Hotshots Sports Bar and Grill is an interactive sports bar venue featuring an extensive menu, full selection of bottled and draft beers along with locations featuring pool tables, darts, video games and televisions.  We offer the best in sports programming on high definition televisions.  Our motto, “All the Games, All the Time” is something we stand by firmly. We offer our guests the chance to get out of their seat and enjoy interactive promotions, activities, games and fun beyond just watching the game. The Hotshots Sports Bar & Grill food menu has been perfected over the past 25 years and is quick to prepare and simply delicious. Nightly specials and promotions keep the atmosphere fun and ever changing so our guests always have a great experience and return for more fun.  We want our customers to participate in pool, darts and other activities to give them a vast experience beyond “going to the bar.”

Hotshots Sports Bar & Grill franchises receive unparalleled support in all aspects of their new business to make Hotshots one of the top sports bar franchises available for franchising in the market today. We support our franchisees through the entire process from site selection, demographic analysis, lease negotiation, finance assistance, construction, pre-opening training, Grand Opening support, continued operational support, and Marketing/Promotional Support. Our franchise team is there to assist you in every step along the way to set your new business up for success.
Dan and Julie Volmert recognized the need for a true sports bar & grill in the St. Louis market more than 20 years ago.  They created Hotshots Sports Bar and Grill in 1990 to meet that need with a unique combination of “All The Games, All The Time” pool, darts, video games, and food.   Since 1990, Dan and Julie have been continuously involved with improving the Hotshots system and growing the brand.  We have become a leader in the marketing of products and a dynamic trend setter whose concept is continually mimicked but never successfully copied.  

In addition to the activities, Hotshots Sports Bar and Grill provides a diverse menu with appetizers, soup, salads, sandwiches, pizza, burgers and entrees as well as lunch specials everyday.  We have become famous for our “Hotshots Hot Wings” and “St. Louis Style Pizza.” 

As part of our community stewardship, Hotshots Sports Bar and Grill has chosen Wonderland Camp as the focus of our charitable endeavors.  Wonderland Camp is a respite camp located in the heart of Lake Ozark, Missouri.  Wonderland Camp provides a camping experience for those individuals, primarily children and teens, who live with a disability. The camp is staffed with counselors who work closely with the campers, in some cases, one on one, to introduce them to outdoor activities that they would otherwise be unable to enjoy. Hotshots has also sponsored countless events to raise money for the families of fallen police officers, MacAntee, Ballman and Biggs, all of the Kirkwood, Missouri Police Department.

Hotshots has been a hands-on family owned business for over 25 years.  The Volmert's have extended their family beliefs and practices to the store managers and upper management throughout the company. Many of our management and employee personnel have been with us for over 15 years.  Now they hope to share these beliefs and practices with their franchisees. 
Hotshots uses a unique combination of Sports, Food and Games to differentiate itself from other sports bars, restaurants and grills in our marketing efforts. Our dedicated “hands on” approach has allowed us to define and refine operational procedures to maximize profitability. Our marketing techniques have proven to drive customers to Hotshots locations time and time again. The menu is delicious and designed to target our customer while, at the same time, simplified for quick and easy kitchen preparation. Hotshots has more than 20 years of proven success to share with our franchisees!
As a “hands on” operational driven company, Hotshots Sports Bar and Grill knows what it takes to operate a Hotshots Sports Bar & Grill franchise.  As a Hotshots franchisee, you have the opportunity to benefit from this dedicated experience and knowledge.  We view each franchise as an extension of the Hotshots family and their success is our top priority.  It is important to us to provide attention to each franchisee to help them achieve their maximum potential. This attention is provided by our Corporate Support Team.

Site Selection and Lease Negotiations are a very important part of the opening process.  Our National Real Estate team will assist you with the demographic analysis of your market, identify premier location in the market, and negotiate favorable lease terms.  Our goal is to find a great location with favorable terms for you!

Each Franchisee has a dedicated Project Manager assigned to their opening.  The Hotshots Project Manager will work closely with the architect, contractor, and you to ensure your location is opened in a timely and cost efficient manner.

Prior to opening your Hotshots Sports Bar & Grill you will attend a six week training program at one or more of the corporate training facilities.  During this time you will learn all aspects of operating a Hotshots and once completed will be ready to operate your own Hotshots.

A few days prior and several days after the Grand Opening our Hotshots Certified Trainers will work with you at your location.  Our Trainers will assist the back of the house, front of the house and franchisee to ensure a smooth Grand Opening.

During day to day operations, questions and situations may arise that you will needs assistance with.  Our dedicated Support Specialist has years of “hands on” experience.  They are available daily to assist you.

Hotshots understands the importance of capturing every opportunity to increase sales.  Hotshots marketing package is designed to increase revenues on a daily basis.  Even more important there is always a promotion going on at Hotshots and it’s never the “same old bar”. Your Support Specialist will assist you with implementing the promotions at your Hotshots. Check out our latest marketing and promotional campaigns in our BLOG by clicking HERE.
Joining a Franchise and opening a business is a big decision.  Hotshots’ goal is to provide you with a full arsenal of resources and information that you will need to make this decision.  The first step in this process is to complete a franchise information request form. Once submitted you will be contacted by a Hotshots representative for an initial discussion.

The following steps should be expected during the Hotshots franchise process to determine if we are the right fit for you and if you are the right fit for us:   

- Complete the franchise information request form
- Initial 15 – 20 minute chat on the phone 
- Complete personal application
- Attend a Discovery Day
- Review FDD and Franchise Agreement
- Complete a personal interview
Single Unit Franchise Fee - $45,000
5% Royalty Fee
2% Advertising Fee

No Experience Required
Ambitious, Energetic, Passionate
Business Building & Marketing Skills
Team Building & Employee Relations Skills
Great Customer Service Skills

What you are lacking we can teach you!!

How much money can I make owning a Hotshots Franchise?
We provide some basic financial operating information in our Franchise Disclosure Document (FDD), which will be provided to you after receipt of a full application.

Do I need restaurant operating experience to own a Hotshots Sports Bar and Grill?
No, but it is preferred.  As an experienced restaurant operator, the learning curve of the business and industry will be far less.

What is the process to become a Hotshots Sports Bar and Grill franchisee?
Your first step is to submit the franchise information request form found on this website. Once we have received that from you, we will contact you to have an initial discussion and determine if you meet the primary qualifications we seek. Once determined that you qualify, we will send you our Franchise Disclosure Document and you and we can both engage in the conversations and meetings to provide all of us with the information we need to make a decision on beginning what we hope to be a long and successful relationship.

What is the term of my franchise agreement?
The initial term is for a period of 10 years, after which you can renew in 10 year increments pursuant to the Franchise Agreement and lease availability. 

Will my territory be protected?
We grant each franchisee a territory protected from us establishing other traditional restaurant locations.

Does Hotshots Sports Bar and Grill help with site selection?
We will work with you in your search for an available site by recommending a commercial real estate broker already familiar with the Hotshots Sports Bar and Grill demographics. We will then offer assistance in site analysis and site selection.

What is the total investment for a Hotshots Sports Bar and Grill?
Investments vary, depending on the size, location, market, and on other factors such as whether it is a free-standing building or a strip center location.  We estimate that your initial investment will be between $448,000 and $828,000. 
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Note: The information provided on this website is not intended as an offer to sell, or the solicitation of an offer to buy a franchise. An offer or solicitation can only be made by a franchise disclosure document. This communication is not directed to residents of any jurisdiction that requires registration of a franchise prior to offering and selling a franchise in such jurisdiction. No franchises will be sold to any resident of any such jurisdiction until the offering has been registered and declared effective by such jurisdiction and the required offering circular has been delivered to the prospective franchisee in compliance with applicable law.  At the present time, we have elected not to register in any of the following states, and therefore, do not and cannot solicit franchise sales in or direct offers to these states: [list of all of the following unless and until you've been registered: California, Hawaii, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, North Dakota, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Virginia, Washington and Wisconsin.