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Unlike many restaurant franchise concepts, our franchise owners don’t need multi-millions of dollars to launch their new business. The estimated initial investment and start up cost ranges between $563,100 – $1,715,860*. Costs vary from market to market and are affected significantly by the square footage of the location and regionally specific costs associated with the build-out, equipment, materials, furniture, etc. Get all details on startup costs from Item 7* of our most recent Franchise Disclosure Document (FDD).

* Refer to the Franchise Disclosure Document

Standard Franchise (3 units) – $99,000

Single Franchise (1 unit) – $39,500

Custom Franchise Development (4+ units) – Case by Case

Big Kahuna Wings Average Unit Volume (AUV) is $1.67 million*! Learn more about the franchise profitability and review our Franchise Disclosure Document (FDD). To get access to this document, which can answer many of your questions about franchising with BKW, you simply need to fill out our Confidential Questionnaire (CQ) and show that you meet our initial requirements. Download our Franchise Report or reach out to us to get the process going.

* Refer to the Franchise Disclosure Document

We are seeking franchise candidates who have a minimum net worth of $550,000-$750,000 and at least $200,000-$250,000 in liquid assets.

BKW provides a cooler, healthier and more fulfilling alternative to the usual wing restaurant experience. Our freshly prepared unique and flavorful food is made-to-order with fresh, high-quality natural ingredients. Our large portions are what makes our customers feel great and fully satisfied and is what makes us proud to be the Big Kahuna.

For those pursuing a well-balanced and active lifestyle, we provide a unique healthy food franchise alternative, in a family friendly environment.

After years of testing and development in Knoxville, TN since 2014, BKW started franchising in 2023. We are currently at two locations and poised for tremendous growth!

All stores contribute a % of net sales toward a marketing fund, which is used to develop marketing strategies and materials. Each individual store also spends a required amount to advertise their grand opening as outlined in the Franchise Disclosure Document (FDD). Digital marketing, content marketing, social media, in-store promotions, direct mail and radio are just some of the channels that BKW locations utilize to drive families to their locations.

No, you don’t necessarily need food service or restaurant management experience, although it is a plus in the selection process. A prospective franchisee must be willing to work hard, have strong business management skills, a positive and fun-loving attitude, be committed to superior customer service, be a team player and have the drive to succeed and control their own financial future.

Following a franchisee’s grand opening, we continue to provide ongoing franchise support services to you by phone, email and on-site visits to your location through our awesome BKW Family. We regularly update our operations manual with new procedures and other information designed to improve operations for all franchisees. We’re also available to conduct ongoing training programs.

You know it! BKW Corporate has a talented team of real estate, design and construction professionals to help you with every step. We have partnered with national partners to help franchisees find and build their locations as quickly as possible. Holrob Real Estate and our BKW Real Estate Team help franchisees through the real estate process while BKW’s Construction and Design Teams support franchisees through the design of their shop and the construction process.

The number of employees is dependent on sales volume, but on average it can take up to 15 to 32 full- and part-time employees to run multiple shifts throughout each week at a shop. Most BKW owners have a trusted management at their location, so they don’t have to be there every day. During their first 3 to 6 months, we recommend the owner be in their location on a full-time basis, or as much as possible.

As part of the Franchise Process, you’ll need to complete a Confidential Questionnaire (CQ). To receive more information and the CQ, fill out our contact form at the top or bottom of this page or email us directly at

Franchisees in the BKW system pay a royalty equal to 6% of net sales. The fee entitles you to continued use of the BKW name and trademarks, access to our operating systems, new product development, ongoing business consulting and other benefits that come along with being a franchise owner in the BKW organization.

Our sweet spot is 3,200 – 3,500 square feet. Because Big Kahuna Wings is enjoyed by customers who eat both inside and outside the four walls through takeout and online ordering, our franchise owners can lease a more modest footprint, reducing their real estate and buildout costs.

BKW thrives in a variety of locations. The team takes real estate very seriously, working with local brokers, using technology and working with national oversight to ensure high-quality locations are identified quickly. We thrive in busy strip centers and stand-alone buildings located close to dense family neighborhoods.

The schedule for opening a new Big Kahuna Wings depends on how long it takes to find a location, the length of the lease negotiation process, and the time it takes with local municipalities to get permitting. The construction timeframe can also be affected by unpredictable or unforeseen circumstances with the site. Our goal is to open every location within 12 months.

We provide four phase training programs to prepare you for opening your first location. Your initial training will take place in our offices in Knoxville over the course of four days and is offered every month throughout the year. Our Hands-On Training is designed to engage you and your managers on a one-on-one basis for up to 14 days at a corporate location in Knoxville. It is typically scheduled within eight weeks of your grand opening. We also provide On-Site Training at your location for 10-17 days surrounding your Big Kahuna Wings grand opening. Plus, we have a video toolbox of training materials that you can use to train new and retrain old employees once you’ve opened.

We have a Franchise Process that allow us to provide you with all the information you need to know regarding your Big Kahuna Wings franchise opportunity and answer all your questions about franchising. At the same time, we learn all about you to confirm whether you’ll be a good fit for our franchise family. This process has nine steps and takes anywhere from 4–8 weeks. To get started, fill out the form below.


Franchise Kit

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