Old Chicago generated $254 million in system-wide revenue in 2015, a record for the chain. Its prototype restaurant is a 5,000 square feet eatery with an additional 1,000 to 1,200 square feet of outdoor patio space.
The company is seeking multi-unit operators “with business, management and food-service and/or restaurant experience, and a passion for and commitment to exceptional customer service,” according to a release.
In a follow-up email response to questions from this news outlet, a spokeswoman for Old Chicago Pizza described the financial requirements of a prospective franchise owner:
"The total investment necessary to begin operation of a franchised Old Chicago Restaurant is $1.3 million to $2 million" per unit, not including the cost of the land. "Old Chicago requires a minimum deal of three units or more. There is a one-time development fee of $50,000. When a restaurant location is determined, the franchisee will pay Old Chicago Franchising LLC an Initial Franchise Fee of $40,000." For information about franchise opportunities, visit www.ocfranchising.com.
MOD Pizza confirms 1st Dayton-area restaurant will open in Englewood
News of Old Chicago’s potential expansion comes amid a pizza wars of sorts in the Dayton area. An entirely new segment of “fast-casual” pizza restaurants that didn’t exist in the Dayton area until about a year ago have targeted the region: Kettering-based Rapid Fired Pizza has opened a half-dozen Dayton-area locations since September 2015 and has four more in the works, plus dozens more in various stages of negotiation or development across southwest and west-central Ohio; Cleveland-based PizzaFire has opened its first location on Far Hills Drive in Kettering; and Seattle-based MOD Pizza has restaurants in the works in Englewood and at the Cornerstone of Centerville development.
All of those pizza chains share a build-your-own service concept that allows diners to customize their toppings and watch their pies baked in a blazing-hot oven in three minutes or less. Old Chicago serves what appears to be a thicker pie than the fast-casual restaurants and offers table service.