The Original Mels is even more exciting than it has been at any time in its 66 year history. With locations throughout Northern California and Reno, The Original Mels restaurants are an icon of life during the fabulous fifties in American.

Take a scroll down memory lane, or better yet, jump in the car and cruise over to your local Original Mels and escape to a time when fun was allowed, the food was simple and delicious and the service was friendly and fast.

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Part of our heritage is one of the best coming of age movies every made, American Graffiti, by George Lucas. And the Original Mels locations all sport memorabilia of the time the movie was set. Eating at The Original Mels is as much about the American culture as it is about great food and service. Join us today!

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American Graffi Movie still
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Would you like to franchise with The Original Mels?

The Original Mels has achieved exceptional sales and growth results with a winning formula — one of the best in the restaurant industry.

Only The Original Mels offers:

•Brand strength and longevity
•A range of investment options
•Strong unit economics
•Unmatched systems and support
•Striking designs, memorabilia, merchandising and high-performing operations
•Extraordinary customer value and quality
•Impressive same-store sales
•Company average unit volume of nearly $2.6 million
•Movie tie-ins and memorabilia
•Training and systems that will help you be a success
•Award-winning marketing and promotions

The Original Mels support team is ready to work with you, as you begin your journey opening your very own Mels.

Check with The Original Mels Inc. First!

The first step to owning your own The Original Mels branded restaurant is to make sure that we are offering franchisee opportunities in your market. Mels isn’t available in many areas, and we are very selective about where the Mels brand will be franchised. We are actively seeking owner-operators in select markets. Contact our director of franchise for information about site locations and qualifications.

To get started, email and our director of franchise will walk you through the process of owning a The Original Mels of your very own!