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The South is known for many things: great food, soulful music, and treating total strangers like family.


At Edley’s BBQ Franchise, we focus on our guests overall experience while showcasing a unique Nashville personality.

We strive to serve the best food we can make and prove ourselves one plate at a time.

  • We offer counter service and a full-service experience for guests.
  • Catering and retail offer additional revenue streams.
  • And our units are anything but cookie-cutter: each has its own unique vibe and “seasoned & grit” design elements with lively outdoor seating areas.

If you like the idea of welcoming guests as old family friends, we’d love to welcome you to our barbecue franchises family.

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    Why Edley's bbq franchise?

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    You’ve got a choice when it comes to the franchise bbq restaurant you buy into. We might be biased, but here’s why we think Edley’s is right for you:

    • We do things the hard way. Why? Because it’s better that way. We only smoke enough meat for the day, and we never use a microwave. Everything is made fresh, and it shows.
    • Music is in our veins. It’s part of our vibe, and what people love about the brand. Every location has its own hand-selected playlist.
    • Other people think we’re great. We’ve been voted Best BBQ by the readers of the Nashville Scene four years in a row.
    • We have the attention of the media. Edley’s has been featured in publications like Garden & Gun, Southern Living, Nashville Lifestyles, The Tennessean, The Huffington Post, Delta’s Magazine, and Virgin Australia.
    • Our guests are family. Our warm welcome makes us stand out from other bar-b-que franchises.


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    If you’re looking for a franchise in a lucrative market, this barbecue franchise opportunity is ideal for you because:

    • 95% of Americans like bar-b-que.
    • Over 30% eat bar-b-que or bar-b-que-sauced foods weekly.
    • 58% of bar-b-que restaurant franchise opportunities have been operating for at least five years, proving their longevity.
    • BBQ restaurants make up just 2% of US restaurants, showing that the market is far from saturated.


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    Naturally, you’re wondering whether Edley’s BBQ business for sale are a good investment, and how much you can make. We're pretty proud that your initial sales to investment ratio will run at about a 2:1 ratio for your first year, which is well above industry standards.


    • Total Investment: $1,168,500 to $1,649,500
      (Refer to our FDD Item 7 for specifics on startup costs.)
    • Minimum Liquid Capital: $550,000
    • Minimum Net Worth: $1.25M


    We assist with financing to qualified candidates through preferred vendor partners.



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    We are interested in partnering with the right people in the right places.

    We currently have four locations, but with the media attention we’ve gotten, demand for expansion is high.


    The Barbecue Franchise Expansion

    We are looking to expand in Tennessee, Kentucky, Georgia, and Alabama, and are also growing into other Southern and Midwest states. (Our first bbq franchise location will open in late 2020 in Illinois.)

    We hold certain values that we call "Our Southern Soul" close, and we look for franchisees who do, too. We are...

    • We are doers that do it the hard way.
    • We are relentless on standards and kind on people.
    • We are positive people that treat our guests and team members as family.
    • We are passionate that Edley's be the best.

    Do you have a Southern Soul? We want to hear from you!



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    We consider our franchisees as part of the Edley’s family and treat them as such. Not only do we offer in-depth training, both as part of your onboarding as well as throughout your ownership of a franchise location, but we also help you choose your site and negotiate terms for the best location.

    We help you with your buildout, right up to your opening day, and then our opening support and training team is there to lend a hand. 

    A Barbecue Restaurant Franchise that Support

    We’ll also assist with marketing strategies that will help starting a bbq business. We'll be guiding you to leverage the tools we’ve established, as well as advising you on your local store marketing plan.

    A new kind of Bar and Grill Franchise

    We are here to help you succeed, and will do whatever you need as your franchise partner. That’s the Southern hospitality we’re known for!


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    As a franchisee, if you're starting a bbq business, you'll have the potential to create more than a work environment. Our team members feel that Edley’s is more like a family than a job. Watch and listen for yourself what team members have to say about Edley’s Bar-B-Que.


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    Will Newman almost became a lawyer. He studied at the University of Alabama School of Law, but felt entrepreneurship—and bar-b-que—pulling him in a different direction.

    He and his wife, Catharine, opened Edley’s Bar-B-Que in 2011, naming it after his late grandfather, Edley Newman, who was known for his generosity, hard work, and appreciation of “All Things Southern.”

    Thanks to the growing demand of Edley’s, Will is excited to talk about our bbq franchises for sale.


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    Become a part of the Edley’s franchise family in 8 steps:


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    Complete the Form and Download our eBook

    Our eBook provides information about the BBQ restaurant industry and what sets us apart from the competition.


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    Introduction Call
    (5-10 mins)

    We’ll answer initial questions and talk about qualifications.


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     Exploratory Call (1 hr)

    We’ll get to know each other further and share details on how we help you to succeed.


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    Complete Candidate Profile (10 Mins)

    Once completed we will: Send you the FDD, Introduce you to lending contacts, Start the preliminary real estate trade analysis


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    Schedule FDD review
    (30-45 mins)

    Speak with President of Franchising to ask questions on FDD, Real Estate, Territories, etc.


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    Discovery Day

    Visit our home office and multiple locations and meet our CEO Will Newman.


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    UFAQ/ Franchise Agreements

    Upon mutual agreement, we will send you your Franchise Agreement.


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    YOU are a Franchisee of Edley's Bar-B-Que

    Plug into our brand, and aggressively start the site selection, training, and on-boarding process!

    If you've always dreamed of owning an Edley's or it is the kind of joint you've been looking for, we'd love to help fulfill your dreams.


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    Become a part of the Edley’s franchise family in 8 steps:

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    Top BBQ, sports bar and grill franchise

    Have you ever wondered where to get top BBQ franchise opportunities? Have you ever thought about how to locate the best bar and grill franchise that offer good tasting BBQ? Well, today we are going to tell you what we consider to be the best BBQ restaurants and why you should consider working with one of them as Edley’s. 

    For years, Edley’s has been providing the online community with information on the top bbq franchises for sale as well as the best restaurants in the USA. People from all over the country visit our website to check out our investment opportunities. We have put together a website that is very similar to our actual restaurant that allows people to get to know us a little bit better and enjoy the delicious tastes of BBQ wherever they may happen to be in the world.

    If you love to eat out to dine in at restaurants or even take-out food from a bbq franchise for sale, there are some excellent restaurants that can cater to your every culinary experience.

    BBQ franchise opportunities in Tennessee

    Many people who do not live near a barbecue restaurant are very familiar with the concept of having smoked BBQ recipe. There are a lot of bbq restaurants in the Tennessee area for people to choose from and you may be able to find one within a couple of miles of your home. This type of location can provide a great BBQ business opportunity for someone who loves to cook and wants to work for himself. In fact, many bbq franchises for sale are operated by people who are self-employed and they make very good returns in providing excellent customer service.

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