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10 Famous Restaurant Franchise Chains in Australia

10 Famous Restaurant Franchise Chains in Australia

10 Famous Restaurant Franchise Chains in Australia

10 Famous Restaurant Franchise Chains in Australia

In our bid to help you keep tabs on the franchise business opportunities in Australia, we have curated for you a list of the 10 Famous Restaurant Franchise chains in Australia.

We are continuing this series of lists with the spirit of giving you a leg up in your endeavours to own a small business.

This series of top franchises in Australia will hopefully serve you in two ways:

  • Provide a list of franchises worth owning
  • Get inspired to start your own small business or start franchising your existing small business

But before diving into the list, let’s have an overview of Australia’s food and restaurant industry.

This will give you a fair idea of the profit and growth prospects of the restaurant industry.

While the line between fast food and not-so-fast food restaurants is blurring quite rapidly, we’ve tried to include only those restaurant chains in the list that focus on providing a great dining out experience to their customers with fresher ingredients and well-prepared meals.

Taco Bill - Top Restaurant Franchises in Australia

Key Information

Founded in 

1967

Headquarters 

Queensland, Australia

Franchising Units

30+

Franchising Costs

$252,000 – $580,000

Overview of the Restaurant

Taco Bill is the oldest restaurant chain serving traditional Mexican cuisine in Australia. 

The restaurant is named after its owner, Bill Chilcote, whose interest in Mexican food peaked when he married his Mexican wife, whose family owned food bars and canteens.

The restaurant serves a wide range of Mexican food, including nachos, tacos, tortillas, quesadillas, fajitas, and burritos.

It was the first restaurant to introduce now-so-loved Mexican dishes in Australia. (Source: Restaurant’s Official Website)

La Porchetta - Top Restaurant Franchises in Australia

Key Information

Founded in 

1985

Headquarters 

Victoria, Australia

Franchising Units

48

Franchising Costs

$600,000 (Source: Official Website)

Overview of the Restaurant

La Porchetta (pronounced as la por ketta in Italian) is one of the biggest Italian cuisine restaurant chains in both Australia and New Zealand.

The restaurant began in 1985 when Italian-born Rocco Pantaleo and Felica Nania bought a pizza parlour with the same name.

The fame of the authentic Italian pizza parlour soon spread far and wide and the restaurant currently has around 48 franchises in Australia and New Zealand.

The Famous Australian Restaurant Chain is one of Australia’s Most Popular Pizza and Pasta Franchise Chains.

Grill’d - Top Restaurant Franchises in Australia

Key Information

Founded in 

1985

Headquarters 

Victoria, Australia 

Franchising Units

150+

Franchising Costs

Starting from $546,000 plus GST 

(Source: Official Website)

Overview of the Restaurant

Grill’d is an Australian-owned casual dining restaurant chain that now has a global presence and boasts more than 150 franchises.

The restaurant has come to be recognized as championing various causes, including supporting multiple local communities based on its customers’ votes and evolving its menu based on sustainability goals.

The Popular Australian Burger Fast Food Franchise brand claims it is not a fast food restaurant merely because it serves burgers.

The restaurant calls its burgers “guilt-free”, which is quite an exciting marketing strategy.

Guzman y Gomez - Top Restaurant Franchises in Australia

Key Information

Founded in 

2006

Headquarters 

New South Wales, Australia 

Franchising Units

151

Franchising Costs

$1 million – $1.5 million (Source: Official Website)

Overview of the Restaurant

One of the fastest-growing Mexican restaurant franchises in Australia, Guzman y Gomez, or simply GYG, was launched in 2006 and now operates over 150 restaurants in the country.

Not only this, but the restaurant also has an international presence.

The restaurant was launched by Steve Marks, a New Yorker and ex-hedge fund manager, who felt poorly about the quality of Mexican food in Australia.

So, he decided to launch his Mexican cuisine restaurant by joining forces with his New Yorker friend, Rober Hazan.

GYG’s success is truly exceptional, and it is reflected by its huge employee strength (almost 7,000, according to the official website) and global presence (more than 170 restaurants worldwide).

Bucking Bull - Top Restaurant Franchises in Australia

Key Information

Founded in 

1999

Headquarters 

Brisbane, Australia 

Franchising Units

40

Franchising Costs

$150,000 – $400,000 (Source: Official Website)

Overview of the Restaurant

Bucking Bull is known for its slow-cooked beef, pork, and lamb meat products.

Founded in 1999, this Australian restaurant franchise claims to be Australia’s favourite boutique carvery—a buffet or restaurant offering cooked meat carved as requested.

The restaurant offers its prospective franchisees a robust and well-recognized franchise system with award-winning best practices models.

Hog’s Breath Cafe - Top Restaurant Franchises in Australia

Key Information

Founded in 

1989

Headquarters 

Cleveland, Australia

Franchising Units

47

Franchising Costs

$800,000 – $1 million  (Source: Home Loan Expert)

Overview of the Restaurant

Known for its 18-hour slow-cooked Prime Rib steak and Curly Fries, Hog’s Breath Cafe is in business since 1989.

And while championing the best meat dishes, it still caters to the needs of vegetarian customers as well to provide a wholesome experience to all family members regardless of their food preferences.

The restaurant, while remaining true to its traditional roots, claims not to shy away from experimenting with modern dishes and fresh ingredients.

For its franchisees, the restaurant offers a distinct culture, unique business philosophy, and world-class training and ongoing support.

Mad Mex Fresh Mexican Grill - Top Restaurant Franchises in Australia

Key Information

Founded in 

2007

Headquarters 

Sydney

Franchising Units

70

Franchising Costs

$375,000 – $450,000

Overview of the Restaurant

Mad Mex Fresh Mexican Grill, or simply Mad Mex is an Australian-origin multinational food chain serving Mexican cuisine with the convenience of fast food.

Mad Mex was voted the best Mexican restaurant nationwide in the Lifestyle Food Awards. (Source: Restaurant’s Official Website)

The owner puts out an interesting philosophy behind its restaurant on its official website. As per their claim, the owner wanted to provide their customers “a fast meal with home-cooked quality, made entirely of real ingredients”.

Oporto - Top Restaurant Franchises in Australia

Key Information

Founded in 

1986

Headquarters 

New South Wales, Australia

Franchising Units

180

Franchising Costs

$350,000 – $700,000 (Source: Official Website

Overview of the Restaurant

A subsidiary of Craveable Brands, Oporto is a Portuguese-theme restaurant that specializes in Portuguese-style chicken and burgers.

After its founding in 1986, Oporto’s first franchise was launched in 1995 and was soon named the fastest-growing franchise in Australia. (Source: Wikipedia)

With quite a significant presence within the country, the brand also boasts more than 100 restaurants globally and is looking to expand its business to the hitherto untouched Middle Eastern region as well.

Cold Rock Ice Creamery - Top Restaurant Franchises in Australia

Key Information

Founded in 

1996

Headquarters 

Melbourne, Australia 

Franchising Units

120

Franchising Costs

$110,000 and upward (Source: Commercial Real Estate

Overview of the Restaurant

Well, this is a twist in the list, isn’t it?

An ice cream parlour?

Yes. We thought it appropriate that, with so much talk of meat and roasted chicken, a one-of-a-kind ice cream franchise would be a welcome addition.

The parlour was launched in Australia in 1996 and currently has a 120-plus strong network of franchises nationwide.

Cold Rock sells its ice cream as cups, cones, loaded shakes, or ice cream cakes. It offers its customers over 30,000 combos to choose from. (Source: Official Website)

The Coffee Club - Top Restaurant Franchises in Australia

Key Information

Founded in 

1989

Headquarters 

Queensland, Australia

Franchising Units

300

Franchising Costs

$450,000 and upward

Overview of the Restaurant

The Coffee Club is an Australian multinational coffeehouse-style cafe chain with an expanded restaurant-style menu and full table service.

The cafe was founded in 1989 with the aim to provide “an excellent coffee”.

The founding of the cafe was inspired by two friends’ search for a late-night coffee place in Brisbane which had ended in disappointment. 

The pair (Emmanuel Kokoris and Emmanuel Drivas) decided to launch their own coffeehouse, which rested on the Greek concept of ‘philoxenia’, meaning hospitality to strangers. (Source: Queensland Business Leaders)

That finished our list of the top 10 restaurant franchises in Australia. We hope that you enjoyed the information provided in the list.

Stay connected for more such lists in the future as well.