Samurai Noodle Franchise Licensing Program

Samurai Noodle is an authentic Japanese ramen shop based in Seattle, Washington. The company was established in 2006, and currently has three branches in Seattle, and two licensed stores in Houston, Texas. We have also just started our first ramen food truck operation.

Samurai Noodle’s specialty is Tonkotsu ramen from Japan’s Hakata (Fukuoka) region, although we do proudly serve Tokyo Shoyu ramen, Hokkaido Miso ramen, and our house original spicy ramen variations. In order to keep our Hakata Tonkotsu ramen authentic and delicious, we allow days for the broth to cook and never use pre-made or commercial ingredients. After you empty a big pot of our fully-prepared pork broth, the pork bones inside become so tender that you can easily crush them into pieces. This is what you see in traditional ramen shops in Kyushu, Japan. This is the proof of real authentic rich and thick Tonkotsu ramen. We also take pride in our homemade fresh ramen noodles, produced in-store. Because we believe that the ramen noodle is just as important as the ramen broth, Samurai Noodle’s homemade ramen noodles are not manufactured by offsite or out-of-state noodle manufacturers, nor are they frozen, like the kind of noodle you will likely find in other, less authentic stores. In our ramen, you find the sweetness of fresh noodles and feel the “Koshi”, or “bite”, that Japanese ramen enthusiasts crave. In Samurai Noodle stores, you will never find commercial, pre-packaged, or “instant” ramen soup ingredients. Our mission is to provide serious and authentic Japanese ramen shops where our customers can enjoy real, traditional Japanese ramen in the United States. Our License Program will help you master the necessary skills to make authentic Japanese ramen and give you the ability to be a Samurai Noodle franchise owner.

License Program Summary

Our Franchise Licensing Program is an inexpensive ramen training system and aims to maximize licensee profit through:

  1. NO royalty obligations
  2. Licensee purchases only Tare ingredients from Licensor. “Tare” (tah-ray) is the soup base that is the essential ingredient underlying all of Samurai Noodle’s authentic ramen soup items.
  3. Licensee purchases all other ingredients from its vendors directly with no mark-up charged by the licensor. This is how we can maximize the licensee’s profits. Licensor will offer full support to the Licensee to find appropriate vendors for any and all ingredients. *
  4. Licensee purchases only the Licensee Training Service when the License Agreement is made, and will not be required to pay any other licensing fees going forward. **
  5. Licensee purchases all equipment from vendors directly. The Licensor will offer full support to the Licensee to procure such equipment. *
  6. Licensee can employ their own construction company and architect to design the store. The Licensor will offer full support to the Licensee in the design of the store and planning of the kitchen with no cost.*
  7. Licensor respects the Licensee’s local demand, and the Licensee will be able to serve their own original menu items with consent and under supervision of the Licensor.
  8. Licensor will not sell the Licensee any supplies, equipment, ingredients (aside from Tare), or any other items related to store operation once the Licensee begins their store operation unless the Licensee requests.
  9. Licensor trains the Licensee for the preparation of homemade ramen noodles. Licensee must use the same noodle-making machine that the Licensor uses, however. Licensee may purchase the machine directly from the vendor. Licensor will offer full support to the Licensee to procure such equipment*

* Support offered at no charge

**See Budget for more information on costs and fees

Budget

You may now be wondering about the cost of running an authentic Japanese ramen shop. Below are some budget samples for a few different sizes of store formats based on our experience.

Please note that construction, architect, and permit costs are widely different between different cities/states due to various discrepancies, such as wages and cost of living. Therefore, you may want to receive more concrete estimates from a local construction company. The below estimate assumes $75 per square feet, and factors the architect charge as 7% of the construction budget.

Budget Estimate

Floor Size 700 Sq. Ft. 1700 Sq. Ft.
Number of Seats 20 45
     
Samurai Noodle Training Fees    
Master Training Service $17,500 $17,500
Grand Opening and Site Training* $15,000 $15,000
*Accommodations for Trainer $7,000 $7,000
Total Training Fees $39,500 $39,500
     
New Equipment Costs    
Equipment $30,000 $40,000
Ventilation & Hood Installation $25,000 $30,000
Construction $52,500 $127,500
Architect $3,700 $9,000
Noodle Machine $35,000 $35,000
City-County-State Permits $8,000 $8,000
Total New Equipment Costs $154,200 $249,500
     
* Your budget can be lowered by purchasing used equipment, negotiating construction costs, ect.    
Grand Total $193,700 $289,000

Sales, Cost, Labor, etc.,

If you are interested in becoming a licensed Samurai Noodle franchise owner, or have any more questions regarding our License program, please contact us so we can share more information with you.

Master Training Service

We require the Licensee to take part in 3 full weeks worth of training days, not counting any days off.

Generally, you will spend about 2 days learning store service and operations, 6 days to master noodle making, 6 days for prep training, and 7 days for ramen cooking. This is the fast-track option and assumes good memorization and physical and learning skills. However, the longer the better, and in order to feel truly comfortable and prepared for opening day, we recommend you spend an additional week becoming acquainted with store operations, or even more if your time allows. We will not charge additional fees for a longer training period; however, you must consider the cost of accommodations for yourself throughout the training program.

We expect the Licensee to respect the training program and approach it with seriousness and dedication. As Licensors, we have to ensure that you obtain the skills necessary to become an independent ramen shop owner without relying on the Licensor for additional support. Of course, this provision is made in order for you to maximize your store profits.

Grand Opening and Site training

We will dispatch two of our Master Trainers to the Licensee’s store during opening day to supervise its grand opening operations and train its employees for 21 days.

After Service

The Licensor is happy to provide additional training and other support per Licensee request after the grand opening, for a fee. However, unlike other franchise owners, we do not obligate the Licensee to purchase any unnecessary services or products from the Licensor.

Exclusive Agreement

If the Licensee is interested in a drafting a license agreement in order to become a Master Licensee for its desired territory, the Licensor is happy to discuss this matter.

Contact

If you are interested in becoming an authentic Japanese ramen shop owner and starting an exciting and fulfilling partnership with Samurai Noodle, please feel free to contact:

Ryo Izawa

Founder

Samurai Noodle Inc.

ryo@samurainoodle.com