Arooga’s Named to Entrepreneur’s 2018 Top Food-Based Franchises


Brand ranks #16 in Full-Service Restaurants in U.S. 

Arooga's Named to Entrepreneur's 2018 Top Food-Based FranchisesHarrisburg, PA  (  Arooga’s Grille House & Sports Bar has added another notch to their championship belt, having been named #16 on Entrepreneur Magazine’s Top Food-Based Franchises of 2018.

Rankings for the list were based on scores received when evaluated by the Franchise 500® formula, which takes into consideration more than 150 data points in costs and fees, size and growth, franchisee support, brand strength and financial strength, and stability.

“We are thrilled to be ranked in full service restaurants, let alone 16th in all of the U.S..” said Gary Huether, Jr., Arooga’s President and Co-Founder.  “We believe that it is distinctions such as this that makes our brand an attractive venture for potential franchise partners.”

Founded in 2008 in Harrisburg, Pa, Arooga’s has since grown to 19 locations, 10 of which are corporate owned in the Central Pa region.  The brand began franchising in 2010 after besting more than 250 entrants in 36 states in America’s Next Top Restaurant Franchise, a contest co-sponsored by Sysco Foods and The Franchise Edge in their nationwide search to find an independent restaurant to become the next great franchise opportunity.  Their first franchise location opened in 2015, adjacent to Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville, CT, and the brand has since entered into agreements for nearly 100 locations across the East Coast, and has its sights set on further expansion nationwide.

The recipient of several national accolades, including selection as America’s Next Top Restaurant Franchise, as well as recognition among Entrepreneur Magazine’s Top 500 Franchises of 2018, Full Service Restaurant magazine’s Top 50 Emerging Restaurant Chains, and now Entrepreneur Magazine’s 2018 Top Food-Based Franchises, Arooga’s Grille House & Sports Bar continues to charm the industry with its commitment to utilizing the latest technology in enhancing the guest experience and improving operational practices, creating unique and delicious menu items with fresh natural, ingredients, and observing environmentally responsible operation methods in their restaurants as part of their certification by the Green Restaurant Association.

Arooga’s currently has 19 locations, which include franchises in Connecticut, Rhode Island, New York, New Jersey, and Massachusetts, along with their 10 corporate locations throughout the central Pennsylvania region.  Location 20 is scheduled to open this Fall in Rockville Centre, NY.

About Arooga’s

Arooga’s Grille House & Sports Bar is an innovative full-service casual restaurant and bar with a sports and entertainment focus that combines exceptional food and beverages, with unique concepts, and proprietary operational strategies. Arooga’s Grille House & Sports Bar was founded in July 2008, and currently has franchise agreements for nearly 100 locations in the Eastern U.S.  Arooga’s offers franchising opportunities for their “unique sports and entertainment restaurant & bar” concept to qualified multi-unit candidates.  For more information, visit, or contact Keith Swade, Director of Franchise Development at

Media Contact:
Tanya Scannelli
Arooga’s Director of Communications