Entrepreneur Franchise 500 Rank: 296

Initial investment: $527,800 to $1,472,200

Initial franchise fee: $24,000 to $55,000

New units in 2016: 11 units (15.7 percent)

Could you think of a more mountain-like, autumn-sounding name than Black Bear Diners? Founded in 1995, Black Bear Diners has 71 restaurants across the United States as of 2016 (compared to just 51 in 2011), despite the somewhat steep cost of investment. 

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