How to Open a Chili's Restaurant

by Contributor; Updated September 26, 2017

How to Open a Chili's Restaurant. If you think you may want to open a Chili's Restaurant there are many decisions and considerations that you will have to make. Chili's is a family style restaurant with a moderately priced menu of steaks, burgers, ribs and chicken among their offerings. To become a franchise owner it is necessary to meet all of the requirements of Brinker International, the parent corporation.

Step 1

Talk to other Chili's Restaurant owners to see if the franchise opportunity is one that you would be interested in learning about.

Step 2

Send Brinker International your personal information by completing the Franchise Information Form located at the Brinker International website. (See link in Resources.)

Step 3

Wait for Brinker International to send you a Uniform Franchise Offering Circular. The company will send the Offering Circular once they have received your personal and financial information and are interested in continuing further discussions with you.

Step 4

Decide if you want to pursue the Chili's Franchise opportunity if you receive the Uniform Franchise Offering Circular back from the parent corporation.

Step 5

Arrange for the necessary funding needed for the franchise opportunity by contacting a third party lender.

Step 6

Contact a lawyer that specializes in franchise law if you decide to move forward with the franchise opportunity.


  • There is a $400,000 minimum liquidity requirement according to the International Franchise Association. All financial requirements and costs of the franchise opportunity are listed under item seven of the Uniform Franchise Offering Circular.


  • Chili's only has franchise opportunities in select small town areas and some international markets. Franchise opportunities generally have a recurring royalty fee as well as a franchise fee.