M&A


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    Inspire Brands buys delivery tech firm Vromo

    The parent company of Dunkin’ and Buffalo Wild Wings bought the firm for an undisclosed sum, marking its first deal since its $11.3 billion Dunkin’ buy. 

    By Feb. 13, 2024
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    Flynn Group reportedly seeking $5B majority stake sale

    The country’s largest franchisee has about $4.5 billion in annual sales and grew much of its portfolio in recent years through various acquisitions. 

    By Feb. 12, 2024
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    Craveworthy Brands buys major stake in Dirty Dough Cookies

    This deal marks Craveworthy’s first investment in a snack brand, and reflects growing restaurant interest in concepts and menus that target diner spending between traditional dayparts. 

    By Jan. 24, 2024
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    Thai Union Group looks to sell stake in Red Lobster

    The seafood group, which been a minority stakeholder in Red Lobster since 2016, said it decided to divest after ongoing financial troubles at the chain.

    By Jan. 17, 2024
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    RBI to acquire Carrols Restaurant Group for $1B

    The transaction, which is expected to close in Q2, will accelerate the pace of the franchisee’s Burger King remodels from 45 to 120 annually.

    By Jan. 16, 2024
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    Chowly buys digital marketing platform Targetable

    The addition of the marketing technology will allow Chowly to help its restaurant clients boost their online ordering traffic.  

    By Jan. 4, 2024
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    Tropical Smoothie Cafe reportedly seeking $2B sale

    This marks the second possible restaurant acquisition in progress this month, with Reuters reporting that Chuck E. Cheese’s parent company is seeking a $1 billion sale.

    By Dec. 21, 2023
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    Chuck E. Cheese’s parent company reportedly seeking sale

    CEC Entertainment is preparing for an auction with a target valuation of $1 billion, per Reuters.

    By Dec. 19, 2023
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    The 5 biggest restaurant M&A deals of 2023

    M&A has been slow since the end of 2022, but a handful of large deals were struck, including Darden’s buyout of Ruth’s Hospitality and Subway’s proposed sale to Roark.

    By Dec. 15, 2023
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    FTC reportedly investigating Roark’s Subway purchase

    The agency began an investigation this month, Politico reports. The FTC is concerned the deal could create a monopoly in the sandwich segment, as Roark Capital also owns Arby’s, Jimmy John’s and related chains. 

    By Nov. 22, 2023
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    Chicken Salad Chick buys Piece of Cake to expand dessert menu

    The acquisition of the Georgia-based cake chain will likely help Chicken Salad Chick compete with the broader menus of fast casual rivals.

    By Nov. 2, 2023
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    Fat Brands buys Smokey Bones for $30M

    Smokey Bones is Fat Brands’ first barbecue chain and could benefit from Fat’s aggressive franchising strategy.

    By Sept. 26, 2023
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    What Roark deal means for Subway franchisees

    Under its new owner, the sandwich chain could see more rapid expansion, but operators may still be challenged by low store-level profitability.

    By Aug. 31, 2023
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    Subway to be acquired by Roark Capital

    After a monthslong sales process, Roark emerged as the winning bidder with a reported purchase price over $9 billion. 

    By Aug. 24, 2023
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    Fogo de Chão to be acquired by Bain Capital

    Rhône Capital is selling the full-service chain after it bought it in 2018 for $560 million. Under new ownership, Fogo de Chão plans to aggressively expand. 

    By Updated Aug. 15, 2023
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    Fiesta Restaurant Group will sell to Authentic Restaurant Brands

    Fiesta will go private as part of the roughly $220 million deal, and its leadership team will continue to operate fast casual chain Pollo Tropical as an independent brand.

    By Aug. 7, 2023
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    Top restaurant M&A deals of H1 2023

    From industry consolidation to Subway looking to sell itself, the first half of the year saw healthy transaction activity across multiple restaurant segments.

    By July 5, 2023
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    Pinstripes partners with SPAC to go public

    The 13-unit eatertainment concept could go public in a deal with Banyan Acquisition Corp., with the combined companies worth $520 million.

    By June 23, 2023
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    C3 founder Sam Nazarian buys Nextbite

    Nextbite’s delivery-only brands, and its partnerships with restaurants like IHOP and Nathan’s Famous, will continue under SBE Hospitality’s umbrella.

    By Updated June 14, 2023
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    Nextbite sells Ordermark US business to Indian software firm UrbanPiper

    The transaction comes just a few weeks after Nextbite laid off an undisclosed number of employees, with some workers reporting the company would restructure. 

    By June 10, 2023
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    Southpaw acquires 40 Taco bell units in Atlanta

    The franchisee, which operates 180 restaurants, said this transaction will add geographic diversity and grow its Taco Bell network.

    By June 9, 2023
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    Corner Bakery accepts $15M bid from SSCP Restaurant Investors

    SSCP, which bought the company’s debt earlier this year, outbid stalking horse bidder Wexford Capital during an auction held last week. 

    By June 5, 2023
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    Activist investor may pressure Yelp to sell, reports say

    TCS Capital Management wants Yelp to explore strategic alternatives, such as selling itself, as a way to boost shareholder value, per The Wall Street Journal. 

    By May 23, 2023
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    Private investor seeks $12M buyout of bankrupt Corner Bakery

    The stalking horse bidder, an affiliate of Wexford Capital, has proposed to buy the company during an auction expected to occur next week. 

    By May 23, 2023
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    Deliverect acquires ChatFood, offers dine-in ordering

    Deliverect will roll out new products in the coming months so restaurants can offer ordering via social media and QR codes for dine-in guests.

    By May 10, 2023