Best Restaurants to Franchise: Two Restaurant Segments Taking Off 

The restaurant industry has been through a lot in the last couple of years. It may seem like a risk to investment in a restaurant, but there are a few that have proven to weather the storms of economic change. If you’re interested in starting or expanding your business portfolio, don’t shy away from restaurant opportunities. If you’re trying to determine which are the best restaurants to franchise, we’ve got a few options for you. 


Despite the pain of the pandemic shutdowns in the restaurant industry, the segments that are performing the best are fast-casual and quick service restaurants. These models not only survived but thrived during the downturn because they were able to adapt to the ever-changing climate.  

Providing safe service with drive thru, online ordering apps, curbside pick-up, carryout, and delivery options made both fast-casual and quick service restaurants the shining stars of the restaurant industry. Even in the wake of COVID-19, these service modes have become well-oiled parts in the restaurant machine and found their place as a permanent component in the model. After all, necessity is the mother of invention.  

Convenience, adaptability, and technology are the key factors creating success in the quick service restaurant and fast-casual segments. Franchise brands in these emerging segments are among the best restaurants to franchise, with sales anticipated to hit $931 billion according to Business Wire.  

What also makes fast-casual and quick service restaurants an ideal investment is the range of startup costs throughout the industry. While there are some more expensive franchise opportunities, there are a number of more affordable restaurant franchises, allowing for all levels of entrepreneurship.  


Scooter’s Coffee® is a leader in the coffee industry. As a rapidly growing drive-thru coffee franchise, we provide the best quality product to our customers with our compact coffee kiosk model. Our strategy focuses on speed of service. The more cars we get through our drive-thru, the more our franchisees can capitalize on their investment. Our kiosks only require about 6-8 employees and our top-notch training ensures everyone knows how to make our specialty coffees to our standards.  

However, we do have more than just our great tasting coffees on our menu. Our locations also serve blenders, smoothies, teas, and delicious food items. Having a diverse menu allows our franchisees to create multiple revenue streams, which is key when building a successful business.  

With products that appeal to a wide audience coupled with the flexibility to be innovative in a changing economic landscape, coffee drive-thru franchises are a necessity to your business portfolio. Our system coffee sales are promising, with an average unit volume (AUV) of $1,179,980* and a 26.29% net profit margin*, Scooter’s Coffee is one of the best restaurants to franchise.  

To own Scooter’s Coffee, franchise candidates are required to have a net worth of $500,000 and at least $200,000 in liquid capital. The initial investment range to build a Scooter’s Coffee drive-thru kiosk is between $794,000 and $1,264,500. This includes our franchise fee of $40,000. 

Our team of industry professionals provide full support to new franchisees through the entire build out process. From site selection and construction to marketing and product innovation, we ensure high-quality support from the moment you sign. 


Having opened our 300th store at the end of 2020, and then our 400th by the end of 2021, Scooter’s Coffee is experiencing remarkable growth. With our sights set on 600 stores by the end of this year, it’s no wonder our brand is one of the best restaurants to franchise with.. We have a proven business model, a delicious product, and national name brand recognition.  

Think you want to open one of our next stores? To learn more about our franchise opportunity, fill out this form, and one of our representatives will be in touch.  

*This is historical representation of what some of our franchisees have earned as described further in Item 19 of the FDD. This information is based upon the top 43 of 172 Drive-Thru Kiosks that were open during the entire 2021 calendar year and provided complete information. Of these 31 Drive-Thru Kiosks that compile the top quartile: (1) 17 of them (or 40%) had an AUV that met or exceeded $1,179,980, (2) 19 of them (or 44%) had a Net Profit Margin and EBITDA that met or exceeded the average. Your results may differ. There is no assurance that you will sell or earn as much. See Item 19 of the FDD for more information. 

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