Starting a Camille's Sidewalk Cafe

The Camille's sidewalk cafe is a hop and trendy restaurant franchise that offers an extensive menu consisting of gourmet pizzas, sandwiches, salads, paninis, wraps and a wide variety of smoothies and coffee.

Camille's sidewalk cafe specializes in quality and healthy dining for on the go customers.

With its main branch at Tulsa, Oklahoma, the company currently has more than 107 franchise locations to date and with more than 900 in development, and all available in 35 states. It was founded by David Rutkauskas and his wife Camille in 1996 and has since offered the nation excellent services with healthy dining. It is because of this that in 1998 the company has decided to open its doors to the world and provide other business enthusiasts with franchise opportunities, in 1998.

People nowadays prefer the quick and easy service that Camille’s sidewalk cafe is sure to provide you. This is what makes restaurant businesses of this type so popular as well as highly profitable. The menu aims not only to satisfy the customers palate but also provide a healthy and fulfilling meal that is worth every penny and more so. There is also a wide array of cakes and pastries to choose from and the menu just keeps on growing. The support team will regularly notify franchise owners of updates on their services and products which will keep customers not only coming back for more, but highly interested in the changing and diverse menu that the Camille’s sidewalk cafe has to offer.

Qualifications for applicants include the total investment of at least $223,500 to $589,500, an initial franchising fee of $30,000, and an on going royalty fee of 6% with a term of agreement renewable at 20 years. Other qualifications include a net worth requirement of $300,000, a cash liquidity requirement of $50,000 and business experience such as industry experience, basic and general business management skills and marketing skills.

As per operations, 95% of all franchisees own more than one unit and an initial franchise unit requires at least 30 employees to run. Absentee ownership of franchise is allowed as 50% of the current franchisees are owners or operators.

After application of the franchise and its approval, the applicant will be called in for training at the headquarters for 2 to 3 weeks. After the site selection and set up of the franchisee’s location, training will continue on location for 2 to 3 days. The franchise system is inclusive of facility planning and design, fixture and equipment specifications, leasehold improvements and negotiations, corporate training sessions, workflow design and national contracts with goods and services suppliers. Ongoing support is available through support from members of the Training and Operations team, constant profitability updates, regular newsletters, the toll free phone line, assistance at the grand opening, internet assistance, purchasing cooperatives and field operations and evaluations. Marketing support includes co-op advertising and ad slicks.


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