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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

How much money can I make?

Russo’s NY Pizzeria & Italian Kitchen is bound by legal restrictions from making any projections regarding earnings, sales, or profits for any of our locations. Nevertheless, we meticulously gather and disclose average unit sales data from the most recent full fiscal year in operation in Item 19 of our Franchise Disclosure Document (FDD). It’s crucial to note that financial performance can significantly differ based on various factors, including how franchisees oversee day-to-day operations and finances, as well as location-specific elements such as occupancy, costs, labor, and sales potential.

When can I expect to reach break-even and profitability?

The timeframe for results varies depending on the location, market dynamics, and the management style of franchisees. Like all franchise businesses, we adhere to Federal Trade Commission regulations that prohibit us from making predictions about earnings or profitability.

How much does it cost to open a Russo’s NY Pizzeria & Italian Kitchen?

Startup expenses can fluctuate significantly depending on factors such as the store size, building age, and regional regulations. The total initial investment, encompassing the franchise fee and working capital, falls between $429,250 to $1,501,000, as outlined in Item 7 of our latest Franchise Disclosure Document (FDD). To obtain your complimentary copy of our FDD, kindly complete the form provided on this page.

What are the financial requirements for a Russo’s NY Pizzeria & Italian Kitchen?

To qualify as a franchise candidate, it’s essential to possess a minimum net worth of $550,000 and maintain at least $250,000 in liquidity. Additionally, a favorable credit score and solid credit history are prerequisites.

What is the franchise fee?

The franchise fee ranges from $35,000 to $45,000 per unit. We are pleased to extend a 50% discount, resulting in a $15,000 reduction on the initial fee for qualified Veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces.

What is the royalty fee?

Russo’s NY Pizzeria & Italian Kitchen charges a royalty fee of 6% based on your adjusted gross sales.

How is the average size of Russo’s NY Pizzeria & Italian Kitchen location?
Typically, restaurant sizes range from 950 to 3,500 square feet. We are dedicated to collaborating with you to create a tailored floor plan that maximizes the potential of your space.
Did you assist with site selection?
Our real estate team will furnish you with general site selection criteria and offer guidance as you navigate the process of choosing the perfect location for your restaurant.
Will I be involved in development and construction? And, is multi-unit development an option?
Absolutely! We enthusiastically support qualified franchisees who wish to expand with multiple locations. Furthermore, we extend military discounts and provide a reduction in the franchise fee for those making multi-unit investments.
How many employees will I need?
A standard Russo’s NY Pizzeria & Italian Kitchen typically employs between 10 and 15 part-time staff members. While owners commonly recruit a restaurant manager, numerous franchisees opt to oversee restaurant operations themselves. For multi-unit franchisees, expanding restaurant organizations are often established to manage their growing restaurant operations

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Benefits of Owning a Russo’s

Strong unit-level economics: Benefit from high margins with $1,134,000 average unit sales with a low start-up costs of $150,000.

Proven Business Model: Benefit from standardized processes, recipes, and operational guidelines, reducing the risks of starting from scratch.

Training and Support: Benefit from invaluable training and ongoing support from our experienced team, ideal for newcomers to the restaurant industry.

Marketing and Advertising Support: Benefit from marketing and advertising support within our franchise system, driving brand awareness and attracting customers to your location.

Access to Suppliers and Resources: Benefit from pre-negotiated suppliers, leading to cost savings and streamlined logistics for sourcing ingredients and resources.

Potential for Growth: Benefit from multi-unit ownership opportunities to expand your business and geographic reach as a successful franchisee.

Six Steps to Join the Russo's Family

1

Request for Consideration Form:

Franchise candidates review Russo’s New York Pizzeria and Italian Kitchen franchise information packet, then submit the completed confidential application to the corporate office.

2

Franchise Disclosure:

The approved candidate receives the Franchise Disclosure Document (FDD) for review within 14 days, followed by payment of the franchise fee.

3

Discovery Day:

Pre-qualified prospective franchisees are invited to visit the corporate office.

4

Site Selection:

The Russo’s team will review site guidelines and assess if the requested location’s demographics, region, and marketplace align with our criteria.

5

Training and Development:

Your training and orientation will be conducted in Houston, Texas, covering front-of-house and back-of-house operations, processes, and procedures.

6

Grand Opening:

Our operations team will support you throughout your new store opening, assisting with delivery, kitchen setup, staff training, and ensuring a successful grand opening!

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