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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.

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At a Glance

Established: Launched in Dubai in 2013 and UK in 2016

UK Presence: 100+ UK restaurants across the UK; plans to open 78 new restaurants in the UK during 2022

Start Up Cost: £300,000

Min personal contribution: AOR

International Presence Brand has grown at great pace in the UK, Sweden and Middle East and now rapidly expanding in the USA, Canada, Saudi Arabia and across other key locations in Europe.

Development type: Multi-unit franchises




Franchise Info

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German Doner Kebab (GDK) is already taking the UK fast food industry by storm!

GDK is leading the market with its unique kebabs featuring succulent and juicy meats, proprietary toasted breads and unique sauces. As a fast casual restaurant, they deliver a service experience above QSR and their food is fresh, made to order with a mix of textures, temperatures and overall deliciousness.

Initially launched in Dubai in 2013 as a franchise, GDK soon had multiple locations opened in the UAE thanks to its appealing franchise model. They now operate over 70 restaurants across the UK, Europe, Middle East and Canada, and now rapidly expanding further across the UK and Canada, as well as in the USA, KSA and Ireland. The brand has recently confirmed its position as the UK’s fastest-growing restaurant chain after announcing that it will open 47 new restaurants in the UK during 2021.

Our mission is to become the true fast-casual restaurant brand of the future providing expectation-defying kebabs across the world.

GDK investment opportunity

German Doner Kebab came to the UK in 2016 and has grown rapidly to over 50 restaurants due to the many experienced multi-site franchisees already on board with us and the hugely experienced management team behind the brand.

There are still many opportunities for experienced franchise partners to be part of our journey and so GDK is keen to hear from ambitious, existing food retail operators from the UK and internationally.

In the UK we are looking for investors wishing to manage a multi-unit operation.  Internationally, we will consider the following partner arrangements - Master Franchises, Country Developers, Area Representatives, Multi-site and in some territories, we may consider a Joint Venture.

Investment level:  circa £300k - £500k per store

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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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GERMAN DONER KEBAB STRENGTHENS OPERATIONS TEAM TO SUPPORT GROWTH AMBITIONS

German Doner Kebab has made two new appointments to its operations team to support the fast-casual brand’s growth ambitions. Nick Scovell has been appointed Director of Operations, taking over from Michael Biggins who begins his new role as Director of Strategic Initiatives. Nick joins from LEON Restaurants, where he was Head of Franchise, leading growth strategy & scale planning for both UK and International restaurant openings.

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GERMAN DONER KEBAB HITS LANDMARK MOMENT AS IT OPENS ITS 100TH UK RESTAURANT

Famous for pioneering gourmet kebabs in the UK and worldwide, German Doner Kebab (GDK) will reach the major milestone of opening its 100th UK restaurant this week, confirming its position as the UK’s fastest-growing restaurant chain.

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HERO BRANDS APPOINTS INDUSTRY LEADER AS BOARD ADVISOR

HERO BRANDS has appointed Andrew Brattesani as a Board Advisor to support the growth and development of its brand portfolio across the globe. Andrew is an experienced and recognisable figure throughout the franchise world, as Head of Franchising at HSBC, he has led the largest commercial banking team in the UK out of its headquarters in Canary Wharf, with a portfolio of some 4,000 SME clients.

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DONER DEALS: GERMAN DONER KEBAB LAUNCHES THE "DONER 2.0" MENU

German Doner Kebab (GDK) has launched a new menu for consumers across the UK. The Doner 2.0 is GDK’s next generation menu and is packed with innovative items and unconventional twists on the traditional doner, all priced at £5 or less.  

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HERO BRANDS APPOINTS NEW GROUP CORPORATE DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR

HERO BRANDS has appointed Salman Siddiqui as its new Group Corporate Development Director, to provide further impetus to its ambitious plans to create a portfolio of cross-category, genre-defining brands of the future.

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German Doner Kebab appoints new franchise director for USA and Canada

GERMAN DONER KEBAB has appointed Mark Treptow as its new Franchise Director for the USA and Canada as the brand builds on its ambitious international growth plans. 

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