Franchise: +130 concepts to watch

Franchise: +130 concepts to watch

HN takes you on a whistle-stop tour of 130+ successful food concepts in the Middle East and beyond, reaffirming what we already knew – that the franchise model is as powerful today as ever.


With over 80 outlets, this western-style
coffee shop serves gourmet coffee,
beverages, fresh sandwiches, salads, pastries and desserts.

Gigi Burger Bar
This modern resto-bar is a go-to for traditional burgers, hors d’oeuvres and draft beers.

Grand Café
The Grand Café boasts an open-air setting,stunningly scenic views, high-quality beverages and grilled platters.

Fusing Japanese precision with Peruvian flair, Izakaya offers a unique culinary journey.

Providing quality artisan food, Ovio’s menu includes fresh bread, delicious pastries and flavorsome dishes inspired by a European heritage.

The Four Fat Ladies
This all-American gourmet bakery offers a wide range of products that are free from preservatives, artificial fats, sugar substitutes and other additives.

The Smokery
High quality fine dining is what you’ll find at The Smokery, a restaurant that boasts some of the finest smoked salmon in the world on its menu.

This colorful Cairo-based chain serves up Egyptian street food.


A Noste
Urban and country-style cuisine is what
you’ll find at A Noste, a restaurant that’s
deeply loyal to its roots.

Brut Butcher
If you want to enjoy a burger in a butcher shop, this is the place to go.

Duck Me
Duck Me is the first fast-food concept that offers local products made from duck meat, reinterpreted around street food.

Chef Gaston Acurio’s Peruvian restaurant and bar in Paris, Manko, is a well-known spot.

Rice Trotters
Michelin-star chef Anthony Boucher’s
restaurant pays homage to his travels to
exotic lands.


Located in an elegant Arabian home,
Fakhreldin serves fine Levantine cuisine.

Primal is the first and only paleo
restaurant in Amman, with countless
vegan and ketogenic dishes.

Ren Chai
This fine-dining Chinese restaurant
offers an extensive menu of Cantonese
specialties and Szechwan delicacies,
which can be enjoyed with various
Chinese cocktails, teas and other drinks.

Tche Tche
This contemporary café feels warm and cozy, providing the perfect setting to relax and enjoy the company of family and friends.

Yoshi is an all-day Asian restaurant that’s beautifully furnished with fine art and brass and bamboo fittings.

This homegrown, privately owned concept has been serving customers first class chicken and seafood meals for over 45 years.

Al Tazaj
Al Tazaj is a fast-casual Arabic restaurant chain. While its headquarters are in Jeddah, the brand has expanded across the Middle East.

In less than a decade, Burgerizzr — a renowned burger joint — has grown from one restaurant to 65 throughout KSA.

Burger8 delivers high-quality, fresh and
flavorful food in a classical Arabic setting.

Southern American comfort food is what you’ll find at Buttermilk.

Using novel flavor and texture combinations, Hualan is inspired by Chinese and Pan-Asian cuisine.

Wahat AlMerbaa
This restaurant showcases traditional Saudi flavors alongside a number of special international dishes.


Ayyame serves contemporary Middle Eastern cuisine.

Burger Boutique
Visitors to the Burger Boutique can enjoy burgers made with organic grass-fed beef.

Focusing on quality ingredients and
innovation, Maki has five award-winning

Meme’s Curry
Meme’s Curry is a celebration of the Japanese street food concept.

Pistachio Crepe
Pistachio Crepe fuses European culture with high-quality chocolate and crepe recipes.

Pick Yo
Serving ready-made, freshly prepared and balanced dishes is what Pick Yo is known for.


Abd El Wahab, Ahwak Café, Duo,
Denye Hek, Fabrk

Ahwet Zeitouna, Babel, Bebabel;;

Ai, Ni Caffè, Gavi, Kampai

Al Sultan Brahim

Al Mandaloun


Antika, El Kbeer, February 30, Seven

Arts, Spine

Bab Idris, Casper and Gambini’s,
Eatalian, From the tree, Panpot, Tarator


Batchig, Mayrig

Em Sherif Restaurant
Em Sherif is a distinguished fine-dining restaurant that offers Lebanese and oriental cuisine in a luxurious setting.
Founded: 2011
Number of outlets: six in total (one local and five international)

Em Sherif Sea Café
Crisp and contemporary, Em Sherif Sea Café’s menu focuses on seafood and meat specialties. This popular spot is also known for its shisha and late-night bites.
Founded: 2018
Number of outlets: three in total (one local and two international)

Esco-Bar Coctel Y Cocina
This cocktail bar takes you on an exotic journey. Margarita on the rocks, daiquiri and fajita are among Esco-bar’s best-selling items.
Founded: 2015
Initial franchise fee: USD 150,000
Number of outlets: seven in total (six local and one international)

This urban restaurant and coffee shop fuses industrial chic with a cool and cozy ambience.
Founded: 2017
Initial franchise fee: USD 90,000
Number of local outlets: one

Merou Seafood

Diwan Beirut


La Burgeria

Leil Nhar, Leila, Let’s Burger

Lina’s Paris

Lord of the wings

Malak al Tawouk

Rafic Marrouche Restaurant


Moulin d’or

Nasma Beyrouth



Pate a choux

Sandwich W Noss
When one sandwich is not enough and two sandwiches are too much, Sandwich W Noss (one-and-a-half sandwiches) is right on point. The Lebanese street food favorite has certainly found its niche.
Founded: 2015
Initial franchise fee: varies per market
Number of outlets: seven local (several soon to open in Dubai)

Roadster Diner

The Bros

The Lebanese bakery

Wooden Bakery


Zaatar w Zeit


Café #999
Operated under the Salam Hospitality brand, this café offers modern dining in an urban setting.

Ellamia is a contemporary venue where guests can enjoy their everyday coffee ritual.

Evergreen Organics
With a waterside location at The Pearl Qatar’s Venetian-inspired Qanat Quartier, this charming café has become a popular spot for meat-free dining.


Al Fanar Restaurant
Al Fanar Restaurant revives authentic Emirati cuisine.

BB Social Dining
The style of the food at BB can be described as social dining, with an emphasis on creative and tasty flavors.

JJ Chicken
Serving charcoal-grilled chicken meals in a quick-service environment, JJ Chicken has earned a name for itself.

Skyler’s Place – Funky Fusion
Casual Italian, Mexican, Indian, Japanese and Chinese funky-fusion signatures all feature on the menu of Skyler’s Place.

Venture into Verdura, the home of exquisite Mediterranean and Levantine cuisine, and discover an array of delicious dishes the blend the best of Italy, Greece, Turkey, Cyprus and the Levant.

Wafi Gourmet
Wafi Gourmet brings the tastiest culinary treasures from the kitchens of Lebanon to the UAE.

This is the perfect place in Dubai to experience Afghani and Shinwari cuisine.


Coolgreens serves healthy options, from salads to grain bowls.

Le Botaniste
This apothecary-inspired counter is an ideal place for vegans, with a selection of organic bowls, juices and natural wines.

Mala Project
This trendy spot serves Chinese dry pot

Pie Five Pizza
This American fast-casual restaurant
chain specializes in personalized pizzas.

Steak ‘N Shake
Certified organic, with no preservatives, hormones or antibiotics, the steakburger is one of the top items on the menu at this popular joint.

Sweetgreen is known for its simple,
seasonal, healthy salads and grain bowls.

This is a casual burger restaurant and bar chain.

Which Wich
Which Wich specializes in sandwiches
and salads.

Wow Bao
Hot Asian steamed buns, potstickers and
rice and noodle bowls are among the
top sellers at Wow Bao.

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