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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
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    Darden to buy Ruth’s Hospitality Group for $715M

    This deal is likely the largest restaurant acquisition in the U.S. so far this year, as other transactions have involved small chains or companies that didn’t disclose financial terms. 

    By May 3, 2023
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    SPB Hospitality completes merger with Krystal Restaurants

    The QSR, which will continue to operate independently, will join SPB’s portfolio that includes J. Alexander’s and Logan’s Road House. 

    By April 27, 2023
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    Yum completes exit of Russia with sale of KFC units

    The sale to local operator Smart Service includes all 1,112 Russian KFC units and the trademark for the Rostik’s brand, which KFC bought in 2011. 

    By April 18, 2023
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    Port of Subs acquired by private equity firm

    Area 15 Ventures looks to grow franchise sales in its portfolio, which includes Daddy’s Chicken Shack alongside Port of Subs, by 140% in 18 months.

    By April 4, 2023
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    Main Squeeze Juice Co. acquires I Love Juice Bar

    The deal will almost double Main Squeeze’s unit count of 28 stores and give it a strong presence in Texas and Tennessee. 

    By March 28, 2023
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    Firebirds Wood Fired Grill acquired by private equity firm

    Garnett Station Partners bought the polished-casual chain, which has 56 locations in 20 states, with plans to help it accelerate growth. 

    By March 27, 2023
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    Toast buys Delphi Display Systems adding to QSR product suite

    Delphi offers digital display and drive-thru technology designed for QSRs and comes a year after Toast bought Sling to enhance employee scheduling. 

    By Feb. 16, 2023