We are looking for franchisees

Zócalo offers a tried and tested franchise concept. We have operated Mexican Fast Food restaurants since 2002. Everything from food preparations to marketing is a part of our franchise offering. To our franchisees we offer great online support as well as face-to-face support and regular visits to their restaurants.

Zócalo restaurants can have between 1-10 staff working at the same time. The concept has been developed in the high-wage market of Sweden, and therefore there is an intense focus on making everything efficient and easy for the staff to handle.

We use the latest modern technology. All our ordering, inventory and quality controls are done in a modern online system. Our franchisees have access to an online report system with up to the minute sales and labor costs.

For our guests we offer a modern app in which the customer can order and pay ahead. All online orders (including from external delivery services) come up on our kitchen displays and are handled alongside orders from within the restaurant. We also offer kiosks for high-volume restaurants where guests can order and pay instead of using the regular cash registers.

Zócalo originated in the Taqueriors and the street food in the Mission District of San Francisco. An area where traditional Mexican cuisine meets the fresh Californian food culture. We call our food philosophy Fresh Fresh Mex – Mexican food made from scratch with carefully selected ingredients.

From day one, we have focused on selling top quality Mexican fast food. We even tell you exactly what ingredients are in our food through our Honest Menu and Honest Note initiative. We focus on buying good raw materials and always have more organic products on our menu. We also have a great focus on serving food that is suitable for vegetarians and vegans.

Zócalo is a concept that has been elaborated into the smallest detail, a turnkey concept. Everything from the restaurant’s appearance to the food, packaging and self control within the restaurant. We are expanding and looking for franchisees for our concept.

We are looking for franchisees in these areas:


We are looking for master franchisee or local area developers in the UK.


We are looking for area developer in Skåne and franchisees in Stockholm and other cities.

The Netherlands

We are looking for Master Franchise for Finland or Area Developer for Helsinki.


We are looking for master franchisee or local area developers in the US.


We are looking for a Master Franchise for Norway or Area Developer for Oslo.

Other markets

Do you think Zócalo would be perfect for your market? Tell us more about yourself using the form below.


We are looking for master franchisee or local area developers in Germany.


We are looking for Master Franchise for Finland or Area Developer for Helsinki.

Our Franchisees

Jonas and Malin run four Zócalo restaurants in Göteborg. Previously, they both have long experience at McDonald's in Kal-mar and Göteborg.

“We are absolutely convinced that tasty, healthy and fresh food is the future. And we want to be part of the journey to spread Mexican food, and to build a strong brand. Zócalo as a franchisor works with family, and with values. Our Franchisor is a good listener, and decisions can be made quickly. An important assessment is that we as a Franchisee are allowed to influence a lot of decisions and where we are going in the future. ”

Jimmy and Søren have the master franchise rights for Zócalo in Denmark. They currently have three restaurants with two more opening in the next year. Previously they worked with McDonald’s and Shell.

“Zócalo is a fantastic concept. I really love the food and the focus on healthiness. We also love how the restaurants look great and the concept can handle extremely high volumes like we see during the summertime at our restaurant in Tivoli amusement park in Copenhagen. We’ve gotten fantastic support from the head office and they are always just a phone call away. They have given us all the tools and information we need to succeed in our market.”

Financial Information

For a franchisee to open a Zócalo restaurant, there are the following franchise related costs:

  • Initial Franchise fee (one-off, fixed sum)
  • Franchise fee (recurring fee, based on turnover)
  • Shared Marketing fee (recurring fee, based on turnover)

The average cost of opening a Zócalo restaurant (assuming a restaurant size of around 150-200 square meters.  Food court locations are less expensive).

  • Kitchen equipment €45.000
  • Bar and dining area furniture and equipment €90.000
  • Construction costs including ventilation: €80.000-150.000 (depending on location)
  • Other initial costs: €20.000
  • Total costs: €235.000-€305.000 (depending on location)

Food court locations cost around €130.000 to build.

We give you

  • An award-winning concept (Zócalo is the Fast Food Restaurant of the Year in Sweden 2013)
  • Decorating and planning your Zócalo restaurant
  • Project management at startup
  • Common cash system with direct connection to guest orders via app or our website.
  • Common system for self-control
  • Common system for scheduling and stamping staff
  • Finished cooperation agreement with suppliers of selected products
  • Training
  • Ongoing support
  • Joint marketing
  • Product development
  • Conferences and meetings with other franchisees

We want you to

  • love our restaurant concept;
  • have an organized budget with room for investment;
  • to be outgoing and social and with experience in guest contact;
  • consider your investment from a long-term perspective;
  • have a business sense and is service- and quality-oriented.

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