FAQs

How long has Donatos been in business?

Donatos was founded in 1963 and we opened our first franchise location in 1991.

What are the general operations hours of a Donatos location?

Our locations are opening from 11am-11pm Sunday through Thursday. Friday and Saturday, locations are open from 11am-12am.

What are the financial qualifications to open a Donatos?

For 1-2 locations, you will need $100K liquid capital and $500K net worth.

For 3+ locations, you will need $200K liquid capital and $850K net worth.

How much does it cost to open a Donatos?

We estimate the initial investment in a Donatos restaurant to range from $361,360 to $697,400.

What is the franchise fee?

The initial franchise fee is $30,000.

What do I get with the franchise fee?

The fee covers your training, plans for building out your location, access to our systems, technology, operational support and more.

How long do the franchise agreements last?

The franchise agreements last for 20 years.

What are the royalty fees?

Each locations pays 5% toward royalty fees and up to 4% of net sales toward the National Marketing Fund. The current National Marketing Fund contribution is set at 1%.

Do you help me find a location?

Yes. Our network of restaurants manages over 15 million transactions per year so we know a lot about our customers and where to find them. Our market and site selection software using our customer information gathered from transactions to help you select the Best Block.

What type of square footage do you look for?

Typically, we look for locations within commercial strip centers with 2,000 square feet to accommodate 25 to 35 seats.

What type of training do you provide?

We provide training for Franchise Partners, General Managers, and Managers-in-Training. This training is done on-the-job at a Donatos location. There is also online training available for Associates.