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Mooresville's Gray Brothers Cafeteria to offer carry-out at franchise locations

A culinary fixture of central Indiana could be coming closer to you soon.

Gray Brothers Cafeteria, which has dished out fried chicken, mashed potatoes and other traditional comfort food since 1944 in Mooresville, has begun soliciting franchisees for carry-out venues.

The eatery’s decision to franchise stemmed from the success of its carry-out service, which brings in $2.5 million in annual revenue. By operating carry-out locations with less space and staff, franchisees can minimize the overhead costs that Gray Brothers has to manage in Mooresville.

According to Gray Brothers’ franchise info kit, a franchisee will need between $391,000 and $738,000 in upfront costs, including a fixed $35,000 initial fee, and must lease at least 3,000 square feet to operate. In addition to the Gray Brothers’ name, likeness and recipes, franchisees will receive 163 hours of training, marketing materials and optional check-ins with Gray Brothers management, the website promises.

“A good partner would be someone that has a lot of self-drive, that wants to do something with their lives that's different from any other day-to-day job,” co-owner Andy Gray said in a news release. “I think it's something they want to be able to provide good for their families, do something good for the community.”

Prospective franchisees can learn more at Customers near Gray Brothers or one of its franchises will be able to order on the cafeteria’s website.

Bradley Hohulin Indianapolis Star