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It’s true: fast casual is the hottest segment in the restaurant category, and it’s showing no signs of slowing down. Here at Sauce on the Side, we’re looking for partners to help us own a very specific part of it – calzones.

If you have the passion and drive to help us work toward nationwide Calzone Supremacy, we’d love to have you part of our team. Of course we don’t have to tell you it’s hard work – but our proven system will give you the tools you need to be successful.

Interested in joining the fold? We’re ready to talk.

Fill out our Franchise Inquiry Form

Have questions? Get in touch with our Franchise Manager, Al Genovese at 314-971-4282.

Are you a good fit?

We’re looking for franchisees (no restaurant experience required!) who:

• Are focused on executing on our brand standards

• Have proven leadership experience building strong teams

• Have at least $600k net worth, and $250k in liquid assets.

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What is a typical size of a Sauce On The Side restaurant?

The ideal size ranges from 2,000 – 3,000 sq. ft.

What is the typical cost?

Our Franchise Disclosure Document (FDD) lists a range of $315k – $531K

What are the franchise fees?

There franchise fee is $35k. There is also a royalty fee of 5% and advertising fee of 1%.

What is the financial requirements?

You and your partners must have a minimum of $600k net worth and $250k in liquid assets.

Is there a training program?

Our training program lasts 5 weeks. A total of 67 hrs classroom and 133 on the job.

Should I have a location selected?

You should be familiar with your trade area. We strongly suggest that you work with a qualified commercial leasing agent. We will provide a location criteria list.

Can I secure a territory?

It would depend on your qualifications and financial resources.

Am I required to be involved in operating the restaurant?

You or a designated partner (who owns a minimum of 10%) must be involved in operating the restaurant in a full-time capacity.

How long does it take to open a Sauce On The Side restaurant?

Once the location has been approved, it generally takes about 6-8 months.

What are the next steps?

To begin the franchise evaluation process, please fill out and submit the Franchise Inquiry Form. If you meet our preliminary criteria, you will be asked to submit a formal franchise application and signed confidentiality form. Upon receipt, we will schedule a conference call to answer questions and to help you understand our concept better. Afterwards, should there be a fit, we will email our FDD (Franchise Disclosure Document) to you and schedule a face-to-face meeting.

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  • And now, tell us a little about what you're planning.

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“Man o man this calzone was amazing!!!!!!!! It was like eating a soft garlic knot filled with love and gooey gooey goodness! I’m going back super soon! ”
– Yelp review

“The owners believe in all ingredients being as fresh as possible, made in house, and sourced from local suppliers.”
– Yelp Review

“Nice staff. Clean. Cool atmosphere. A definite winner and plenty of options and amazing salads too!”
– Yelp review

“The owners believe in all ingredients being as fresh as possible, made in house, and sourced from local suppliers.”
– Yelp Review

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