In 1972, Houlihan's first opened its doors in Kansas City with a progressive, eclectic menu and energetic bar scene. Ferns hung throughout, artifacts cluttered the walls and tapestries made by San Francisco hippies formed the ceiling. Caviar burgers, roasted duck, foot-long hot dogs and fresh carrot juice were just a few original menu items so ahead for its time. It was hot. Before long, there were a lot of 'casual dining' restaurants opening and call us crazy, but they looked a whole lot like us. We tried to be flattered. Some grew really big, and by the '90s, the whole 'casual dining' landscape was pretty me-too. Instead of watching the consumer, the industry seemed more worried about what competitors were doing. Casual dining lost its way, and in doing so lost its edge.

Contact Information for Houlihan's

Company Website: http://www.houlihans.com

8700 State Line Rd., #100 NA
Leawood
KS 66206 USA Work: (913) 901-2500
Fax: (913) 901-2651

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Opportunity Type:

Training Available:
  • At local location
Support Available:
  • Internet
  • Meetings
  • Phone Support
  • Purchasing cooperatives

Business Start Date: 1

Description: In 1972, Houlihan's first opened its doors in Kansas City with a progressive, eclectic menu and energetic bar scene. Ferns hung throughout, artifacts cluttered the walls and tapestries made by San Francisco hippies formed the ceiling. Caviar burgers, roasted duck, foot-long hot dogs and fresh carrot juice were just a few original menu items so ahead for its time. It was hot. Before long, there were a lot of 'casual dining' restaurants opening and call us crazy, but they looked a whole lot like us. We tried to be flattered. Some grew really big, and by the '90s, the whole 'casual dining' landscape was pretty me-too. Instead of watching the consumer, the industry seemed more worried about what competitors were doing. Casual dining lost its way, and in doing so lost its edge.

Required net worth: $2,000,000

Total investment: $1,600,000 – $4,300,000

Cash liquidity: $20,000 – $25,000

Franchise fee: $40,000

Franchise Start Date: 1

Number of Employees: 44

Number of Franchises: 61

Company Owned Units: 29

Ongoing Royalty: 4%

Financing Available: Yes Third Party


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