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12 options to undertake gastronomy with little money and be your own boss

Starting a profitable restaurant business can be complicated. And much more than the one who tried it a beginner. Therefore, a very common bet is to invest in a franchise to be able to use a well-known and already installed brandwhich repeats its winning formula.

In fact, according to the latest report of the Argentine Franchise Guide (GAF), among the more than 1,400 franchise options presented in Argentina, a 42% is gastronomy. They already work more than 4,200 places franchisees in this area, which is by far the most important one.

And in this vast universe of ready-to-eat food and drink sales, not everything is reduced to big bars and chain restaurants charging multimillion dollar investments and dozens of employees.

There are also low-cost formats suitable for ordinary people who they dream of undertaking to be their own bosses and that they only have one small savings to dare Even if the amount is approx several thousand dollarsless than the cost of a garage.



Currently, due to high inflation, investment amounts are mostly reported in dollars. Photo: Bloomberg.

But how do franchises work and what are their benefits when undertaking them?

A franchise allows an entrepreneur, instead of start from the beginning with a commercial proposition of his own, “go on” a successful model what will make you brand like all his business knowledge (the so-called “know-how”).

In return, the franchise owner usually charges a initial investmentThe payment of monthly royaltysometimes contribute not localand handle the day-to-day management of your business, respecting a range of guidelines which is usually delivered in a manual.

The main advantage of this model are:

lower risks. By working with a proven formula, a brand already known to the public and often with exclusivity in a certain areaThe risk of failure is lower.

expert advice. The franchise owner offers permanent assistance to get the business off the ground until it is established, the application of the techniques and secrets which led it to grow and establish itself in the market.

Quick return. Business models are designed so that, if all goes well, the franchisee can recoup their investment matter of months or at most in one or two years.

What are the cheapest franchises to enter into in gastronomy?

With investment amounts of at least US$5,000, US$10,000 oh US$25,000there are franchises that allow you to start most diverse businesses in gastronomy, often with takeaway schemes.

It is possible to open, for example, owned or rented premises, small coffee shops, ice cream shops, yogurt shops, steakhouses oh bakeries. There are also “low cost” proposals that are specialized in empanadas or in craft beer.

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The investment of any franchise may vary according to the dimensions of each room and the necessary civil work”, warns Clarion Roberto Russo, the editor of the GAF, which is the official directory of the Argentine Association of Brands and Franchises (AAMF).

Therefore, although they indicate average reference values, always recommends confirming with each franchise company the amounts applicable to the specific case. Even more so in the current unstable economic situation.

Below is a selection of 15 accessible gastronomic franchiseswith their initial investment amounts and the estimated time it will take to recoup them, according to recently updated GAF ​​data.

1. Nevada Summit: Ice Cream and Food

Low investment, quick return and few staff, the Cumbre Nevada formula.  Image: GAF.


Low investment, quick return and few staff, the Cumbre Nevada formula. Image: GAF.

What is it about? open a point of purchase for affordable ice creams, pizzas, empanadas, churros and croissants made by this company from Rosario with 35 years of experience and 25 franchises in operation. The business is “profitable all year round” and “it requires almost no staff”, they assure.

What is the initial investment? Since US$5,600 or its equivalent in pesos at the official exchange rate, an amount that can be financed and which includes all the goods to begin with.

How much do you think it will recover? In between 5 and 8 months. More data, in the GAF and here.

2. Churritos: selling churros

Sweet or salty, churros to avoid any craving.  Photo: GAF.


Sweet or salty, churros to avoid any craving. Photo: GAF.

What is it about? The franchisee sells to the public the churros of various tastes and flavors produced by the company, along with drinks and accessories.

What is the initial investment? Some US$12,000to which must be added US$1,200 for initial goods.

How much do you think it will recover? In certain 18 months. More data, in the GAF.

3. Dulce de Leche & Co.: Argentine flavors

A business based on the best known and most loved sweet in the country.  Photo: GAF.


A business based on the best known and most loved sweet in the country. Photo: GAF.

What is it about? open a specialty store oh coffee shop focused on the supply of milk sweets, alfajores, snacks, sweets and artisanal drinks that the company markets. It stands out as an “easy to manage” franchise, which no experience needed.

What is the initial investment? Since US$10,000and may vary depending on the format.

How much do you think it will recover? In certain 14 monthsroughly. More data, in the GAF and here.

4. Igloo: ice cream, desserts and coffee

A chain bumping in the hinterland of Buenos Aires.  Photo: GAF.


A chain bumping in the hinterland of Buenos Aires. Photo: GAF.

What is it about? “Have your own ice cream shop”, this company invites those in Tandil y 48 brancheswhich helps each franchisee set up the premises and provides all necessary merchandise, supplies, furniture and advice.

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What is the initial investment? Since $3,200,000including all the goods to get you started.

How much do you think it will recover? In certain 18 months over. More data, in the GAF and here.

5. Mr. Churro: churros and fast food

Churros for those with a sweet tooth, the core of the proposal.  Photo: GAF.


Churros for those with a sweet tooth, the core of the proposal. Photo: GAF.

What is it about? The company, born in Tucuman and aimed at young audiences, today seeks to expand through franchisees offering their very beginnings flashy sweet and savory churros, pancakes, milkshakes and desserts.

What is the initial investment? For the take away modality, from US$17,000. For a room with tables and chairs, from US$23,000.

How much do you think it will recover? In certain 20 months over. More data, in the GAF and here.

6. Persicco: 100% handmade ice cream

Persicco, with a focus on quality ice cream.  Photo: GAF.


Persicco, with a focus on quality ice cream. Photo: GAF.

What is it about? The well-known chain of premium ice cream parlors allows you to open from large premises for take-out and delivery, to low-investment formats such as “corners” (installed in a corner of a mall or a local in a related category).

What is the initial investment? Since US$15,000 up to US$60,000, depending on the model chosen.

How much do you think it will recover? At this point, the company invites you to consult for each specific case. More data, in the GAF and here.

7. Natural Shanti: healthy food

The idea is to offer healthy, quality products at competitive prices.  Photo: GAF.


The idea is to offer healthy, quality products at competitive prices. Photo: GAF.

What is it about? The company, which originated in Neuquén and Río Negro, offers franchises that allow opening warehouses of healthy products, with the chance to add a gastronomic serviceof breakfasts, lunches and takeaways.

What is the initial investment? To open a warehouse, from $7,500,000. And to offer gastronomy, $11,500,000. In both cases, the figures include all inventory to begin with.

How much do you think it will recover? In between 18 and 24 months. More data, in the GAF and here.

8. Don Armando Bakeries: Fresh baked goods

Low price and good taste, the attractive formula of Don Armando.  Photo: GAF.


Low price and good taste, the attractive formula of Don Armando. Photo: GAF.

What is it about? The company, with a growing presence in Capital and the GBA, helps the franchisee find an ideal location, sets the premises in less than 50 days and provide all the necessary training to start offering your baked goods and accounts low pricewhich is baked in each branch before sale.

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What is the initial investment? Since US$16,000including the goods to start.

How much do you think it will recover? Of the 12 months. More data, in the GAF and here.

9. Sei Tu: ice cream and frozen desserts

It is one of the largest ice cream chains in the country.  Photo: Sei Tu.


It is one of the largest ice cream chains in the country. Photo: Sei Tu.

What is it about? Open an ice cream parlor to sell the products of this company in an exclusive area, which already has more than 385 franchises in operation in the country. “It is ideal for those looking for safe investments, work independence or a family business,” according to what they point out.

What is the initial investment? Since $2,500,000 plus VATincluding the goods to start.

How much do you think it will recover? In between 12 and 18 months. More data, in the GAF and here.

10. Empanada Shop: flavor at a good price

The business can be run with a small staff and is highly profitable, they say.  Photo: GAF.


The business can be run with a small staff and is highly profitable, they say. Photo: GAF.

What is it about? Open a shop for bake and sell to the public, with the takeaway and delivery modalities, the empanadas that the company makes in search of an “optimal relationship” between quality and price.

What is the initial investment? Since US$25,000.

How much do you think it will recover? In certain 18 months. More data, in the GAF and here.

11. Be Fruity: Frozen Yogurt

This alternative to traditional ice cream has become popular worldwide;  Served with "toppings".


This alternative to traditional ice cream has become popular worldwide; It is served with “toppings”.

What is it about? Open a shop to sell to the public the frozen yogurts produced by this company which has been in the business for more than 10 years and already has 16 franchises in operation in different cities of the country.

What is the initial investment? Since US$22,000including the goods to start.

How much do you think it will recover? between carries 12 and 14 months. More data, in the GAF and here.

12. Bruxx: lomitería connoisseurs

Steaks, rustic potatoes and draft beer are the core of the proposal.  Photo: GAF.


Steaks, rustic potatoes and draft beer are the core of the proposal. Photo: GAF.

What is it about? The franchisee opens a branch of this lomiteria Cordovan connoisseurs, which have a format of self service and adds a variety of craft beers to its offering.

What is the initial investment? Since US$25,500including merchandise and packaging to get you started.

How much do you think it will recover? In between 16 and 18 months over. More data, in the GAF and here.

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