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What is the typical size of your restaurants?

Mellow Mushrooms range from 5,000-6,000 square feet. Our restaurants occupy free-standing buildings, end-cap spaces in shopping centers and especially unique/historic spaces.

How does Mellow Mushroom help with financing?

We have relationships with a number of financial institutions which can help facilitate your financing needs.

How much does it cost to open a store?

The total investment necessary to begin operation of a Mellow Mushroom® restaurant franchise ranges from $1,408,000 -$2,136,500 if you lease shell premises for the Restaurant, $1,493,000 -$2,266,500 if you lease premises for the Restaurant that must be retrofit, and from $2,351,000 -$4,008,500 if you buy the real estate This includes the Franchise Fee and Art Package, as well as all furniture, fixtures and equipment. A full breakdown can be viewed here.

How long is the training?

The franchisee training program is eight weeks: three weeks here in Atlanta, three weeks in a training location, and another two weeks at your store when you open.

What training and support will I receive?

HGI offers training for the Franchisee and Senior Management team prior to opening, and trains the entire opening staff in the week leading up to your grand opening. You will not learn any cool mind tricks, but by the time we are done with you, you and your staff will be Jedi Masters. The course for franchisees takes a minimum of Six weeks and is led by Shroom University's experienced trainers and store operators, comprised of Three weeks of training at our HQ in Atlanta and Three weeks of training in a certified training location. Franchisees who want to learn more, like the cool Jedi mind tricks, can elect to extend their training by working at a live site for an additional week or more. Our trainers will also spend two weeks on site at your Mellow beginning the week before your open. We will train your entire staff, front of house, kitchen, and managers, and stay at your location to assist with the first week of operations. After this initial training, marketing and operations help are available on demand, and we will also visit your store periodically to offer further support.

Can I pick my own architect?

With talented architects throughout the country, the franchisee has an opportunity to submit an architect to HGI for approval. Additionally if the a local architect cannot be identified, we have a database of Mellow architects that travel.

Do you select my interior designer?

We only use architects that have in house interior design.

Can I be my own general contractor?

No.

Do you select my general contractor?

No; you will select three GCs for the bidding process. We will review the bids together and come to a consensus decision on who to use. If desired, we can recommend a national GC for comparative purposes.

What is the food cost percentage?

The food cost percentage varies from store to store and is dependent on pricing as well as operational practices. A great store runs a food cost percentage between 26-28%.

How long does it take to open a Mellow?

Depends. Finding the right site for your Mellow is one of the most important elements in this process, and sometimes it can take a while to find the best possible location. That being said, once a site is selected, 8-12 months.

How does Mellow Mushroom help with financing?

We have relationships with a number of financial institutions which can help facilitate your financing needs.

What is the typical size of your restaurants?

Mellow Mushrooms range from 5,000-6,000 square feet. Our restaurants occupy free-standing buildings, end-cap spaces in shopping centers and especially unique/historic spaces.

How much does it cost to open a store?

The total investment necessary to begin operation of a Mellow Mushroom® restaurant franchise ranges from $1,408,000 -$2,136,500 if you lease shell premises for the Restaurant, $1,493,000 -$2,266,500 if you lease premises for the Restaurant that must be retrofit, and from $2,351,000 -$4,008,500 if you buy the real estate This includes the Franchise Fee and Art Package, as well as all furniture, fixtures and equipment. A full breakdown can be viewed here.

How long is the training?

The franchisee training program is eight weeks: three weeks here in Atlanta, three weeks in a training location, and another two weeks at your store when you open.

What training and support will I receive?

HGI offers training for the Franchisee and Senior Management team prior to opening, and trains the entire opening staff in the week leading up to your grand opening. You will not learn any cool mind tricks, but by the time we are done with you, you and your staff will be Jedi Masters. The course for franchisees takes a minimum of Six weeks and is led by Shroom University's experienced trainers and store operators, comprised of Three weeks of training at our HQ in Atlanta and Three weeks of training in a certified training location. Franchisees who want to learn more, like the cool Jedi mind tricks, can elect to extend their training by working at a live site for an additional week or more. Our trainers will also spend two weeks on site at your Mellow beginning the week before your open. We will train your entire staff, front of house, kitchen, and managers, and stay at your location to assist with the first week of operations. After this initial training, marketing and operations help are available on demand, and we will also visit your store periodically to offer further support.