Frequently Asked Questions
DO I NEED TO HAVE ANY PRIOR EXPERIENCE IN THE RESTAURANT INDUSTRY?
You don’t need any prior experience in the restaurant industry, but it would certainly help. The Hungry Greek provides an excellent training program, and we will be standing right next to you as you open your location. In addition, we are also offering an extended Discovery Week where you will actually shadow one of our managers at a company-owned location. This offer is made to financially qualified candidates who have signed all non-disclosure documents. You will still be expected to attend the full training program once you sign a franchise document.
HOW LONG WILL I BE AT TRAINING AND WHAT CAN I EXPECT TO LEARN?
Our initial training program consists of approximately three weeks of classroom and on-site training at a company owned location in Tampa, Florida. The Hungry Greek requests that not only do you attend training, but that you bring your general manager, kitchen manager and up to two additional employees to complete our initial training program. In addition, one of our representatives will be at your site for up to 7 days (to be scheduled around your opening).
Your training program is intensive and includes: Recipes and Prep Procedures, Quality and Service Standards, Inventory Procedures, Equipment and Safety, Brand Compliance, Food Safety, and Sanitation and Health Code Compliance. When you have completed our training program, you will be ready to own a restaurant!
WILL YOU ASSIST ME WITH ESTABLISHING MY VENDOR RELATIONSHIPS AND INITIAL INVENTORY PURCHASE?
Yes. The Hungry Greek has a preferred vendor program that will provide you with all the products that you will use to operate your restaurant. In addition, we will assist you with your opening inventory purchase.
DOES THE HUNGRY GREEK OFFER FINANCING?
Currently, we do not have a relationship with a third party that will assist you with financing.
DOES THE HUNGRY GREEK OFFER A MUTI-UNIT FRANCHISE OPPORTUNITY?
Absolutely! We understand that you may want the flexibility to open multiple locations and have complete control of your territory. You are provided a protected territory as part of your franchise agreement. We will also provide you a first right of refusal for adjacent territories at the time of your franchise closing.
WHAT ARE THE INITIAL FRANCHISE FEES AND ONGOING ROYALTY FEES?
The initial franchisee fee is $33,000. Currently there is no national advertising fee, but you will pay ongoing royalties of 5% of gross sales. We ask that you spend a minimum of 1% of your gross sales on local advertising.
WHERE SHOULD I LOCATE MY HUNGRY GREEK RESTAURANT?
We will work directly with your local real estate professional to help select the best location available. In general, we are looking for significant community activity, including:
- Mixed Medical Complexes and Offices
- Schools and Recreational Areas
- YMCA’s or Large Fitness Related Centers
- Theatres and Other Social Gathering Spots
Ideally we would like to see you in approximately 2,000 square feet and have outdoor seating available. It is not necessary for you to have a strong anchor tenant; however, visibility and signage is very important.
HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE ME TO OPEN MY RESTAURANT ONCE I HAVE SIGNED A FRANCHISE AGREEMENT?
Your first location will generally open within 6 – 9 months of signing your agreement. If your location has already been identified, the time to open can be reduced considerably.
WILL YOU HELP ME WITH MY INITIAL MARKETING STRATEGY AND GRAND OPENING?
Yes. We will assist you with all aspects of your opening and we will be in attendance.
SOCIAL MEDIA IS REALLY BIG RIGHT NOW. DO YOU HAVE A POLICY AS TO WHAT I CAN AND CANNOT DO?
We have an extensive social media policy that we have coupled with best practices. Some store owners are better equipped than others to monitor and manage their social media presence. We will discuss this at length during training and you will be all set up before you open your restaurant.