Frequently Asked Questions


Where is Valentino's currently franchising?

At the present time we are franchising in the states of Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Colorado, South Dakota, Minnesota and Wyoming. Also see our franchising territory map for a list of current Valentino's locations.

What is the difference between Valentino's Express and Valentino's To-Go?

There are many differences but the main difference is the Valentino's Express Unit is a unit placed within an existing operating facility. It was designed to supplement an existing business.. It is ideal for convenience stores, existing bars and restaurants, motels and grocery stores.

The To-Go on the other hand is a standalone restaurant sometimes with seats for dining inside. Its versatility allows the owner to offer a variety of products and services including a mini buffet, drive up window and or strictly carryout and delivery.

What does it cost to open a Valentino's Express Unit?

Costs can vary when opening a Valentino's Express and depend largely on the equipment your facility currently contains. There is a standard list of needed items but due to the simplicity of the menu and the packaging of Valentino's proprietary product the cost can be reasonably controlled and existing equipment can be adapted to accommodate the concept. The costs can range from $48,775 to $169,085.

What does it cost to open a Valentino's To - Go Unit?

Costs can vary when opening a Valentino's To-Go as well. Because of the adaptability of a To-Go, the costs can vary significantly. For instance, if the facility where you plan to open the To -- Go has already been a restaurant and many of the fixtures are in place than the cost estimates improve. Likewise, if you choose seats over a traditional To-Go that offers carryout and delivery only, the costs can go up. Currently costs estimates range from $476,275 to $916,925.

Are there certain requirements I need to meet in order to be considered for a Valentino's franchise?

If you are contemplating a Valentino's Express you will need an existing business that has room to house a Valentino's Express unit. This means kitchen area of at least 200 square feet and a counter from which to dispense food. The owner(s) of the franchise suggest a minimum net worth of $200,000 with $50,000 of the net worth in readily available liquid assets.

If you are contemplating a Valentino's To-Go, we suggest a net worth of at least $500,000 with $100,000 in liquid assets.

What is the standard initial franchise fee and what are the standard royalty fees?

The Valentino's Express: standard initial franchise fee $1,500; royalty 5% gross sales with an ad fee of an additional 1%.

The Valentino's To-Go: standard initial franchise fee $12,500; royalty 5% gross sales with an ad fee of an additional 1%.

For a complete list of fees and costs refer to the Valentino's Franchise Disclosure Document (FDD).

How long is the term of a franchise document?

Valentino's Express: 5 years, with two 5 year renewal options.

Valentino's To-Go
: 15 years with one 10 year renewal options.

What steps do I need to follow to become a Valentino's franchisee?

  1. You first need to fill out the preliminary franchise inquiry.

  2. Next, you will need to complete an application.

  3. Provided you meet the requirements and the general location is acceptable we will request a meeting in person.

  4. Should all go well, you would be required to select an exact location.

  5. You would be awarded a franchise.
These steps are the normal course of business and at times will vary due to circumstances.
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