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What is Tin Drum Asiacafé?

Founded in 2003, Tin Drum was created to reflect the bustling street-side cafés found throughout Asia. With the limited service operating model of fast casual and the dining experience of full casual, Tin Drum Asiacafé is setting a new standard for the Fast Casual Dining franchise model. We call it “Fresh Casual.” Our menu carries bold and broad flavor profiles; all food is cooked fresh to order in an open kitchen; the food is delivered to the guest at their table rather than being picked up at a counter; all this taking place in an environment with an elevated décor meant to evoke a bustling Asian street market.

Who is the Tin Drummer?

Legend has it that in ancient times, a Tin Drummer walked the streets, calling the locals into cafés, filled with laughter, music and conversation against the clamor of sizzling woks. There was no rich or poor, young or old — everyone delighted equally in the simple joy of the foods they loved. The Tin Drummer was the pulse of the community and an inspiration for us.

Join the Tin Drummer

Just like the Tin Drummer brings people and communities together, we are looking for people who want to bring Tin Drum Asiacafé to their community. Our preference is to work with franchise partners who wish to own and operate at least three Tin Drum locations in the same market area. We also prefer to work with individuals and groups that have some form of restaurant operations and ownership experience.

How do I become a Tin Drummer?

If you are interested in learning more about the Tin Drum restaurant franchise opportunity, we want to hear from you. Please complete the Request Information form. Once we receive this, we will contact you to discuss how the Tin Drum Asiacafé franchise is setting a new standard in fast casual dining.

Financial Performance

As disclosed in our current Franchise Disclosure Document, the average gross sales for Tin Drum restaurants that had been open for at least 2 years as of 12/31/2012 was $1,045,815*. If you are interested in learning more about the operating performance of our locations, we will invite you to speak with our existing franchise partners once we engage in more formal discussions about the Tin Drum franchise opportunity. *Of the five restaurants whose data were used, two (40%) actually attained or surpassed the stated results. See Item 19 of our Franchise Disclosure Document for more information. A new franchisee’s individual financial results may be different.

Financial Requirements

The costs to open a Tin Drum Asiacafé location range from $272,000 to $479,500. This includes an initial franchise fee of $35,000. This investment range includes the cost of furniture, fixtures, seating, kitchen equipment, signage, initial inventory of food products, etc. This range does not take into account that in many cases where you lease space, the landlord will provide Tenant Improvement Allowance dollars to be used to bring the space to the mechanical and structural requirements we need. If you do receive this assistance from a landlord, your costs to open a Tin Drum may be lowered.

Franchise Partner Financial Requirements

Multi-Unit Development – $500,000 in cash available to invest and a net worth of at least $1,500,000

Locations & Markets

Today, there are 11 Tin Drum locations open in Atlanta, Athens and Augusta, with additional locations under development in these and other markets. We are primarily focused on opening restaurants in the Southeast United States. We will also consider development agreements in other markets if the franchisee has experience owning and operating multiple locations and is able to commit to opening multiple units.

We prefer to be located in lifestyle centers or mixed-use developments with lots of foot traffic and a good mix of other national and local tenants. We will also consider well-positioned neighborhood shopping centers; urban/downtown locations with strong daytime population and foot traffic; and areas near college and university campuses.

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Our key areas for growth are listed below but we will also consider development agreements in other markets.

Georgia: Savannah

Florida: Miami/Ft. Lauderdale; West Palm Beach; Orlando; Jacksonville; Gainesville; Tallahassee; Ft. Myers/Naples

Alabama: Birmingham; Huntsville; Tuscaloosa; Mobile; Montgomery

North Carolina: Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill; Charlotte; Wilmington; Greensboro/Winston-Salem

South Carolina: Greenville/Spartanburg; Charleston; Columbia

In the news.

Check out our recent press and press announcements to see what we’re up to and what other people are saying about Tin Drum Asiacafé:


Atlanta Magazine’s Best of Atlanta Edition: “Best New Fast Food” – 2004

Atlanta Magazine: “101 Favorite Restaurants” – 2005

Atlanta Magazine:  “101 Favorite Restaurants” – 2006

Atlanta Business Chronicle: “Atlanta’s Best Places to Work” – 2013

We’re here for you.

Having you succeed is our number one goal. Through our years of direct experience operating Tin Drum locations ourselves, we have developed an efficient operating platform that allows you to maximize revenues, reduce operating costs and provide a tremendous product and experience to our guests. Let us tell you more about it. We’ll look forward to hearing from you!

Find Out More.

To request more information about a Tin Drum Asiacafé “fresh casual” franchise and to be contacted by a member of our team, please complete the form below. All information is confidential and secure. All fields are required.