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WHAT MAKES A RUSSO NEW YORK PIZZERIA ITALIAN KITCHEN FRANCHISE BETTER THAN OTHER CHAINS?
Our chef Anthony Russo has created a recipe using his family tradition since 1942, making pizza the old-fashioned way. If you can't make it fresh, don't serve, the family secret has been chef Russo's family promise. Our franchise model is a proven concept that works. It starts with the food using fresh premium ingredients, from house-made pizza sauce to homemade pizza dough hand-rolled and baked in a brick oven is what separates us from fast-food pizza chains. There is no pre-made sauce in the box at Russo. We make every item fresh daily, and consumers can taste the difference. This is a truly authentic way of making New York-style pizza the old-fashioned way, fresh to order.
DO I NEED PREVIOUS RESTAURANT EXPERIENCE TO OWN A RUSSO'S NEW YORK PIZZERIA & ITALIAN KITCHEN?
Our chef-driven training program is designed for anyone to learn our family tradition of making authentic New York-style pizza for Franchise owners and operators; however, prior restaurant experience is strongly recommended as the Owner/Operator method is preferred. A good option is to hire a general manager with restaurant experience.
WHAT ARE THE FINANCIAL REQUIREMENTS?
Your total net worth should exceed $550,000 of which $195,000 is liquid.
HOW MUCH IS THE INITIAL FRANCHISE FEE?
The initial franchise fee is currently $35,000, payable at the time the Franchise Agreement is signed.
HOW LONG DOES MY FRANCHSIE AGREEMENT LAST?
The initial Franchise Agreement term is 10years, renewable in accordance with the current Franchise Agreement.
DO YOU OFFER ANY TYPE OF FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE?
Russo’s New York pizzeria Italian kitchen does not provide financing, however we are associated with and can direct you to several lending institutions or SBA lenders.
WHO IS RESPONSIBLE FOR FINDING A LOCATION?
We will assist you in all aspects of site location from demographic analysis to the physical attributes of the location, and we will be happy to evaluate locations you may have a particular interest in.
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO BUILD THE STORE?
Once the space is turned over from the landlord the typical build-out is 8 to 12 weeks.
WHAT IS THE STANDARD SIZE OF A STORE?
The carryout location is 1,200 feet. The standard size of a sit-down casual Italian kitchen location is 1800- 3500 sq feet.
WHAT ARE THE GROWTH OPPORTUNITIES THAT SEPARATES YOU FROM OTHER PIZZA FRANCHISE?
We have a competitive edge over any other pizza chain in today's marketplace. We designed our floor plan to operate with fewer employees and have additional menu items to drive more sales with a massive return to your bottom line.

Dine-in counter service with flex dine-in table service, delivery opportunities include pizza and an entire menu. Catering opportunities for daypart business trade area offering pasta catering trays to drive additional sales

Take the opportunity to call ahead and place your order for an easy pick-up, not just pizza but gourmet salads, pasta, soups, gluten-free items, and vegan options with halal pizza toppings.
WHAT ARE RUSSO'S AVERAGE STORE SALES?
Our business model and menu item are unique from any other pizza chain in today's marketplace. We have menu items that cater to the whole family, from gluten-free to vegan options. Our average store sales are 1.1 million, and our store sales exceed our competition.
"IF IT ISN'T Fresh  DON'T SERVE IT"
THAT'S THE RUSSO'S Family Promise

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*The following data involves historic performance information for Domestic Restaurants corporate- or affiliate-owned, open and operating under effective Franchise Agreements by the same franchisee for fiscal year 2021. There are 35 franchised domestic Russo’s New York Pizzeria Restaurants operating under effective Franchise Agreements as of December 31, 2021. 30 of which had been open for 12 months or longer. The following results include (a) the average Gross Sales for the 24 Domestic Russo’s New York Pizzeria Restaurants that were franchisee owned, open, and operated for fiscal 2021. (b) The cash flows for the FOUR (4) company-owned Russo’s New York Pizzeria Restaurants operated for fiscal year ended December 31, 2021. Because we do not maintain the accounting records of our franchisees, we are unable to make any representation to the reliability of the financial data provided by franchised Restaurants.
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