Franchising FAQ

1. How much does it cost to own a Quesada restaurant?
Expenditure Amount or Range To Whom Paid When Due
Low Medium High
Initial Franchise Fee $25,000 $25,000 $25,000 Quesada Franchising of Canada Corp. Upon signing Franchise Agreement
Grand Opening Advertising $5,500 $5,500 $5,500 Suppliers Within 6 weeks after Restaurant opens
1st Month Rent and Security Deposit $5000 $8000 $14,000 Landlord Upon execution of Offer to Lease
Utility Deposits $500 $1000 $1500 Supplier or landlord When incurred
Design and Drawings $2000 $2000 $2000 Quesada Franchising of Canada Corp. Prior to work start
Engineered Drawings and Architects Seal $3000 $4000 $5000 Engineering firm When incurred
Construction, Leaseholds $90,000 $115,000 $135,000 Contractor When incurred
Equipment, Small wares and furnishings $58,000 $61,000 $63,500 Equipment Suppliers When incurred
Signage $3000 $6000 $9000 Sign Company When incurred
Opening Inventory and Supplies $7000 $8000 $9000 Suppliers One week after Delivery
Training For One or Two Persons at The Same Time $4000 $4000 $4000 Quesada Franchising of Canada Corp. Prior to arrival
Traveling and Other Expenses Related to Initial Ttraining $500 $3000 $4500 Suppliers –Airline, Hotels, etc. When invoiced
Shipping (Equipment) $500 $1000 $2000 Transportation company and suppliers When incurred
Licenses, Legal and Accounting Fees $4000 $5000 $ 7500 Government or supplier When incurred
Total Investment $208,000.00 $248,500.00 $287,500.00

Please note that the start up costs for a Quesada restaurant are unique to each location and are not always dictated by restaurant size. For example, your location may have high construction costs but low signage costs. Or you may have a low rent deposit and high equipment costs. More detailed information related to these estimates will be made available in the Quesada Disclosure Document.

2. How much cash will I need to invest?

If your start up costs are $200,000 (see the examples of start up costs in FAQ question #1), you will need to invest a minimum of $75,000 in cash in order for the bank to finance the remaining $125,000.

3. Do you provide financing?

Quesada does not provide financing but all Canadian banks provide financing to qualified Quesada franchisees. Once a site has been leased, Quesada will provide you with direction on how to prepare a professional business plan for the bank.

4. Why is your investment cost so much lower than other concepts in the same segment?

We pass on our costs for equipment, signs, food supplies and packaging directly to you without any markup. Quesada also allows franchisees to use their own contractors for construction. This lower initial investment cost means lower start-up debt, which leads directly to greater and faster profitability.

5. How much are the royalties?

Franchisees contribute 6% of gross sales in corporate royalties and an additional 3% towards the advertising fund.

6. How do I find a restaurant site?

We will work together to find a suitable site. Once you and Quesada have mutually agreed on the site, we will negotiate the lease and sign with the Landlord. You will sublet from us under exactly the same terms and conditions.

7. Where do I buy food, packaging and other supplies?

Quesada has contracted with a major Canadian distributor to supply everything you need to operate your restaurant.

8. What kind of support and training do you provide?

Success is the result of good decisions. Quesada has the know-how and proven track record to help franchisees make smart decisions. The senior Quesada team has front-line experience operating their own corporate restaurants, and they share their knowledge and perspective with franchisees every day. Franchisees receive the very best strategic support to make the right decisions for success: how to manage the business, how to minimize costs… and how to increase revenues. You’ll start with pre-training at the online Quesada College, followed by a comprehensive two-week training program (including one weekend) in a regional training restaurant. Then before opening, you will spend one week in Toronto reviewing what you have learned and getting more business training. Additional training is provided when you open your restaurant.

9. Does Quesada listen to the opinion of its franchisees?

Quesada’s success is a genuine team effort built on collaboration. Franchisees regularly provide input to improve the company’s systems. From equipment to procurement, advertising to training, franchisees are able to offer their point of view with the aim to improving the Quesada experience. We recognize the value of our franchisees and their front-line experience. Mutual respect, personal integrity and teamwork are key to achieving our shared goals. Based on their own survey of Quesada franchisees, the Canadian Franchise Association awarded Quesada their prestigious “Franchisee's Choice” designation in 2016 and again in 2017.

10. Can I own more than one Quesada restaurant?

Definitely! More than 50% of our franchisees will become multiple-restaurant operators. We ensure that franchisees have the tools, support and encouragement to quickly succeed at their first restaurant, so they can rapidly expand to many different locations. Franchisees are putting the experience gained from their first success to work on their subsequent successes.

11. What are my next steps?

Click the “Get Started” link below and complete the online form. A Quesada representative will contact you to discuss your qualification for a Quesada franchise. Based on the outcome of that conversation and online testing, you may then meet with the representative in one of their restaurants so that you can get to know each other. They will answer all of your questions, and some you haven’t thought of, during this meeting. Also, at that meeting Quesada will provide you with a Disclosure Document. This is an in-depth disclosure of information that is material to your decision to invest in the Quesada franchise. You cannot sign any contracts nor will Quesada accept any payment until a minimum of two weeks have expired after your receipt of this document.