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Al's Beef, United States
Al's Beef franchise opportunity.
Al's Beef

Italian beef sandwich franchise:
The perfect Italian beef sandwich begins with slow oven roasted, perfectly Italian seasoned beef, tender and extremely lean, sliced amazingly thin. Spices and seasonings used in its preparation include only the freshest natural products that ultimately produce our 100% natural beef gravy. [Note: In Chicago-speak, "gravy" as it relates to an authentic Italian beef sandwich is not that thick gooey stuff you pour over turkey, but rather a thin, highly seasoned, aromatic juice that seeps into every crevice of the sandwich.]

Very few restaurants have foods with flavors so distinctive and unique that they are featured as one of Esquire magazine's current picks for best sandwiches in America. Only one, Al's Beef, offers its customers Chicago's and America's #1 Italian beef sandwich, the one and only, the authentic sandwich invented 70 years ago at the now legendary Taylor Street beef stand in Chicago!


From its humble beginning back in 1938, brother Al Ferreri and his sister and brother-in-law, Frances and Chris Pacelli, Sr. began developing what is known today as one of the "Top 10 Sandwiches in America," a "Chicago Food Legend" and "Chicago's #1 Italian Beef Sandwich," an honor bestowed upon it by Chicago magazine. The original idea for the Italian beef sandwich was formed out of necessity, as many great ideas are. In the great depression era, meat was scarce. Chris and Al would go to family weddings and in order to make the meat go around, the family sliced it thinly and made sandwiches.

Chris and Al sat down in Al's home kitchen and formulated their now legendary recipe. They would make their thinly sliced Italian beef sandwiches and deliver them to the local hospitals and businesses in the area. Soon, demand required that they take the next step and build a little beef stand that the local neighbors could visit.

In 1999, Dave Howey, of Chicago Franchise Systems, Inc., owner and franchisor of Nancy's Pizza, bought the rights to Al's #1 Italian Beef Restaurants. Dave had been a loyal customer since 1971 and worked out the details to expand Al's Beef through franchising.

The first Al's Beef franchise opened in Tinley Park, IL in the summer of 2001. The Al's Beef chain has grown significantly throughout Chicagoland and is currently casting its eye to other states.

Al's Beef is totally dedicated to preserving what this country has come to recognize as a true food icon. When the History Channel produced their 2-hour "History of Food in America" documentary, Al's Beef was the only Chicago restaurant featured.

When Gourmet magazine decided to do a story on the new Italian beef sensation, it was Al's Beef that was featured in a 4-page spread.

And when Travel and Leisure magazine ran their "Top 10 Sandwiches in America"... you guessed it, it was Al's Beef that was picked. In March of 2008, Esquire Magazine named the Al's Italian Beef sandwich as one of "the Best Sandwiches in America." It's these and so many more awards and recognitions that have kept us focused on the tradition: keeping our eye on the beef. We have a lot to be proud of and a great legacy to grow and preserve.


Al's Beef does not offer single unit franchises internationally. We seek multi-unit regional or country franchise developers who will combine a mix of company owned units and franchised units.

Operational Countries:

United States (50),
Business Opportunities in:

United Kingdom,

Investor Profile:

Ideal international candidate would have extensive knowledge of their region, experience in restaurant management or business ownership.

Candidate will have the ability to put a restaurant management program in place to operate and train all corporate and sub franchised locations.

Must have an understanding of customer service and marketing.

Candidate should be able to have at least one million US dollars available for master development fee, first corporate unit, and business infrastructure.


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