Franchise Development

After cementing our legacy within Chicagoland, we’re looking to partner with great people that share our values to help us expand. Join us in bringing Buona to a neighborhood near you!

Current Offerings

We have a number of franchise model options available to fit your needs.

Free Standing w/ Drive Thru

Drive-Thru – Offering drive-thru options in the post-COVID world are critical to fast-casual success. Our locations have mastered the art of the drive-thru customer experience, efficiently moving customers through the line while still providing an incredible experience.


In-Line – Is your location a little tight on space? No problem. Our in-line model is compact, efficient, and ideal for any location that’s tight on car space or parking.

Buona x Rainbow Cone Dual Brand Free-Standing

Did we mention we also operate one of Chicagoland’s most famous ice cream shops? Rainbow Cone is a south-side Chicago institution, and we’ve been fortunate enough to help expand the brand’s presence over the past few years. Make your location even more attractive to families by offering a world-class dessert menu and create additional traffic during off-peak dining hours all from the same location.

Please note, this franchising opportunity is offered through Rainbow Cone as a separate franchise. For more information, visit or contact our franchising team. 

Investment and fees

$2,700,600 to $5,081,067

Free Standing
w/ Drive Thru

$1,271,480 to $1,803,172


$2,953,859 to $5,570,392

Buona x Rainbow Cone Dual Brand Free-Standing

Please note, this franchising opportunity is offered through Rainbow Cone as a separate franchise. For more information, visit or contact our franchising team.
$40,000 to $60,000

Franchise Fee

20% discount on Area Development Agreements*** (1st location at normal rate, then 20% discount on subsequent locations)
4% to 7%

Royalty Fees

1.5% to 2%

Marketing Fees


Technology Fees

Available Markets and Territories

Market Criteria

Population: 40k in primary trade area

Median Household Income: ~$100k

Home Ownership: Prefer areas with high home ownership percentage

Age Groups: Prefer areas with a high concentration of families

Ethnicity: Menu appeals to a broad consumer audience

Available Markets: Florida, Texas, Arizona, Michigan, Minnesota, Indiana, Wisconsin, Missouri, Ohio, Iowa

Real Estate and Construction Support

Our in-house real estate, construction, and design teams provide franchisees with the support and services they need to open new restaurants; from assistance with market analysis and site selection to vendor contacts and construction plans 

Locations and Prototype Gallery

Franchisee Requirements



Relevant restaurant/retail and management experience


Solid business track record and financial acumen


Excellent leadership /motivational skills


Positive demeanor and ability to handle conflict


Entrepreneurial tendencies paired with an ability to implement existing systems


Excellent oral/written communication skills

Operational Requirements


At least one leader with franchise restaurant operations experience


Operating owner with at least 10% ownership stake in the franchise

Get in touch

Feeling hungry for success? Find out how you can join the family and open your very own Buona location.