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Zoe’s Kitchen starts proposed IPO

Zoe’s Kitchen has commenced the underwritten initial public offering of 5,833,333 shares of its common stock pursuant to a registration statement on Form S-1 with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Brentwood Associates is a backer.

Brentwood Associates hires MD

Consumer-focused private equity firm Brentwood Associates has hired Scott Staff as a managing director. He will be focused on business development.

The Great Courses Appoints Executive Chairman

The Great Courses, a developer and marketer of video and audio courses for lifelong learners, has appointed Charles Davis executive chairman of the company’s board of directors. The Great Courses is the premier brand of The Teaching Company, a portfolio investment of private equity firm Brentwood Associates.

Brentwood Takes Minority Stake in Veggie Grill

Veggie Grill said Monday it has secured $20 million in funding from current and new investors. Brentwood Associates provided a substantial part of the capital raise and has a “substantial minority” position in the company. Santa Monica-based Veggie Grill is a West Coast restaurant concept that provides plant-based food.

Brentwood Exits Pacific Island Restaurants

Brentwood Associates has sold Pacific Island Restaurants to Nimes Capital. Financial terms weren’t announced. Honolulu-based Pacific Island is the sole franchisee of Pizza Hut and Taco Bell throughout Hawaii, Guam and Saipan.  Harris Williams provided financial advice to PIR.

Brentwood Associates Invests in Soft Surroundings

Soft Surroundings has sold a majority stake to Brentwood Associates. Financial terms weren’t announced. The company will continue to be managed by CEO Tom Wilcher and President Robin Sheldon. St. Louis-based Sof Surroundings is a direct marketer and specialty retailer of apparel, accessories, beauty products and home furnishings. PRESS RELEASE Soft Surroundings, a leading direct […]

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