Sidenote: Casual Restaurant Specialization

As an extension of my previous look at private equity investments in casual restaurants, I’ve compiled an in-comprehensive list of about 30 current private equity investments in the sub-sector. Important to note: Some of these may walk the line between casual and upscale; I tried my best to filter. Lastly, some of the listed entities acted as debt providers for the buyout in question.

In alphabetical order:
Acon Investments: Peter Piper Pizza
Allied Capital: Huddle House
Bain Capital: OSI Restaurant Partners
Bay Harbour Management: Planet Hollywood
Black Canyon Capital: Fazoli’s Restaurants
Bruckmann, Rosser Sherrill & Co: Logan’s Roadhouse
Capital Point Partners: Rockfish Seafood Grill
Castle Harlan: Perkins & Marie Callender’s Inc, Bravo Development Inc
Catterton Partners: Cheddar’s Holding Corp, OSI Restaurant Partners
Centre Partners Management: Garden Fresh Restaurant Corp.
Centrum Equities: Shoney’s
Charter Private Equity: Rockfish Seafood Grill
Cordova, Smart & Williams: Eateries Inc
G&R Acquisition: Max & Erma’s
GarMark Partners: Baja Fresh
Goode Partners: Rosa Mexicano Co
J.H. Whitney: Joe’s Crab Shack
Jacobson Partners: Bertucci’s
Kinderhook Industries: bd’s Mongolian Grill
Lone Star Funds: Del Friscos, Lone Star Steakhouse & Saloon
M Plus Capital: Baja Fresh
Milestone Partners: Fatz Café
Newcastle Partners: Fox & Hound
Oak Investment Partners: Cheddar’s Holding Corp, P.F. Chang’s, Baja Fresh
Pacific Equity Partners: Sizzler USA Wait nevermind, that was postponed.
Pharos Capital Group: Back Yard Burgers
RedZone Capital: Johnny Rockets
Restaurant Acquisitions Partners: Oregano’s Pizza Bistro
Sun Capital: Fazoli’s Restaurants, Real Mex Restaurants, Smoky Bones Barbeque & Grill, Friendly Ice Cream Corporation, Garden Fresh Restaurants, Restaurants Unlimited
Waterview Capital: Eateries Inc
White Oak Capital Partners: Rockfish Seafood Grill
Yucaipa Company: Picadilly Restaurants


***The Dangers of Specialization: Casual Restaurant Edition

***Are Specialized Funds Still Special? Consumer Products Edition