchises, and if you’re looking to invest, there is no shortage of great options. Here are five of our favorites. 

Oath Pizza

  • Startup costs: $350,000–$505,200
  • Unit count: 29

Craving pizza without all the grease? This Nantucket-born, feel-good brand makes it easy to eat better with their one-of-a-kind avocado oil crust, real, fresh ingredients, and speedy service. And in their quest for this healthier, better-tasting pizza, Oath Pizza has also created a feeling for its diners — a feel-good food flavorful pizza that makes every day feel like Friday or some night in the middle of summer. Win-win. 

Melting Pot

  • Startup costs: $1,339,023–$1,587,201
  • Unit count: 96

Melting Pot is the premier fondue franchise of more than 45 years, with nearly 100 restaurants in 31 U.S. states and Canada. The brand is all about creating an exceptional experience centered around shared bites and fondue fun. Diners may enjoy a variety of fondue cooking styles and unique entrées. The menu also features cheese fondues, salads, fine wines, spirits and chocolate fondue desserts.

Shuckin Shack

  • Startup costs: $352,700–$1,128,252
  • Unit count: 16

If you’re craving that vacation feeling of a local spot by the beach with a fresh plate of seafood, Shuckin’ Shack has you covered. This Carolina Beach, North Carolina brand prides itself as a place where friends and family can enjoy fresh, delicious meals and creative cocktails in an environment that exudes relaxation. 

Famous Toastery

  • Units: 25
  • Startup costs: Available upon inquiry

This North Carolina-based brand continues to grow its footprint across the country, with rising demand from diners for its famous, fresh, made-to-order breakfast and brunch food. The brand operates on the premise that “every server is your server” and guarantees a pleasant dining experience every time guests walk through the doors to enjoy an avocado omelet, stuffed French toast, a classic burger, the many fresh soups and salads and more. 

Wings and Rings*

  • Units: 80+
  • Startup costs: $1,110,200

For diners who don’t want to miss the big game, or who are just craving great wings, burgers, salads, sandwiches and homemade Bleu Cheese, Wings and Rings is the go-to destination. The brand puts any living room to shame with bright, inviting dining rooms that encourage sports fans, and those just there for a drink or a bite, to gather around and socialize and enjoy some time together. 

*This brand is a paid partner of 1851 Franchise. For more information on paid partnerships please click here.