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All success stories have
a wonderful beginning

In 1948, John Ritter of Chicago, Illinois, had an after-school job working at a local ice cream shop. One of the best perks of the job was getting to eat ice cream just out of the machine—before it had been packed and frozen solid. The experience of tasting smooth, creamy, fresh-made Frozen Custard made an indelible impression on young John.

After the Navy and 35 year career in animation, John decided to retire. One of his six children said to him: “Every time we stopped at an ice cream shoppe you said you’d like to own one someday. This is your chance.” Remembering his high school experience with fresh ice cream, John decided to open a genuine, old-fashioned ice cream shoppe. One that would serve premium ice cream, made fresh all day long. John and wife Bonny began to sample ice throughout the Midwest, the East and beyond. The more the Ritter’s learned about ice cream, the more they appreciated an ultra-premium 100 years old French recipe of ice cream called “Frozen Custard.” After perfecting their own Frozen Custard recipe, John and Bonny opened the first Ritter’s Frozen Custard shoppe in Franklin, Indiana, in 1989. To this day the John and Bonny Ritter operate their original location under the TRUFOODS, LLC family of brands.

TRUFOODS, LLC, our New York City parent company, was created by former Goya Foods Vice President and COO Andy Unanue. Under Mr. Unanue’s guidance, TRUFOODS owns and operates some of the most highly regarded food franchise names in America including Ritter's Frozen Custard, Wall Street Deli, Naked Chicken Co. and Arthur Treacher's Fish & Chips comprising roughly 40 locations nationwide with annual system wide sales of approximately $10 million. TRUFOODS' goal is to grow its existing brands, doubling our number of units over the next five years.

Today, Ritter’s Frozen Custard is headquartered in New York City, NY with shoppes all across the Midwest. You can also find us in other parts of the country, including Florida and Texas.


  • Founded 1989
  • Ultra-premium custard (now adding gourmet burger to menu)
  • Acquired by TRUFOODS, LLC in 2008
  • 21 units and 21 in development in 5 states
  • Targeting growth in Texas, Florida, Indiana, Ohio, NY, NJ, and select international markets
  • Foot print: 1900 to 2500 sq. ft
  • Term 10 year primary lease
  • End cap-or-in line-or-free standing
  • Patio seating preferred
  • Servicing multi-daypart: lunch - dinner - after dinner
  • Typical turnkey investment:
  • End-cap and in-line: $358,000 to $589,400
  • Free standing: $469,000 to $899,500*
  • *These are only estimates. Please, refer to Item 7 in our UFDD.

DISCLAIMER: This web site does not constitute the offer of a franchise. The offer and sale of a franchise can only be made through the delivery and receipt of a Ritter’s Frozen Custard Franchise Disclosure Document (FDD). There are certain states that require the registration of a FDD before the franchisor can advertise or offer the franchise in that state. Ritter’s Frozen Custard may not be registered in all of the registration states and may not offer franchises to residents of those states or to persons wishing to locate a franchise in those states.