Top International Cuisine Franchises Under 50 Units
Top International Cuisine Franchises Under 50 Units

These franchises specializing in international cuisine are on the rise.

With the developments in social media and mass travel, people across the globe have expanded their taste palettes and are now interested in more worldly cuisines. Consumers are now looking for authentic international dining experiences. That’s why 1851 Franchise is breaking down the top rising international cuisine franchises under 50 units.

Cantina Laredo

Unit count: 39 locations

Investment range: $1,860,000 - $2,565,000

Ever since the first Cantina Laredo opened in 1984, guests have praised its unique flavors and menu inspired by Mexico City. Since then, upscale Latin restaurants have taken off. Cantina Laredo is building on that trend by expanding through franchising.

The Hummus and Pita Co.

Unit count: 8 locations open and in development

Investment range: $409,000 - $734,500

The Hummus & Pita Co. is a Mediterranean fast-casual concept. Chef Jose Tapia made the Hummus & Pita Co. menu with homemade and fresh ingredients that combine flavors from Greece, Israel, Morocco and the Middle East. The brand is looking for franchisees in the 40 largest media markets in the United States.

Mamoun’s Falafel

Unit count: 10 locations

Investment range: $632,800 - $1,152,000

Mamoun’s Falafel has been in New York’s Greenwich Village neighborhood since 1971. Mamoun’s has grown a loyal following of New Yorkers, tourists and celebrities and has even been featured on several television shows. Mamoun’s uses high-quality Middle-Eastern ingredients to make its classic menu items including falafel, shawarma, hummus, baba ganoush and baklava. It’s a fast casual falafel restaurant that does well in high traffic retail areas in spaces between 800 to 1,500 square feet. The brand is looking to expand in target markets in the North East including D.C., Baltimore, Philadelphia, Boston, Connecticut, Rhode Island and Upstate New York.

Curry Up Now

Unit count: 7 locations

Investment range: $339,000 - $777,800

Curry Up Now takes traditional Indian cuisine and constructs it in a modern way. The brand takes pride in using authentic Indian ingredients, but also offers a variety of dining options for those who are vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free. Curry Up Now is the fastest-growing Indian fast-casual brand in the United States.

King’s Bierhaus

Unit count: 4 locations open or in development

Investment range: $1,185,500 - $1,659,000

King’s Bierhaus is a German-American hybrid restaurant that’s redefining the casual dining model with a full bar, over 35 beers on tap and multiple dining areas. Kings Bierhaus has communal dining, an outdoor family section, bar area and outdoor beer garden. The brand recently launched its franchising opportunity and is looking for multi-unit operators to expand its presence throughout Texas and beyond.

The Simple Greek

Unit count: 32 locations open or in development

Investment range: $318,700 - $675,500

The Simple Greek is a modern, build-your-own Greek concept. They use fresh ingredients and offer customization with different meats and toppings. The brand also explains that its focus and mission centers on food, family and life, and it takes those values into consideration when hiring team members and finding franchisees.

Fajita Pete’s

Unit count: 11 locations open or in development

Investment range: $150,000 - $299,000

Pedro “Pete” Mora founded Fajita Pete’s in 2002 when he was only 23 years old. He had just graduated from the entrepreneurship program at the University of Houston and was ready to open up a business of his own. Fajita Pete’s is a fresh fajita concept that has taken over the Texas area. The brand is looking to expand in Texas before franchising in other states.


Unit count: 11 locations

Investment range: $150,000+

Churroholic is an emerging Spanish dessert restaurant with a modern flair that’s owned by parent company Hiccups Tea House. Opening only one year ago in Anaheim, California, Churroholic quickly spread by word of mouth. Churroholic offers customers Instagram-worthy creations, including churro ice cream sandwiches, churro sundaes, milkshakes and blended coffee drinks. The brand takes pride in the quality of its products and only makes small batches of churros at a time to ensure freshness for its customers. There are currently almost a dozen locations across California, Arizona and Texas.