DQ Grill & Chill

The Dairy Queen DQ Grill & Chill® concept offers a total food service program, featuring our full line of famous DQ treat products and a food menu. Franchise opportunities are available in select markets across the United States.

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What Does a DQ Grill & Chill Franchise Cost?

To buy a franchise with DQ Grill & Chill, you'll need to have at least $400,000 in liquid capital. *

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Financial requirements for this franchise:
Liquid Capital:$400,000
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Options available to Franchisees:
Financing:Not Available

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DQ Grill & Chill Franchise Information:

The DQ Grill & Chill® restaurant is our flagship concept. This concept offers a total food service program, featuring the full line of our famous DQ® treat products and a full food menu. These restaurants are designed to feature food offerings while maintaining our DQ treat heritage. The interior is warm and inviting – different from, and better than the typical quick-service restaurant. Franchise opportunities are available in select markets across the United States. Location opportunities include: Conversions of existing buildings, freestanding stores, strip centers, and dual use buildings.

Our basic requirements for new franchisees include a review of your background, work experience, and financial capabilities. In general, we are looking for investors or individuals who have the following:

  • prior retail or foodservice ownership or management experience
  • a proposed management plan
  • the financial resources necessary to develop and operate the restaurant
  • a passion for building the DQ brand

Following is a breakdown of the current financial requirements for a DQ Grill & Chill restaurant:

  • Minimum Net Worth:
  • Liquid Assets:
  • On-going Royalties:
  • On-going Sales Promotion Fee:
  • Term of Franchise Agreement:
4% of sales
20 years w/10 year renewal option

Following is the estimated project cost for a standard, free standing, DQ Grill & Chill restaurant (excluding land). The actual cost associated with a specific project may vary from these ranges. For information on additional costs that may be incurred, please refer to our Franchise Disclosure Document

  • Initial Franchise Fee:
  • Site Improvement:
  • Construction Cost:
  • Equipment Cost:
  • Working Capital:
$200,000 - $400,000
$400,000 - $600,000
$295,000 - $370,000

This information is intended to provide you with a brief synopsis of a DQ Grill & Chill project. Opportunities for development exist that could vary from the typical project.


"The DQ Grill & Chill concept really fits the franchisee who wants to feel pride in what they do. A DQ Grill & Chill restaurant has the potential for every customer to leave satisfied. There is comfort in knowing that DQ has been around so long. DQ Grill & Chill is the next generation of that same success story."

Ron Kraus
DQ Grill & Chill® Franchisee
Fort Myers, FL

Development opportunities with DQ have never been greater!

Please note this franchise is currently not accepting inquiries from CO, HI, IA, ID, MN, MT, NC, ND, NE, NJ, NM, NV, OH, OR, SD, UT, VA, WA, WI and WY or from outside the United States. Interested parties should have at least $400,000 to invest.

*This franchise is eligible to offer expedited loan processing through the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). Franchise Gator does not guarantee the accuracy of this information or accept any other liability in connection with this information.

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DQ Grill & Chill is currently accepting inquiries from the following states:

Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, New Hampshire, New York, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, West Virginia

Interested parties should have at least $400,000 in liquid capital to invest.

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* This information may have changed since first published. We recommend that you always verify fees, investment amounts, and offers with the business opportunity directly prior to making a decision to invest.