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How Much Does a Drive-Thru Cost?

January 25, 2023 / by Jean Jones


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If you have been on our website looking at our drive-thru equipment, it is very likely that you are wondering, "how much is this going to cost?" It is a very normal and reasonable question that we get from potential customers every day. The short answer is, "it depends," but that probably does not help you much. To put some meat on that bone, we decided to answer it here: "How Much Does a Drive-Thru Cost?" In this article, we cover:

  • The cost of the menu boards themselves, including the differences between digital and printed graphics. 
  • The cost of a number of possible add-ons - things that will enhance your drive-thru to make it a good experience for your guests while building your brand.
  • We also have many suggestions on what questions you should be asking any vendor before deciding. 

Having installed thousands of drive-thrus all over the U.S., Canada, Central America and the Caribbean, we have seen just about everything, and our team is equipped to help you through the process with as much or as little guidance as you need. As you consider purchasing a drive-thru, this pricing guide will help you develop a budget and be ready for all the steps, and plan for ownership costs.

We expect you will have some questions after you have read the post. We are happy to answer them.

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Topics: Drive-Thru, Gary Kurtz

Jean Jones

Written by Jean Jones

Jean Jones started in restaurant marketing in 1996 when she and her husband operated two fine dining restaurants in Wisconsin. After a detour into marketing for a real estate development firm, she returns to the restaurant industry with The Howard Company.