Franchise Information

We're sure you'll have questions. Lot's of them. So, we compiled a list of the more common questions we're often asked. Feel free to contact us with any additional questions you may have to help you decide if a Hickory River Smokehouse franchise is right for you.

Concept: Hickory River Smokehouse

Company: Hickory River Smokehouse, Inc.

Franchise Contact: Brad Bowman

Franchise Phone: 937-765-2404

Franchise Email:

Home Office Location: Tipp City, OH;

Year Founded: 1995;

Type of business: Quick Casual Restaurant;

Current locations: Tipp City, OH • Urbana, IL • Springfield, IL • Decatur, IL • Peoria, IL

Expansion Rate: Moderate

Priority Markets: Illinois, Indiana & Ohio

Franchisee: Restaurant industry experience desired

Initial Cash Investment: $50,000 - $200,000

Special features: Award-Winning BBQ Recipes and BBQ Sauce, Catering & Concessions, Online Catering Ordering & Estimating

Initial Franchise Fee: $20,000

Royalty Fees: 4% (percent)

Marketing Fees: 3% (percent)

Investment Details

Once you receive a franchise kit, we’ll get deeper into all the investment details. For now, here's an appetizer on what comes with this incredible franchise:

  • Award-winning Texas barbecue, side dish and sauce recipes.

  • Straightforward, well-documented operational and business management support.

  • Engaging marketing and advertising support.

  • Extraordinary sales opportunities with in-store, drive-through, carry-out and off-premise catering, as well as delivery of bulk “Group Meals.”

  • Best of all, 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).

Typically, all it takes to get people excited (and raving to their friends) about Hickory River Smokehouse is a single in-store visit. Once they “smell the smells,” and ESPECIALLY after they take their first bite of our signature hickory-smoked meats, they’re pretty much hooked! Our diverse menu, range of prices, and casual, cafeteria-style service appeal to people of all ages and economic positions. Does becoming “your own boss” as the owner/operator of a Hickory River Smokehouse still seem like an exciting idea? There’s a great story to tell about the founders of Hickory River Smokehouse, about their incredible, Texas-inspired recipes and methods of cooking and about their extraordinary franchise opportunity. If you’re interested in learning more, and you meet the requirements, we invite you to complete our Let’s Get Acquainted form.

We'd love to send you more information about Hickory River Smokehouse Franchise opportunities. Call Brad Bowman at 937-765-2404.