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German Doner Kebab Franchise

German Doner Kebab is a fast-casual brand that has created a premium, high quality, approach to traditional kebabs.

Chris Palmer German Doner Kebab

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Group Development Director at Hero Brands

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At a Glance

Established: 1989

UK Presence: Over 400 UK locations have now been committed to, with 101 restaurants open (150 by end of 2022).

Average start up cost: £300,000

Min personal contribution: AOR

International Presence 130 restaurants worldwide - USA, Canada, Sweden, UK, UAE

Development type: Master franchisee and Area Developer for International Development. Multi unit franchisee for UK




Franchise Info

german doner kebab menu

Revolutionizing the kebab across the globe!

German Doner Kebab is revolutionizing the kebab across the globe! Our game-changing gourmet kebabs are served in over 100 restaurants throughout the UK, Europe, North America and the Middle East – and we’re only just getting started!

Our tried and tested methods are totally different to the way other operators make their kebabs. The result is a delicious gourmet food experience that can be consumed day or night. With a strong modern brand and the promotion of quality, fresh ingredients that appeals to a broad market, "Doner Kebab" can only continue to grow and succeed.

Maintaining the authenticity and originality of our kebabs is one of the main objectives of the business and is the reason we continue to retain our market position at the top of the kebab industry.

Over 400 UK locations have now been committed to, with 101 restaurants open (150 by end of 2022).

Average unit volume in the UK is £30k per week.

With over 30 stores operating globally there are clear opportunities for seasoned franchise partners to be part of the journey.

Ideal Partner/ Financial:

  • High net worth investors
  • Food court unit (800-1,000 square feet) – investment £300k-£350k
  • Kerbside Takeaway unit – 1,000-1,500 square feet) investment £350k -£400k
  • Inline unit (1,500-2,000 square feet) – investment £450k-£500k
  • Drive Thru unit (2,500-4,000 square feet) – investment - £1m-£1.2m

Type of development partner: Master franchisee and Area Developer for International Development. Multi unit franchisee for UK

German Doner Kebab drive thru store

Chris Palmer German Doner Kebab

Interested in German Doner Kebab?

Contact Chris Palmer

Group Development Director at Hero Brands


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Case Studies

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Case Study
Interview with German Doner Kebab (GDK) multi-unit franchisee Gavin Sahota

Gavin Sahota is the current owner of 7 GDK restaurants.  Having worked his way up the career ladder at Domino’s Pizza, Gavin understands franchising and what makes an exciting brand and scaleable franchise opportunity. And so, when he started to hear good things about GDK, he decided to visit the stores and try the products, to see first-hand why everyone was talking about GDK.  Hugely impressed with the concept, he decided to take his interest further. Gavin launched his first restaurant in 2019. He now plans to add to his 7 stores, securing his future with GDK.  Read Gavin’s story.

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News

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GERMAN DONER KEBAB OPENS ITS DOORS IN FELTHAM

German Doner Kebab has opened its doors in Feltham, bringing a new fast-casual dining experience to the West London town. The new restaurant in Feltham is the brand’s 111th site in the UK as it continues to bring the GDK experience to more locations throughout the country.

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GERMAN DONER KEBAB APPOINTS NEW CHIEF PROCUREMENT OFFICER TO SUPPORT GLOBAL EXPANSION

German Doner Kebab has made a new appointment to its leadership team to support the fast-casual brand’s ambitious expansion plans. Deon Pillay joins as Chief Procurement and Sustainability Officer amidst the organisation’s ambitious global growth during 2022.

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GERMAN DONER KEBAB APPOINTS NEW CHIEF MARKETING OFFICER TO DRIVE GROWTH PLANS

German Doner Kebab has made a new appointment to its leadership team to support the fast-casual brand’s ambitious growth plans. Dr Thorsk Westphal joins as Chief Marketing Officer amidst the organisation’s plans to open 106 new GDK restaurants globally during 2022.

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HERO BRANDS SET TO OPEN 223 NEW LOCATIONS DURING 2022

Hero Brands will drive significant growth across its portfolio of brands of the future which includes German Doner Kebab, Island Poké, salad brand Choppaluna and cloud-kitchen concept Sides. Hero Brands and Dirty Bones has also recently entered into a strategic partnership to extend the growth of the Dirty Bones concept.

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GERMAN DONER KEBAB (GDK) LAUNCHES UK'S FIRST PINK KEBAB

Premium kebab chain, German Doner Kebab (GDK) is launching a bold new product that is set to disrupt the food scene and take the kebab to a whole new level. Coco & Kiki, are the UK’s first pink kebabs and the latest products to launch from GDK.

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BIGGEST MCDONALD'S FRANCHISEE IN UK SELLS OUT AND JOINS GDK

The biggest McDonald’s franchisee in the UK, Atul Pathak OBE, has sold out at the legacy brand to join the future of fast-casual dining at German Doner Kebab. Pathak is one of the nation’s most successful franchisee entrepreneurs and has been operating 43 McDonald’s restaurants and employing more than 3,500 staff for nearly two decades.

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