Waffle House Franchise Opportunity: Cost, Process & Profit

The Waffle House brand is used by two different restaurant chains. One has been in business for a long time in the United States, while the other is a newly launched startup in India. Waffle House, based in the United States, has been in the restaurant business since September 5, 1955.

Since its inception in 2013 in Chennai, the capital of the South Indian state of Tamil Nadu, the Indian Waffle House has provided restaurant services. Here you will find information about each restaurant brand:

1. US Based Waffle House

People who order food in a Waffle House restaurant outlet often claim they receive their meals within ten minutes of time. They even claim to be walking out from the restaurant happily for under few dollars.

We think such attitude of Waffle House towards customers has brought popularity to the company over the years. Customers have already come forward to criticize the restaurant’s customer services.

Waffle House provides customers yummy and flavored waffles. It goes beyond by serving breakfast, grilled biscuits, eggs, omelets, coffee, etc like food items to its customers.

While researching its history, we came to know that in 1955, Joseph W. Rogers ( who passed away recently ) and Tom Forkner co-founded first Waffle House in Avondale Estates, Georgia. After five years of its establishment, the company started to offer franchise.

At that time, the 4th restaurant outlet was already opened by the company.  The company grew further into 27 stores and as of today, operates at more than 2100 locations across 25 states in the United States.

Does Waffle House franchise? 

There is no such information which could confirm whether or not Waffle House offers franchise opportunity in the United States.

However, if you are craving for owning a waffle house franchise in India, here are requirements to qualify for it.

2. Waffle House India franchise

Launched in 2013 by Ravi Kiran and Chandra Lekha, Waffle House is a cafe restaurant where a variety of savory waffles, sandwiches, pancakes, coffee, etc are served to customers.

The food served at the restaurant outlets isn’t just prepared with great care but and delicious as well.

Waffle House currently operates a total of 8 outlets, most of them are operational in Hyderabad itself while one in Bangalore city of Karnataka state.

The Hyderabad based cafe restaurant successfully added five franchise outlets since the year ( 2015 ) it becomes available for franchising. The company is now seeking the applications of prospective franchisees to scale its business across:

  • Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir states of North India
  • Andhra Pradesh, and Karnataka states of South India
  • Assam state of Eastern India.
  • Goa and Gujarat of Western India.
  • Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand of Central India
  • Chandigarh, Daman, and Diu of Union territories

The Waffle House allows the aspiring franchisees to open either a unit franchise or a master franchise.

1. Unit franchise

The required investment for opening a unit franchise of Waffle House is between INR 10lakh – 20lakh with a brand fee amounting to INR 5 lakh and 7% royalty. The space requirements are 300 – 500 square feet.

2. Master franchise

The master franchise option requires INR 30 – 40 lakh investment with INR 7 lakh as brand fee and royalty as 7%. Area requirement is 1,000 – 1,400 square feet.


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