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The Opportunity

If you’re looking for a way to establish yourself as a restaurateur, there’s no better opportunity than partnering with Jerk King Caribbean Grill.

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Why Jerk King?

No question about it, Caribbean food has burst on to the restaurant scene in a big way. And Jerk King is at the forefront with an authentic menu of savory jerk chicken, oxtail, roti, dumplings, and plantains. What’s more, Jerk King uses its own proprietary marinade recipes, so our fabulous flavor profile is available only at Jerk King. It’s what keeps customers coming back again and again and again.

Our passion for Caribbean food and years of experience operating and perfecting our restaurants in Canada and the U.S. enables us to provide the start-up and on-going support to help our franchisees achieve success.

Low Cost of Entry

Restaurants are between 800 and 1,200 square feet. We estimate your initial investment for a single restaurant to be between $216,500 and $436,500. We can also introduce you to third-party lenders.

Easy to Execute Menu

Our recipes have been tried and tested for efficiency, food safety, and of course, for optimal taste. Our restaurants use fresh and
healthy ingredients to prepare our savory menu items.

Low Operating Costs

Long-standing, reliable suppliers and bulk orders keep operating costs low. Management is encouraged to keep abreast of industry efficiencies and advancements.

Get in on the ground floor

We offer single and area development franchise
opportunities. Contact us to discuss opportunities and gain insight into the ever-growing popularity of Caribbean fast food.

Johnson Osei, the CEO of Jerk King, initially delved into the restaurant industry as an accountant but found his true calling in Caribbean cuisine. Alongside his wife, Elizabeth, who serves as the Vice-President and Director of Operations, they’ve cultivated a friendly atmosphere where guests can savor authentic Caribbean flavors. Each restaurant in the chain reflects the Osei family’s commitment and dedication to creating not just delicious dishes but also provide excellent service to their patrons.

With a professional foundation in accounting and an ardent love for Caribbean culinary traditions, Johnson Osei envisioned opening a Caribbean eatery in Toronto in 1998, birthing what is now known as Jerk King (formerly Marcus Garvey Restaurant). Viewing Jerk King as an embodiment of Caribbean culture that he hopes to pass on to his children one day, Johnson has expansive plans for the future, including franchising and expanding to new locations, both locally and internationally. He envisions Jerk King as a cultural offering and a hub for Caribbean food enthusiasts who share his passion for delectable dishes like Jerk Chicken and Roti.

Steps to Becoming a Franchisee

Passion is at the center of all we do at Jerk King and we’re looking for franchisees who share our passion — for our brand, our food, our commitment to providing exceptional service to every customer, our treating each employee with respect, and our devotion to operating an ethical business.

Our Process is specifically designed to give us the chance to get to know each other and determine if there is a great fit.









You Can Count on Us

We want you to succeed, so you can count on us to be there with you along the way and support you where we can.



Our restaurants thrive in 800-1,200 sq. ft. in high traffic areas such as food courts. Never opened a restaurant before? Our site selection and build-out assistance will make the process smooth and easy and keep the opening schedule on track.



Our comprehensive training program is held at our corporate location in Bloomington, MN and includes both classroom and OJT. We want you to be fully prepared to operate and grow your Jerk King business.



Looking to finance your business? We can refer you to 3rd parties who understand franchising to help you get started.



We'll provide you with all the tools and support to successfully advertise and market your restaurant.

Investment Breakdown

Below are the estimated store opening costs for a single unit. Note that costs depend on location and size of the restaurant. We also offer area development. Franchising fees and costs may vary for this franchise opportunity,

Franchise Fee$30,000
Development Costs$151,500-341,500
Marketing & Advertising$25,000-45,000
Misc Costs$10,000-20,000
Total Investment Range$216,500-436,500


Candidates will need $300,000 in liquid capital and a minimum net worth of $500,000 to be eligible.

We wish we could tell you but so much depends on where you locate your business, how well you train your staff, how closely you follow our operating standards, your customer service standards and how much you market the business, what time of year you open, etc.  We recommend that you prepare a business plan and have your accountant or other professional advisor review and comment.

We estimate that you can be open between 6 and 12 months from the signing of the Franchise Agreement to opening.

Food industry experience is not required but experience in owning or managing a business is helpful.  Our training program will teach you what you need to know to operate a Jerk King restaurant.

Our focus right now is on expanding in the U.S. and Canada.  However, we’re open to expanding into new markets as long as we can provide the proper support. If you’re interested in bringing Jerk King to your country, fill out the application and let’s talk. 

Single unit franchising gives you the right to operate one Jerk King restaurant using our trademark and operating system.

We offer an Area Development Agreement for those qualified candidates looking to build a bigger business. It will give you the right and obligation to open and operate a specified number of restaurants according to an agreed timetable. You and we will agree on the size of the territory, the number of restaurants, and the opening schedule before we sign the Area Development Agreement. The fee for an Area Development Agreement is $30,000 x the number of restaurants you desire. As you open each restaurant, you will sign a Franchise Agreement for that restaurant and receive a discount of 50% off the then current initial fee.

Ready to Apply?

We look forward to welcoming you to the Jerk King family!