Become a Gold Star Chili Franchisee

In 1965, the four Daoud brothers made good on their American Dream of owning a successful business. Working odd jobs and attending college, the brothers scraped together $1,200 and combined it with cash advances on vending machines to buy their first restaurant, Hamburger Heaven in Cincinnati’s Mt. Washington neighborhood. Included with the restaurant was a recipe for Cincinnati-style chili. With much tinkering and reformulation of the recipe, the brothers settled on what has become one of Cincinnati’s classic tastes.

To this day, the spice blend that gives Gold Star Chili its unique flavor is a closely guarded secret that remains within the family. The brothers created a product to exacting specifications and perfected its preparation and in doing so, created one of Cincinnati’s most iconic brands.

Today, the Gold Star Chili brand has applied over 50 years of time-tested systems and processes to grow to over 80 locations in Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana. With our unique and cravable menu, simple operating model, strong brand identity and dedicated management team, Gold Star Chili offers the right investor single or multiple unit development opportunities.

We are currently seeking new franchise relationships in Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana in communities within a 200-mile radius of our Cincinnati based commissary facility.


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