Hickory River Smokehouse

What Does a Hickory River Smokehouse Opportunity Cost?

Cash Required:$100,000 - $200,000
Net Worth Required:$600,000 - $1,200,000
Total Investment:$100,000 - $200,000

Company Details

Total Units:8
Year Founded:1995
Home Office: Shalimar, FL

About Us

As one of the hottest, up and coming barbecue restaurant franchises in the Midwest, we're generating a lot of interest. And a lot of profit for our franchisees. The food we prepare and serve at Hickory River Smokehouse isn't something just anyone can make (unless they have a commercial-grade smoker and a professional BBQ pitmaster in the neighborhood).

Hickory River Smokehouse is a casual style restaurant chain founded by Brad and Krista Bowman in 1995 to bring authentic Texas-Style barbecue to the Midwest, where Brad grew up. The reason for the Hickory River Smokehouse's success is simple: the franchises consistent focus on flavor, quality and "down home" Texas hospitality. True to its name, each Hickory River Smokehouse features an on-site smokehouse located at the back of the kitchen. Unlike other styles of barbecue concepts around the country, Hickory River applies a special blend of seasonings (known as dry-rub) to their high-quality meats and then slowly smokes them for hours and hours using hickory wood, resulting in one of the most tender, flavored meats in the barbecue restaurant business.

Training and Support

Our initial training program consists of approximately four weeks of on-line, classroom and on-site training at a designated Hickory River Smokehouse location. We suggest that you, your general manager, and at least two additional employees attend and complete our initial training program. In addition, one of our representatives will be at your site for up to 14 days (to be scheduled around your opening). Your training program will be intensive and includes operations training, affiliate marketing and sales training, POP sales training, and POS systems training.

We will assist you with all aspects of your opening, and we will be in attendance. As well, if needed, our advertising agency can work with you to develop a customized marketing strategy to promote your opening in your local market. While the elements of the Grand Opening will ultimately be in your hands, we will provide you with GO guidelines and suggestions to follow; all structured for you to maximize local press opportunities and introduce the business model to the community.


"People ask me how we got involved with Hickory River Smokehouse and I simply say, "We ate there once!" It is simply the best barbecue we have ever tasted and we had to be involved. So we partnered with founders Brad and Krista Bowman to open more Hickory River restaurants. Do yourself and your family a favor today. Get to the closest Hickory River Smokehouse and try it for yourself. We are confident you will agree that it is the best!" - Mike Madigan, Urbana, Decatur and Springfield, IL

"We have always wanted to own our own business. When the opportunity came for us to purchase Hickory River Smokehouse in Tipp City, Ohio we jumped at the chance to do just that – have a business of our own. We knew Hickory River Smokehouse was a successful and unique restaurant franchise opportunity. And what's not to love, the food is amazing and the concept is original and refreshing. Owning a Hickory River Smokehouse franchise was the best decision we have ever made, for our family, our careers, and our future. And business has never been better!" - Dan and Maria Davis Tipp City, Ohio

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Please Note:

Hickory River Smokehouse is currently accepting inquiries from the following states: Ohio, Indiana, Illinois.

Interested parties should have at least $100,000 in liquid capital to invest.

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