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If you had the opportunity to open a fast food franchise which one would you choose and why? Even if its one from elsewhere in the country that you think may work in the northern IL southern Wi market.

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Hooters!! Why? Cause how can you go wrong???


But seriously, I would say a Subway. The market is huge right now with all the health nuts out there... And it doesn't seem like that much overhead to start one up.

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Hooters!! Why? Cause how can you go wrong???


But seriously, I would say a Subway. The market is huge right now with all the health nuts out there... And it doesn't seem like that much overhead to start one up.

Hooters is filled in our part of Town and GSXRTony and I have dibs on it when they re-evaluate the census and change their mind.

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Chicagoland needs a Chick Filet. They have the most kick ass waffle potato things. And their chicken rocks. Probably the only thing I miss from the South.

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I have to agree with Subway. Some years ago... my ex-husband was going to buy into one. Per their specifications, it required only 2 individuals and was only $13,000 to start. The franchise fee's were also very low.
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In 'n Out Burger!! You'd be the first one outside of Cali! If not, I'd try to get your hand on a Culvers. They've seen the success in this market and they're popping up like crazy. Otherwise open a Papa Johns in Lincoln Park. There isn't one damn store in Chicago (no idea why). You'd make a killing...

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Chipotle, get in make a killing, then as soon as business droups off and the line no longer wraps around the building, sell, cause it never gonna last!
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I went to a place in New Orleans called Cains that was unbelieveable. Now granted this is after 36 hours of drinking without any sleep but their chicken tenders with Cain's cajun sauce is undescribable. I still crave those things and this was almost 10 months ago that i had them.

Subways are way too saturated. dont do that.

Culvers is awsome and growing.
I would say to try and get a Cold Stone Creamery. it is an ice cream store but they are few and far between and have overwhelming success. Only prob is that you have to be $750,000 liquid to open one.
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Chicagoland needs a Chick Filet. They have the most kick ass waffle potato things. And their chicken rocks. Probably the only thing I miss from the South.
Don't miss the chile, eh? Don't worry, we won't send anymore. I would open....a combo of Best Buy, Honda Dealer, Mexican food, paintball store.
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McDonalds all the way baby! Guaranteed big money maker. There is literally, no risk and all reward. Just a hefty franchise fee.

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Chicagoland needs a Chick Filet. They have the most kick ass waffle potato things. And their chicken rocks. Probably the only thing I miss from the South.
Chick Filet is the best damn chicken ever!!!!!!
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It's weird, but there are virtually no Chick Fillet's much north of Missouri, but there is one in Racine at REgency mall.

They do have the most kick ass waffle fries.

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We had a chick filet here....now it's gone
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KK is pretty demanding as far as what they require to open a franchise. I looked into it 2 years ago before there were any up here. Damn it anyway!
I've heard Subway is easy to do, and with the looming threat of a lawsuit in the style of the tobaco companies, I'd stay away from "greasy" places, that force people to get fat.
I do like Culvers though.

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Whataburger is so damn good....but I'd open a Sonic. It's the best drive-thru if you're a motorcyclist, because you park and then order right there in your parking spot-- they bring everything to you. Plus, they have TATER TOTS.

mmmmmmmmmmm..........tater tots.
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Jim's right KK would be great out here as would a Culvers.

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Whataburger is so damn good....but I'd open a Sonic. It's the best drive-thru if you're a motorcyclist, because you park and then order right there in your parking spot-- they bring everything to you. Plus, they have TATER TOTS.

mmmmmmmmmmm..........tater tots.
I'm with you on this I think a Sonic would work.

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Off subject, Tire Plus was looking to expand in the Chicago area about a year ago.

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I'm going to be a prick and burst everyone's ballon here.

Question: What is the number one failed business venture in North America?

Anyone? Anyone?

Answer: The resturant business.

Buying yourself a Subway franchise is like buying yourself a low paying job. Ever wonder why every one them are owned by Indians? And anyone who works in one is a family member? Even a TOGO's would be a bad idea. I think depending on franchiser, they take 25% of your income, and you have to pay for everything and do what corporate officers tell you.

I have a friend who's family owns 3 Burger King franchises, Jim sold his interest and became a cabinet maker.

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[B]I'm going to be a prick and burst everyone's ballon here.

Question: What is the number one failed business venture in North America?

Anyone? Anyone?

Answer: The resturant business.

B]
I'd like to know where you got that stat and the specifics of it. Because a resturaunt business is way too broad of an assumption. Specialty resturaunts fail all the time. With proper research and skill a good fast food franchise could be a very nice cash cow. Unfortunately, start up costs and barriers to entry are high. The reason you see so many "foreigners" owning things like this is not because it's a low paying job. It's because the government offers loan programs and tax benefits that make them easy for them to make lots of cash

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Buying yourself a Subway franchise is like buying yourself a low paying job. Ever wonder why every one them are owned by Indians? And anyone who works in one is a family member? Even a TOGO's would be a bad idea. I think depending on franchiser, they take 25% of your income, and you have to pay for everything and do what corporate officers tell you.
I'm a bit confused here. Are you saying that Indian's want low paying jobs? If these businesses weren't successful....believe me, they would not be buying into them.

A franchise that i would look into is Buffalo Wild Wings.
Also, i was looking at the business section of the Trib a few days ago, and they these convenience stores that were like vending machines. You drive up to one of four stations, pick anything that would be a regular convenience store, and pay for it right there, and it comes right out on a conveyor belt.
I guess the test market for this is in Memphis right now.
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I'd like to know where you got that stat and the specifics of it. Because a resturaunt business is way too broad of an assumption. Specialty resturaunts fail all the time. With proper research and skill a good fast food franchise could be a very nice cash cow. Unfortunately, start up costs and barriers to entry are high. The reason you see so many "foreigners" owning things like this is not because it's a low paying job. It's because the government offers loan programs and tax benefits that make them easy for them to make lots of cash
Ditto, no bubble to burst Rick, I have know 2 franchise oweners personally. One has now 5 McDonalds all very successful, and making tons of money. The other one has 2 Quiznos. It is a good business venture but it involves a lot of your time, and I am not talking just 60 hours a week, is more like the place is open you are working.

Restaurants do fail but I do not think that franchises are involved in that statistic.

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