Gyu-Kaku Franchise Review

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Gyu-Kaku is analyzed based on our most recent FDD research!

Franchise Opportunity Information

Gyu-Kaku is a Japanese style "yakiniku" restaurant offering an assortment of meats, seafood, poultry, vegetables and deserts for customers to cook on state-of-the art charcoal roaster systems, as well as, proprietary dipping sauces, marinades, and a variety of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages.

How much does a Gyu-Kaku franchise cost to open?

Gyu-Kaku has an initial franchise fee of up to $50,000, with a overall initial investment range of $791,093 to $2,120,001.

  • Initial Franchise Fee: $50,000
  • Total Investment: $791,093 to $2,120,001
  • Working Capital: $10,000 to $15,000
  • Royalty Fee: 5.0%

The upfront cost of any franchised business includes several fees. Check out this investment opportunity to better understand the initial costs required to purchase a Gyu-Kaku, such as territory fees, construction and costs, grand opening marketing, and technology fees. As a reminder, franchisors must to provide you with details about all initial fees. These are not only fees that are actually paid, but also commitments to fees you are required to pay. Another important consideration to review is whether the upfront fees are refundable to you or not. The franchisor is required to disclose what conditions any of the upfront fees are refundable. A franchisor must also provide details of a range of fees if their initial fees are not the same within the system. A thorough analysis of the Item 5 initial fees will provide you answers needed to make a buying decision this opportunity.

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How much does a Gyu-Kaku franchise owner make?

As with any new business, there needs to be a reasonable ROI and net profit potential. The specific franchisee's income and the revenue from a Gyu-Kaku franchise opportunity depends on many factors. One way to validate the potential revenues or profits generated from a Gyu-Kaku franchise investment is to review the franchisor's Item 19 within their FDD. This is called a financial performance representation. This is not required within a franchisor's disclosure and approximately 68% of all franchisors that we have reviewed will disclose financial performance data within Item 19 of their FDD. Some franchisors may provide limited information such as average gross revenues. This type of information is not always helpful to assess profitability for you directly. So review average sales data with caution. As expected, typically earnings and owner's income are correspond to the overall size of the initial investment. The larger the initial investment, the larger profits you could anticipate. Another factor to profitability is based on the number of locations you buy. If you purchase multiple units (typically referred to as Area Development Agreements), you can expect that as you open each additional unit, you will generate more revenue and profits overall. Demand for your products, the labor costs in your city, commercial lease rates and several other variables are important factors in determining your bottom line and your take-home income. Your financial success are associated with the franchise system’s success. Your profits and owner's income is not just reliant on how well your own location operates, you need to assess how well the entire franchise system is operating. Determine how the franchise company makes money and analyze their financial returns.

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How many franchise outlets does Gyu-Kaku franchise system operate?

As of the 2017 Franchise Disclosure Document, there are 20 franchised Gyu-Kaku locations throughout the United States.

Did you know there are over 3,000 franchise opportunities across the United States. More than 80% have less than 10 locations.

Are there any Gyu-Kaku franchises near me?

Based on 2017 FDD data, Gyu-Kaku has franchised locations in 13 states.


Based on our research Gyu-Kaku is growing into new markets and might be available in your city.

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Last Reviewed: 2017

Sector: Full-Service Restaurants

Category: Ethnic

Gyu-Kaku Franchise DATA

Total Investment
$791,093 - $2,120,001
Franchise Fee
Franchise agreement
Initial Term
10 Years
Renewal Term
10 Years
Franchise outlet growth
Ongoing fees
ad fees
# of franchised outlets


Do they provide any initial training and opening assistance?

Yes, they have an initial training program of 350 hours. This includes 46 hours of classroom training, 304 hours of on-the-job training, and N/A hours of online training. In their FDD they outline who's in charge of the training. Unlock to find out more.

Online N/A
On-the-Job 304
Classroom 46
Total 350

Do they offer Territory Protections?

Gyu-Kaku offers territory protections. For an explanation of territory rights, unlock this franchise for more details.

Do they have marketing and technology support in place?

No, Gyu-Kaku does NOT offer comprehensive support for franchisees.

When did they start franchising?

They began franchising in 2008. The average Ethnic franchise began franchising in 2011.

Do they offer financing options?

No, but you can click here to fill out our affordability calculator and understand your financing options.

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