Tony Roma’s Franchise Seeking Experienced Operators in Medium Cities Across America

Get into the ribs franchise game with our iconic brand in one of these happening locales

With more than 150 Tony Roma’s restaurants in over 30 countries, the legendary brand that brought baby back ribs to the fast-casual restaurant scene is poised for franchise development in the U.S., and cities with populations of around 500,000 represent a great opportunity for the right restaurateur.


An iconic brand with more than 40 years of history, customers have a tremendous fondness for the Tony Roma’s name and our messy, delicious ribs. Whether they’re looking for a great dining experience for a family dinner or hoping to make a great new memory for a special occasion, Tony Roma’s is a name they return to time and again.

Tony Roma’s attracts locals and tourists alike

A sweet spot for Tony Roma’s lies in high foot-traffic areas, such as shopping malls, near tourist attractions, and areas that routinely receive large numbers of visitors. That’s why medium-sized cities are a great fit for our restaurants.

Because our restaurants work well in a variety of location types, including freestanding units and spaces at the end of a strip shopping centers, we’ve designed a versatile, open floor-plan that recently debuted at our flagship store on International Drive in Orlando, Florida.

The I-Drive prototype features a robust dining area and outdoor dining patio, with an open-air bar that brings the outside in. Tourists and locals alike are flocking to our new restaurant and enjoying our traditional ribs as well as our dozens of new and innovative menu items.

Is Tony Roma’s right for my city?

We’ve identified more than a dozen population centers where we believe Tony Roma’s will perform well. Among those regions are:

  • Santa Maria – Santa Barbara, California MSA
  • Lexington – Fayette, Kentucky MSA
  • Asheville, North Carolina MSA
  • Pensacola-Ferry Pass-Brent, Florida MSA
  • Myrtle Beach-Conway-North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina MSA
  • …and many more.

What do these areas all have in common? They’re both major commercial centers for larger populations and attractive tourist destinations. These areas are primed for a delectable ribs franchise, and savvy investors can grow our brand into a multi-unit operation in these markets. In fact, we believe many of these massive regions could support two or even three Tony Roma’s locations.

Join Tony Roma’s today

There’s never been a better time to join Tony Roma’s. After thirty years of international growth, we’re making a major push to expand domestic operations. Learn more about the exciting opportunities in your area at our franchise information portal, where you can download our free Franchise Information Report or find out details like startup costs and earnings potential.

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