Hickory River Smokehouse Franchise Opportunity

Quick Business Facts
Founded: 1995
Franchising Since: 1995
Corporate Office: Hickory River Smokehouse, Inc.
110 Lisa Marie Place
Shalimar, Florida 32579
Industries: , , , , ,
Resources: » Consumer Information

About Hickory River Smokehouse

Real Texas-style barbecue. There’s nothing better, and no better place to get it than Hickory River Smokehouse. Founded in 1995, this casual-style restaurant chain is all about the food. After applying a special blend of seasonings (known as “dry rub”) to the highest quality beef brisket, chicken, turkey, and pork, they slowly smoke it for hours and hours over a hickory-wood fire to create the most tender, flavorful meats you’ve ever sunk your teeth into. It’s A TASTE AS BIG AS TEXAS, and why you’ll see businessmen in suits, laborers in work boots, college professors and students, teenage kids, housewives and seniors regularly visiting their many locations. Add to this straight forward, well-documented operational, business management and marketing/advertising support, and extraordinary sales opportunities with their in-store, drive-through, carry-out and off-premise catering, and you have one of the hottest franchises in the country. If it’s not Hickory River Smokehouse, it’s not barbecue.

Company History

After working on cruise ships in Hawaii and attending college to be a civil engineer, Brad realized that his passion was to work in the restaurant business, with the goal of bringing this unique style of barbecue to the Midwest. The Bowmans opened their first location on January 16, 1995 in Urbana, Illinois, under the name Longhorn Smokehouse. The venture was a total family effort, with family members all joining in to help and to make recipes together.

A success from the start, the Bowmans opened a second location in Bloomington, Illinois two years later. They then sold that location to build a larger restaurant in Urbana to accommodate the high demand. At that time they changed the name of the Urbana restaurant to Hickory River Smokehouse to better reflect the unique barbecue concept, and to avoid any confusion with a steakhouse chain. The location in Bloomington still operates as Longhorn Smokehouse.

This web page does not constitute a franchise offering or an offer to sell a franchise. A franchise offering can be made by us only in a state if we are first registered, excluded, exempted or otherwise qualified to offer franchises in that state, and only if we provide you with an appropriate franchise disclosure document.

Franchise Opportunities

Hickory River Smokehouse franchise opportunities are not currently available on Franchising.com. Fill in the form below to be notified when they become available.

First Name: *
  Last Name: *
E-Mail Address: *
  Phone:
Validation: *

To protect our franchise clients from unsolicited commercial emails (spam), please verify you are requesting information about owning a franchise by matching the numbers below in the vacant box.

Please send me updates on the latest Franchise News and Opportunities


Featured Opportunities

Chronic Tacos
Chronic Tacos is a California inspired authentic Mexican grill that celebrates the individuality of our customers. We have developed restaurants...
Discovery Point Child Development Centers®
• 30 years of brand strength in educational childcare • Only childcare franchise with a flat fee system (vs. fees based on % of your total...
Pronto Insurance
As a franchise owner with Pronto Insurance, you can capitalize on the incredible demand for our insurance products as you build a fulfilling life for...
Perkins Restaurant & Bakery
In today's market, the opportunity to buy a Perkins® couldn't be better for experienced restaurateurs interested in aligning with a concept that has...
Minuteman Press International
Minuteman Press is the world's largest & number 1 rated printing & marketing franchise. Our business model features multiple revenue streams,...
Share This Page

Subscribe to Franchising Express

A Franchise Update Media Production
Franchise Update Media
P.O. Box 20547
San Jose, CA 95160
PH. (408) 402-5681
In Loving Memory Of Timothy Gardner (1987-2014)

Copyright © 2001 - 2018.
All Rights Reserved.