We're serious about food. We want to know you're serious about our business.
Trust us, this isn't about jumping through hoops, it's about making things go as smoothly as possible for you.


Step One

Submit an Inquiry

You submit an inquiry online.

Step Two


Once we have received your inquiry, you will be contacted by a member of our Franchise Development Team, who will give you information regarding the process, ask some follow-up questions and provide you with a copy of our application.

Step Three

Disclosure, Due Diligence

Once we have received your completed application, we will send to you a copy of our Franchise Disclosure Document, which contains pertinent information regarding our company's background, the Charleys franchise system and a copy of the franchise agreement.

Step Four

Field Interviews

After your application has been processed, we will schedule a face-to-face interview between you and member(s) of the Charleys team. These interviews will provide you an opportunity to have your questions answered and aid us in deciding whether you qualify for approval as a Charleys franchisee.

Step Five

Preliminary Approval

Based on our review of your Franchise Application (which includes, among other information, a credit check and background check) and recommendations from the Franchise Development Team, the Franchise Approval Committee will decide whether to grant you preliminary approval.

Step Six

Discovery Day

If you receive preliminary approval, you will be invited to Charleys headquarters in Columbus, Ohio, for a two-day program in which you receive a more in-depth introduction to the Charleys system. You will meet with each department to learn its role in the franchise support system, interview with the Franchise Approval Committee and spend some time "behind the scenes" in one of our Columbus, Ohio locations.

Step Seven

Final Approval and Franchise Agreement

Upon approval by the Franchise Approval Committee, you will sign the Franchise Agreement.

Step Eight

Secure Site/Sign Lease

Depending on your particular circumstances, either before, after or simultaneously with the Franchise Application process, you will choose a site (with our approval) and you will secure such site by negotiating and signing a lease.

Step Nine

Open your Restaurant





What does Charleys look for in a franchisee?

What about financing? How much money do I need to open a Charleys restaurant? Does Charleys offer financing?

What are Charleys franchise fee and royalties?

How much can I make as a Charleys franchisee?

We look for individuals with an entrepreneurial spirit, a strong desire to succeed by being actively involved in the business and a willingness to learn and follow the systems we have developed over many years of experience.

You will typically need $75,000 - $100,00 in liquid assets and a minimum credit score of 700 to qualify for any financing secured by third-party lending sources. Charleys has established professional relationships with both local and national third-party lenders for their potential franchisees to interview.

There is a one-time franchise fee of $24,500 for a single unit. royalties are 6% of gross sales. national advertising is 0.25% of gross sales. franchisees are required to spend 3% of gross sales locally promoting their restaurant.

We are restricted by the Federal Trade Commission and various state franchise sales regulations from providing you with specific profit projections. We will determine your qualification based upon your completed application and then provide you with our Franchise Disclosure Document (FDD). This prospectus contains historical, legal and financial information on Charleys as well as a list of our current franchisees for you to contact.