Frequently Asked Questions

The royalty at Black Bear Diner is 4.5% of net sales, paid weekly.

Currently, the marketing fee is 1% of net sales. This fee covers marketing expenses for the overall brand — including, but not limited to, traditional major media support and digital marketing support (social media, eClub support, Grand Opening support, graphic design services, in-store promotional materials, etc.). We also provide ongoing consultation in support of your local marketing efforts.

To join the Black Bear Diner franchise, you’ll need to have $500,000 in liquid capital and a minimum net worth of $1,500,000.

The cost will vary greatly due to the type of building, size, and regional restrictions. You will find our average costs of build-out in our FDD under item 17.

Black Bear Diner does not provide financial performance representation in our FDD (item 19). However, profitability will depend on the franchisee’s ability to manage the day-to-day operations and finances, as well as factors specific to each location, such as occupancy, minimum wage/labor costs, and local utilities. To learn more, we encourage you to contact our current franchise partners during your due diligence process. Their names and contact information are listed in our FDD.

After the lease is executed, the drawings, permitting, and construction will take six to nine months.

No. However, each Black Bear Diner must, at all times, have a full-time qualified, experienced manager. You should be responsible for managing and controlling your business on a daily basis or hire an experienced operations manager to do so.

Black Bear Diner still values the owner/operator. Where it makes strategic sense, we will still sign single-unit franchise agreements. For those seeking to open more than one Black Bear Diner and sign a development agreement, you or a member of your team will need to have experience in restaurant multi-unit operations.