First Watch Sold 2 Advent

    Advent International, one of the largest and most experienced global private equity investors, today announced that it has agreed to make a majority investment in First Watch Restaurants Inc. (“First Watch”), the prominent breakfast, brunch and lunch concept. First Watch’s existing management team will continue to lead the company and will retain a meaningful equity stake in the business. The transaction is expected to close in the coming weeks. Financial terms were not disclosed. First Watch is a portfolio company of Freeman Spogli & Co.

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    ComForCare Goes 2 Riverside

    The Riverside Company has invested in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan based ComForCare Health Care Holdings, LLC (ComForCare), the franchisor of ComForCare Home Care and At Your Side Home Care home care agencies.

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    Bluefrog Plumbing sold to Restoration 1

    Restoration 1®, one of the fastest-growing and most-trusted restoration franchises in North America, has acquired the bluefrog Plumbing + Drain® franchise network with plans to aggressively grow the business across North America.

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    AmericInn Sold 2 Wyndham

    Further cementing its long-standing position as a leader in the midscale hotel segment, Wyndham Hotel Group – the hospitality giant with an unparalleled portfolio of more than 8,000 hotels globally – today announced plans to acquire the Minnesota-based AmericInn® hotel brand and its management company, Three Rivers Hospitality, from Northcott Hospitality for $170 million.

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    American Family Care Gets PE $

    American Development Partners, a private equity and real estate firm, has agreed to invest $1 billion alongside American Family Care, the largest operator of urgent care centers in the United States, to expand its franchises, the company said on Thursday.

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    Blaze Pizza Sold To Brentwood

    Brentwood Associates, a leading consumer-focused private equity investment firm ("Brentwood"), today announced that it has made a significant non-controlling investment in Blaze Fast-Fire'd Pizza ("Blaze Pizza" or the "Company").

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    Jim N Nicki’s Goes 2 Roark

    Roark Capital Group, an Atlanta-based private equity firm focused on consumer brands and multi-unit businesses, announced today that its affiliate has acquired a majority stake in Birmingham, Alabama-based Jim ‘N Nick’s Bar-B-Q. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

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    Back Yard Burgers Goes 2 Axum

    Back Yard Burgers, a pioneer in the better burger category, announced today that Axum Capital Partners, a Charlotte, NC, based private equity firm, has acquired a controlling interest in the company from Pharos Capital Group, LLC.

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    Bento Files 4 IPO

    Canadian sushi maker Bento Inc. filed for an initial public offering in a share sale and is seeking to raise more than C$100 million ($74 million).

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    Max Brenner Sold to Zees

    Strauss Group today announced the sale of the Max Brenner business, owner of the international chain of restaurants and “chocolate bars”, to the chain’s Israeli franchisees – Yaniv Shtanger and Dudu Vaknin.

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    PizzaRev Gets $

    Cleveland Avenue, LLC, a Chicago-based accelerator that strategically invests in innovative, consumer-focused restaurant, food and beverage concepts, today announced a strategic partnership and majority investment in the PizzaRev restaurant chain, based in Los Angeles.

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    LEON Gets Investor

    LEON, a healthy fast casual brand based in London, has received a £25 million (about $32 million U.S.) investment from Spice, a company controlled by GP Investments, chaired by the Brazilian entrepreneur Fersen Lambranho, according to a company press release.

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    Postnet Sold 2 MBE

    PostNet International Franchise Corp., a Lakewood, Colo.-based design, printing and shipping franchise with 660 locations in nine countries, has been purchased by MBE Worldwide, one of the largest third-party logistics, printing and communication service retail networks in the world with 1,600 locations globally. Financial terms of the transaction were not announced.

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    Club Pilates Goes 2 TPG Growth

    TPG Growth, the middle market and growth equity platform of alternative asset firm TPG, today announced it has invested in Club Pilates, the largest franchisor of Pilates studios in the United States. Additional terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

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    Mooyah Gets Investors

    MOOYAH Burgers, Fries & Shakes, a fast-casual, "better burger" chain is now primed for extensive growth with the announcement of an acquisition of the MOOYAH brand by an affiliate of Balmoral Funds LLC ("Balmoral"), a leading lower-middle-market private equity firm, and Gala Capital Partners, LLC ("Gala Capital"), a private investment company with a focus on hospitality and food service franchises in the United States.

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    Countrywide Grounds Sold 2 Dwyer

    The Dwyer Group, Inc., one of the world’s largest parent companies of trade service brands, has completed the add-on acquisition of Countrywide Grounds Maintenance, a long-standing commercial groundskeeping service based in the United Kingdom.

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    Bright & Beautiful Goes 2 Dwyer

    The Dwyer Group, Inc., one of the world’s largest parent companies of trade service brands, has completed the add-on acquisition of Bright & Beautiful, a home cleaning service based in the U.K.

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    Panera Goes 2 JAB

    Panera Bread Company (“Panera” or the “Company”) (NASDAQ: PNRA) and JAB today announced that the companies have entered into a definitive merger agreement under which JAB will acquire Panera for $315 per share in cash, in a transaction valued at approximately $7.5 billion, including the assumption of approximately $340 million of net debt.

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    Cheddar’s Sold 2 Darden

    Darden Restaurants, Inc. (NYSE: DRI) today announced that it has agreed to acquire Cheddar's Scratch Kitchen (Cheddar's) for $780 million in an all-cash transaction from its stockholders including private equity firms L Catterton and Oak Investment Partners.

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    Checkers & Rally’s Go 2 Oak Hill

    Oak Hill Capital Partners announced today that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Checkers Drive-In Restaurants, Inc. from Sentinel Capital Partners.

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    Noodles & Co. Gets Investor

    Noodles & Company today announced a $31.5 million private placement of Class A common stock to Mill Road Capital II, L.P. on March 13, 2017, to further strengthen the Company's balance sheet and fund strategic initiatives.

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    Popeye’s Sold 2 Burger King

    Restaurant Brands International Inc. ("RBI") (NYSE/TSX: QSR, TSX: QSP) and Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen, Inc. ("Popeyes") (NASDAQ: PLKI) announced today that the companies have reached an agreement for RBI to acquire Popeyes for $79.00 per share in cash, or $1.8 billion.

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    Freshii Now Public

    Freshii Inc. (“Freshii”) (TSX:FRII) today announced the successful closing of its initial public offering and secondary offering (together, the “Offering”) of an aggregate of 10,900,000 Class A subordinate voting shares of Freshii at a price of $11.50 per Class A subordinate voting share (the “Offering Price”) for total gross proceeds of $125,350,000, with Freshii and the Selling Shareholders receiving gross proceeds of $50,140,000 and $75,210,000, respectively.

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    Pizza Patron Sold to Zee

    Pizza Patron, a Dallas-based chain known for catering to Hispanic consumers, has been purchased by its largest franchisee.

    Read the rest of the story at the Dallas Business Journal.

    January 10, 2017

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    Rita’s Goes 2 Argosy & MTN

    Argosy Private Equity and MTN Capital today announced the acquisition of a controlling stake in Rita's Franchise Company, LLC based in Trevose, Pennsylvania ("Rita's") — the world's largest Italian Ice concept — from Falconhead Capital.

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    Valpak Sold 2 Platinum Equity

    Platinum Equity today announced it has acquired the businesses of Cox Target Media (CTM) from Cox Media Group. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

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    Ben & Florentine Acquired

    Imvescor Restaurant Group Inc. is pleased to announce that it has entered into a binding agreement to acquire Ben & Florentine, a leading franchisor in the breakfast and lunch category with over 40 locations across Quebec, Ontario and Manitoba.

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    Freshii Goes Public

    Freshii Inc., the 244-unit chain of health-focused restaurants, on Tuesday filed preliminary documents for an initial-public offering in its Toronto home.

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    Crushed Red Gets $

    Just six months after opening their first Crushed Red restaurant in 2012, in a St. Louis suburb, Chris LaRocca and Powell Kalish got a call just about any startup entrepreneur would want: From an investor, eager to write a check.

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    MOD Pizza Gets Fidelity $

    MOD Super Fast Pizza Holdings, LLC , a pioneer of fast-casual pizza with the largest store base in the sector, today announced it has raised an additional $42 million of equity led by Fidelity Management & Research Company and PWP Growth Equity.

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    Window Genie Goes 2 Dwyer

    The Dwyer Group, Inc., one of the world’s largest parent companies of trade service brands, has completed the add-on acquisition of Window Genie, a nationally ranked home service franchise.

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    Senior Helpers Goes 2 Altaris

    Senior Helpers, headquartered in Timonium, MD, is a leading franchisor of private pay, professional home care for elderly individuals, with over 280 active territories across 39 states.

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    Jan-Pro & Maid Right Go to Incline

    Incline Equity Partners, a Pittsburgh-based lower middle-market private equity firm, announces the purchase of Premium Franchise Brands, a leading franchisor of light commercial and residential cleaning services through its Jan-Pro and Maid Right franchise brands.

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    Red Lobster Gets Investor

    Thai Union Group PCL, Red Lobster Seafood Co. and Golden Gate Capital today announced that Thai Union has made a $575 million strategic investment in Red Lobster, the world’s largest seafood restaurant company. Golden Gate Capital will remain majority owner and retain operational control of Red Lobster.

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    Twin Peaks Sold

    La Cima Restaurants LLC, the Twin Peaks franchisee founded by former executives of the rival Hooters chain, has agreed to acquire a majority interest in the Dallas-based franchisor, the company said Monday.

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    Nothing Bundt Cakes Goes 2 Levine

    Levine Leichtman Capital Partners, a Los Angeles-based private equity firm, announced today that it has partnered with management to acquire Nothing Bundt Cakes.

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    Vantage Bought By Red Lion

    Red Lion Hotels Corporation, a growing hospitality company that operates and franchises upscale, midscale and economy hotels, today announced it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire the global brands and brand operations of Vantage Hospitality Group, Inc. based in Coral Springs, Florida for an initial aggregate price of $23 million in cash and 690,000 shares of the Company's common stock, which closed today at $6.96 per share.

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    Baja Fresh & La Salsa Go 2 MTY

    MTY Food Group Inc. announced today that one of its wholly-owned subsidiaries has signed an agreement to acquire all of the equity interest of BF Acquisition Holdings, LLC. (“BFAH”) (www.bajafresh.com and www.lasalsa.com).

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    Cici’s Sold 2 Arlon

    Pizza chain Cicis announced Tuesday its acquisition by investment firm Arlon Group in partnership with Cicis’ management team.

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    Wetzel’s Pretzels Sold 2 CenterOak

    CenterOak Partners LLC, a Dallas-based private equity firm focused on making control-oriented investments in middle market companies, today announced it has completed a majority investment in Wetzel’s Pretzels LLC, the second largest owner and franchisor of soft pretzel stores.

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    Right at Home Sold 2 IMC

    Investors Management Corporation, a Raleigh, NC private investment firm, announced today that it partnered with management to acquire RiseMark Brands, a leading in-home senior care franchisor based in Omaha, NE, on August 15.

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    Salad Creations Sold 2 Miami Grill

    Salad & Organic Food Service LLC, a subsidiary of Miami Subs Franchising Corporation has announced its purchase of Salad Creations LLC, another South-Florida based chain specializing in build-your-own and signature salads, soups and panini.

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    Batteries Plus Sold 2 PE

    Batteries Plus Bulbs, a leading omni-channel retailer of batteries, light bulbs and device repair services, announced that it has been acquired by Freeman Spogli & Co., management and other investors.

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    Drybar Goes 2 Roark

    Roark Capital Group, an Atlanta-based private equity firm, announced today that one of its affiliates has acquired a minority interest in Drybar, the innovative brand that has revolutionized the blowout industry. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

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    Fired Pie Gets Investor

    Fired Pie, the fast-casual pizza-and-salad chain, announced an investment last week by former Patina Restaurant Group president Frederick Wolfe, who joined the board of the Phoenix-based chain.

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    Project Pie Sold 2 Pieology

    Pieology Pizzeria, where pizza lovers go to create artisan-style custom pizzas in endless flavor combinations at one affordable price, announces its strategic purchase of Project Pie. Pieology Pizzeria is the first in the fast casual pizza segment to consolidate one of its major competitors by acquiring Project Pie, a concept within the same segment.

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    Gigi’s Sold 2 FundCorp

    An affiliate of Fort Worth-based private-equity group FundCorp, Inc., today announced the acquisition of Gigi's Cupcakes, the largest cupcake franchise in the U.S. with more than 100 locations nationwide.

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    Burger & Beer Sold 2 PE

    Bill Herman and Larsen MacColl Partners finally got their restaurant chain.

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    Krispy Kreme Goes 2 JAB

    Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, Inc. (NYSE: KKD) (“Krispy Kreme” or the “Company”) and JAB Beech Inc., an indirect controlled subsidiary of JAB Holding Company (“JAB”) in which BDT Capital Partners is a minority investor alongside JAB, today announced that the companies have entered into a definitive merger agreement under which JAB Beech will acquire Krispy Kreme for $21 per share in cash, or a total equity value of approximately $1.35 billion.

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    Friendly’s Sold 2 Dean Foods

    Friendly’s Ice Cream, LLC announced today the sale of its Retail Ice Cream and Manufacturing business to Dallas, Texas-based Dean Foods Company, a leading food and beverage company and the largest processor and direct-to-store distributor of fresh fluid milk and other dairy and dairy case products in the United States.

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    Smiling Moose Sold 2 Growler

    Growler USA has acquired Smiling Moose Rocky Mountain Deli, which has 17 units in seven states, the companies said Wednesday. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

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    Murphy Business Goes 2 Greybull

    Murphy Business & Financial Corporation, North America’s leading, full-service business brokerage firm with more than 150 offices in the United States and Canada, announced that it is entering a new chapter in its illustrious 20-year history.

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    Pak Mail Sold 2 Annex

    San Diego-based Annex Brands, Inc. today announced the acquisition of Pak Mail Centers of America, Inc., franchisor of over 370 Pak Mail® packaging and shipping franchises across the world.

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    Swimtime Sold 2 Investor

    Swimtime co-founders Linda and Barry Price have this week sold the company after 20 successful years.

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    Quaker Steak Sold 2 TravelCenters

    TravelCenters of America LLC (NYSE: TA), today announced the completion of its previously announced acquisition of certain assets of Quaker Steak & Lube® ("QSL"), for approximately $25 million, not including working capital adjustments, inventory and other closing costs.

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    MOD Pizza Gets $ From PWP

    MOD Pizza (“MOD”), the pioneer of fast casual pizza, today announced that it has raised approximately $32 million in an equity funding round led by existing investor PWP Growth Equity, a private equity fund managed by Perella Weinberg Partners.

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    Massage Heights Buys Gents Place

    On the heels of a tremendous year of growth in 2015, Massage Heights, a leader of professional, affordable and convenient therapeutic massage and facial services, announced today it has established a new holding company for Massage Heights Franchising, The Elevated Brands.

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    Marriott 2 Acquire Starwood

    Bethesda, Maryland and Stamford, Connecticut, March 1, 2016 – Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) and Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc.

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    Black Bear Diner Sold 2 PWP

    Black Bear Diner, a 75-unit family dining franchise concept in eight western states, announced today an investment from PWP Growth Equity, a private equity fund managed by Perella Weinberg Partners that invests in leading, growth- oriented lower middle market companies.

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    Fuzzy’s Taco Gets NRD $

    NRD Capital Management (“NRD”), the first franchisee-sponsored and managed equity investment fund, recently announced its latest investment —the purchase of a majority position in Fuzzy’s Taco Shop®, a 90-unit Fort Worth, Texas-based brand.

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    Orangetheory Goes 2 Roark

    Orangetheory® Fitness, the energizing and fast-growing fitness franchise, today announced that an affiliate of Roark Capital Group, an Atlanta-based private equity firm that focuses on investing in the franchise industry, has become a strategic investor through a growth equity investment in the company. Terms were not disclosed.

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    Just Salad Gets Panda $

    Just weeks after investing in the Pieology Pizzeria chain, the founders of Panda Restaurant Group Inc. revealed investments with plans to expand several other brands, including the New York-based chain Just Salad LLC.

    Read the rest of the story on Nation's Restaurant News.

    February 11, 2016

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    Max & Erma’s Sold

    Glacier Restaurant Group (GRG) has announced that it is buying the Max & Erma’s restaurant chain from American Blue Ribbon Holdings (ABRH) with the objective of revitalizing the concept for exceptional growth.

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    Pieology Gets Investor

    Pieology Pizzeria, where pizza lovers go to create artisan-style custom pizzas in endless flavor combinations, is proud to announce its strategic investment from Andrew and Peggy Cherng, the founders of Panda Restaurant Group (PRG), one of America's largest and most successful family-owned restaurant companies, with close to 1,900 locations globally.

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    Budget Blinds Sold 2 Trilantic

    Trilantic North America, a leading private equity firm with aggregate capital commitments of $5.7 billion, today announced that it has completed its investment in Home Franchise Concepts (“HFC” or the “Company”).

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    Uncle Maddio's Gets Investor

    Rutherford Seydel was an investor in Moe’s Southwest Grill before it was sold to Roark Capital’s Focus Brands in 2007.

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    Togo’s Sold 2 Nimes Capital

    Togo's Eateries, Inc., a "West Coast Original" since 1971, today announced that Nimes Capital will acquire the sandwich franchise. Growth equity firm Mainsail Partners, Togo's current co-owner, has agreed to sell its shares to Nimes Capital.

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    Taco Bueno Goes 2 TPG

    TPG Growth, an arm of Fort Worth private equity firm TPG, has bought the Taco Bueno Restaurants brand.

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    Pizza Studio Gets Investor

    Pizza Studio announced the completion of a strategic investment round led by Thompson Hospitality.

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    SafeSplash Buys Swimtastic

    SafeSplash® Brands, LLC, the fastest growing swim school franchisor in North America, announced the acquisition of the Swimtastic Corporation, franchisor of the Swimtastic® Swim School brand, which operates swim schools in Wisconsin, Nebraska and Florida.

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    Houlihan’s Bought by York

    HRI announced today that York Capital Management (“York Capital”) has signed a definitive agreement to acquire HRI, a leading, diversified restaurant company focused on polished casual dining and fine dining.

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    Maui Wowi Goes 2 Kahala

    Kahala Brands™ (www.KahalaBrands.com), a global leader in the QSR industry, announced today that it has acquired the premium smoothie and coffee brand Maui Wowi Hawaiian® based in Denver, Colorado.

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    CARSTAR Sold 2 Roark

    Driven Brands, Inc., a portfolio company of Roark Capital and the nation’s leading franchise automotive company, announced today that it has acquired Kansas-based CARSTAR Auto Body Repair Experts.

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    Greene Turtle Sold

    Stone-Goff Partners (“SGP”) announced today that it has acquired a controlling interest in The Greene Turtle Sports Bar & Grille, a family-friendly casual dining restaurant and dynamic sports bar with 41 company-owned and franchised locations across the Mid-Atlantic, Northeast and Appalachian regions of the United States. Terms were not announced.

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    Flip Flop Shops Sold

    Cherokee Global Brands (NASDAQ:CHKE), a global marketer of style-focused lifestyle brands, announced today that it has acquired Flip Flop Shops®, a leading franchise retail chain dedicated to offering the hottest brands and latest styles of flip flops, casual footwear and accessories.

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    Smashburger Sold 2 Jollibee

    Smashburger, the Denver-based Fast Casual restaurant concept, today announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to sell 40% of the company to Jollibee Foods Corporation (PSE: JFC), Asia’s largest restaurant company. The purchase price values Smashburger at a $335 million enterprise value.

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    PuroSystems Sold 2 Investor

    PuroSystems, Inc., of Tamarac, Florida, a residential and commercial property restoration company with franchise locations across the United States and Canada, has been acquired by property restoration business owners Mark Davis and Frank Torre of Michigan.

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    Interim Parent Sold

    The Halifax Group, a leading private equity firm that partners with management to invest in entrepreneurial companies, announced today that it has sold Sunrise, Florida-based Caring Brands International (Caring Brands).

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    Native Wings Get PE $

    Native Grill & Wings, an award winning Arizona-based restaurant chain known for its 20 wing flavors that guests can order by the individual wing, has announced its new majority ownership after a private investment deal was signed, leading the way for increased national expansion.

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    Smart Start Sold 2 Abry

    Founded in September of 1992, Smart Start has grown from a privately-held operation in Irving, TX to the world’s foremost presence in offender alcohol monitoring.

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    Planet Fitness Now Public

    Planet Fitness (NYSE: PLNT) (the “Company”), today announced the pricing of its initial public offering of 13,500,000 shares of its Class A common stock at a public offering price of $16.00 per share.

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    Fazoli’s Sold 2 Sentinel

    Sentinel Capital Partners, a private equity firm that invests in promising companies at the lower end of the middle market, today announced the acquisition of Fazoli's Group, Inc., a franchisor and operator of Italian fast casual restaurants in the United States. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

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    Del Taco Goes 2 Levy

    Levy Acquisition Corp. (“LAC”) (NASDAQ CM: TACO and TACOW) and Del Taco Holdings, Inc. (“Del Taco”), the second largest Mexican-American QSR chain by units in the United States, operating restaurants under the name Del Taco®, announced that LAC’s stockholders have voted to approve the merger of a subsidiary of LAC with Del Taco (the “Merger” or “Business Combination Proposal”) at the special meeting of stockholders held today.

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    WellBiz Sold to KSL Capital

    WellBiz Brands, Inc., one of the largest health and wellness franchise organizations in the United States, is taking its flagship brands – Elements Massage™, Fitness Together® and FIT36™ – to the next level: the company announced today that it has been acquired by an affiliate of the private equity firm KSL Capital Partners, LLC. Financial details of the transaction were not disclosed.

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    Uncle Maddio’s Gets PE $

    Uncle Maddio’s Pizza Jointannounced today that S&S Group, LLC is joining the Uncle Maddio’s team as minority stakeholders in the company and will serve on the Board of Directors. In addition, S&S has plans to open up to 17 Uncle Maddio’s Pizza Joints in various locations around the country.

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    Saladworks Sold 2 PE

    Centre Lane Partners, LLC (“Centre Lane”), a New York-based private investment firm, announced that it has acquired Saladworks, the nation’s first and largest fresh-tossed salad restaurant chain.

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    Fosters Freeze Sold to Zee

    National Franchise Sales (NFS) is pleased to announce completion of the sale of the Fosters Freeze franchise system. Fosters Freeze is an 82 unit fast food/ dairy concept boasting California's original soft serve desserts.

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    Molly Maid & Mr. Handyman Go 2 Dwyer Group

    Dwyer Group, Inc., one of the world’s largest franchising companies of trade service brands, has acquired Service Brands International, a multi-concept franchise system that includes Molly Maid, Mr. Handyman and ProTect Painters with a combined $283 million system-wide sales.

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    1-800- Radiator Goes 2 Driven Brands

    Driven Brands, the leading franchisor in the automotive aftermarket, announced today that it has entered into a merger agreement to acquire 1-800-Radiator & A/C, the largest franchised automotive parts distributor in North America.

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    Planet Smoothie & Tasti D–Lite Sold

    Scottsdale-based Kahala Brands™ (www.kahalabrands.com), a global leader in the QSR industry, today announced that it now controls 100 percent of the Planet Smoothie® and Tasti D-Lite™ franchise brands headquartered in Brentwood, Tenn. This purchase expands Kahala Brands’ smoothie concept portfolio to three nationally recognized brands, strengthening its leadership position in the healthy treats segment.

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    Cartridge World Sold

    OPC drum manufacturer Suzhou Goldengreen Technologies (SGT) has been named as the Chinese investor seeking to acquire Cartridge World.

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    Pet Wants Gets Investor

    Pet Wants has landed a new investor and partner, the Franchise Funding Group, to help the Cincinnati-based pet food company develop a national franchise system.

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    The Egg & I Sold

    First Watch Restaurants, Inc., the country’s leading breakfast, brunch and lunch concept, announced today that it has acquired 114-unit Centennial, Co.-based The Egg & I Restaurants.

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    Jack’s Gets PE $

    Onex Corporation (“Onex”) (TSX: OCX) today announced an investment in Jack’s Family
    Restaurants (“Jack’s”), in partnership with certain members of its management. Jack’s is a leading regional quick-service restaurant operator.

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    Frisch’s Taken Private

    Frisch's Restaurants, Inc. (NYSE MKT: FRS) and NRD Partners I, L.P., a private equity fund, announced today an agreement pursuant to which an affiliate of NRD Partners I, L.P. will acquire all of the outstanding shares of Frisch's Restaurants, Inc. for $34.00 per share in cash, or approximately $175 million.

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    Chicken Salad Chick Gets PE $

    An Atlanta private equity firm has bought a share of Auburn's Chicken Salad Chick. Read the rest of the story at the Birmingham Business Journal.

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    Bojangles’ Now Public

    Bojangles’, Inc. (Bojangles’) today announced the pricing of its underwritten initial public offering of 7,750,000 shares of its common stock (the “Offering”) at a price to the public of $19.00 per share.

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    Pure Barre Sold 2 Catterton

    Pure Barre, the largest and most recognized barre fitness concept in the nation, today announced a significant growth capital investment by Catterton, the leading consumer-focused private equity firm.

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    Bad Daddy’s Sold

    Good Times Restaurants Inc. (Nasdaq: GTIM) ("Good Times" or the "Company") today announced that it has entered into a Membership Interest Purchase Agreement for all of the membership interests in Bad Daddy's International, LLC ("BDI").

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    MAACO & Meineke Sold 2 Roark

    Roark Capital Group, an Atlanta-based private equity firm focused on franchise and consumer brands, announced today that its affiliate has acquired Driven Brands, the nation's leading franchise automotive company, from Harvest Partners, LP ("Harvest"). Jonathan Fitzpatrick, Driven Brands' Chief Executive Officer, will continue to lead the business and the Company will remain headquartered in Charlotte, N.C.

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    Party City Goes Public

    Party City Holdco Inc. ("the Company" or "Party City") today announced the pricing of its initial public offering of 21,875,000 shares of common stock at $17.00 per share.

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    Hand & Stone Sold 2 LLCP

    Levine Leichtman Capital Partners (“LLCP”), a Los Angeles-based private equity firm, announced today that it has partnered with management to complete the acquisition of Hand and Stone Franchise Corp. (“Hand and Stone” or the “Company”).

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    Cara Goes Public

    Cara Operations Ltd., a Canadian restaurant company with brands including Swiss Chalet and Harvey’s, aims to sell shares at $19 to $22 each in an initial public offering worth about $200 million, according to sale documents.

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    Kudu Gets PE $

    The Abraaj Group (“Abraaj” or “the Group”), a leading investor operating in global growth markets, and TPG, a leading global private investment firm, today announced the completion of an investment into Kudu, a Saudi Arabian restaurant group with multiple sites and brands across the country.

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    Burger Joint Sold To Chanticleer

    Chanticleer Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: HOTR) (Chanticleer Holdings, or the "Company"), owner and operator of multiple restaurant brands internationally and domestically, announced today that it closed on the acquisition of BGR: The Burger Joint ("BGR"), a better burger concept well-known in the Maryland/Washington, D.C./Virginia area.

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    Coco's & Carrows Go To FMP

    Catalina Restaurant Group Inc., parent to the Coco’s Bakery Restaurant and Carrows Restaurants family-dining chains, will be acquired by an affiliate of Food Management Partners, or FMP, the company said Tuesday.

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    Macaroni Grill Sold 2 Redrock

    Ignite Restaurant Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:IRG) today announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to sell its Romano's Macaroni Grill subsidiary to Redrock Partners, LLC.

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    MOD Gets PE $

    MOD Pizza (“MOD”), the pioneer of the fast casual pizza segment, today announced a significant milestone – the first closing on a financing that is expected to exceed $40 million.

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    Critter Control Goes 2 Rollins

    Rollins, Inc. (NYSE: ROL), a premier global consumer and commercial service company announced today that it has purchased Critter Control, Inc., the franchisor of the nation's leading wildlife control company.

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    Bennigan’s Sold 2 CEO

    With the epic comeback of the iconic Bennigan’s brand in full swing – both domestically and internationally – and with exciting new initiatives about to take root, Paul Mangiamele has put his money where his passion is and purchased the company he has led as CEO since May 2011.

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    Children’s Orchard Goes 2 NTY

    NTY Franchise Company, a pioneering force in the rapidly growing $13 billion resale/retail industry, continues its aggressive growth plan with the acquisition of Children’s Orchard, a chain of top quality, gently used children’s merchandise.

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    PODS Sold to Teachers

    Arcapita, the global investment management firm, announced today the sale of PODS, Inc. (“PODS”), the leading provider of portable storage and moving solutions for residential and business customers in North America, to the Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan (“OTPP”) for a transaction value in excess of $1 billion.

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    Tire Pros Parent Gets PE $

    American Tire Distributors, Inc. (“ATD”) announced today that a fund managed by the Private Equity Group of Ares Management, L.P. (NYSE:ARES) has entered into an agreement to acquire a significant stake in the company, resulting in equal ownership between Ares and current majority shareholder TPG.

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    sweetFrog Sold to Boxwood

    Boxwood Capital Partners, LLC is pleased to announce that it has acquired sweetFrog Enterprises, LLC.

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    Shake Shack Now Public

    Shake Shack Inc. (“Shake Shack” or the “Company”) today announced the pricing of its initial public offering of 5,000,000 shares of its Class A common stock at a public offering price of $21.00 per share.

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    Wing Nutz Sells Stake

    American Restaurant Concepts, Inc. (OTCBB: ANPZ), operator and franchisor of the award-winning Dick's Wings & Grill® restaurants, announced that it has acquired a 50% interest in Wing Nutz®.

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    Muscle Maker Sold to ARH

    Muscle Maker, Inc., (the “Company”) an affiliated company of American Restaurant Holdings, Inc. (ARHI), is pleased to announce that it has completed its acquisition of Muscle Maker Grill (www.musclemakergrill.com).

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    Habit Burger Now Public

    Habit Restaurants Inc. raised $90 million in its debut on the public market Thursday, with an opening day pop that more than doubled its share price.

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    The Joint Goes Public

    The Joint Corp. (NASDAQ : JYNT), a national healthcare franchisor of chiropractic clinics, today announced the closing of its initial public offering of 3,000,000 shares of common stock at an initial price to the public of $6.50 per share.

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    Gloria Jeans Sold 2 RFG

    Retail Food Group spent $163.5 million on Friday to buy the Gloria Jean's Coffees chain and in the process secured a position as Australia's biggest coffee player measured either in terms of franchise brands, store counts or market share.

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    Manchu Wok Sold to MTY

    MTY Food Group Inc. ("MTY" or the "Company") (TSX: MTY), franchisor and operator of multiple concepts of quick service restaurants, announced today that its wholly-owned subsidiaries MTY Tiki Ming Enterprises Inc. and MTY Franchising USA, Inc. have entered into a binding agreement to acquire the assets of a group of companies that owns and operate the Manchu Wok (www.manchuwok.com), Wasabi Grill & Noodle (wasabigrillandnoodle.biz) and SenseAsian (www.senseasian.ca) restaurants mainly in Canada and in the United States.

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    Chuck E. Cheese Buys Peter Piper Pizza

    CEC Entertainment, Inc. (“CEC”), the nationally recognized leader in family dining and entertainment which operates 577 Chuck E. Cheese’s stores, today announced that CEC has acquired Peter Piper Pizza (“Peter Piper”), a leading pizza and entertainment restaurant chain operating 32 company-owned locations and 115 franchises in the southwestern U.S. and Mexico, from affiliates of private equity firm, ACON Investments, L.L.C. (“ACON”) for an undisclosed sum.

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    Midas’ Parent Buys Carzonrent

    Sumitomo Mitsui Auto Service Co., Ltd. (Head Office: Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo; President; Masayuki Doi, hereinafter “SMAS”), and Sumitomo Corporation (Head Office: Chuo-ku, Tokyo President; Kuniharu Nakamura) have acquired the auto leasing business of Carzonrent Private Limited (hereinafter “COR”), one of India’s leading automotive-related service companies, via SMAS Auto Leasing India Private Limited (hereinafter “SMAI”), their joint venture company in India.

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    Einstein Noah Goes Private

    Einstein Noah Restaurant Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:BAGL), a leader in the fast-casual segment of the restaurant industry operating under the Einstein Bros.® Bagels, Noah's New York Bagels®, and Manhattan Bagel® brands and JAB Holding Company (“JAB”) today announced a definitive agreement under which an affiliate of JAB will acquire Einstein Noah Restaurant Group for $20.25 per share in cash, or a total diluted equity value of approximately $374 million.

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    Interim Healthcare Buys Franchisor

    Caring Brands International, which includes Interim HealthCare Inc., a national network of home care, hospice and health staffing franchises founded in 1966 and known for its continuum of care in the United States, today expands its global operations with the acquisition of Australia-based Just Better Care.

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    Cafe2U Goes 2 RFG

    On 28 August 2014, leading Australian retail food brand manager and franchisor, Retail Food Group Limited (RFG or the Company), announced its entry into a Share Purchase Agreement to acquire leading mobile and portable coffee franchise system Cafe2U.

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    Souper Salad Sold 2 BRIX

    BRIX Holdings, LLC, an innovative multi-concept franchising company, today announced the additions of Souper Salad and Greenz to its growing roster of franchise chains.

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    Burger King and Tim Hortons Merge

    An agreement was reached today to create the world’s third largest quick service restaurant company.

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    Buffalo Wild Wings Buys Rusty Taco

    Buffalo Wild Wings®, Inc. (NASDAQ: BWLD) is excited to announce it has made a majority investment in Rusty Taco, Inc., which owns and operates Rusty Taco restaurants and is headquartered in Dallas, Texas.

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    Cleaning Authority Sold to PE

    PNC Riverarch Capital announced the acquisition of a controlling interest in The Cleaning
    Authority, LLC (TCA), a leading franchisor of residential cleaning businesses with 183 franchised
    service territories in the United States and Canada.

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    Hot Dog On A Stick Sold To LLCP

    The parent to the Hot Dog on a Stick chain has been acquired out of bankruptcy by Global Franchise Group LLC, a portfolio company of private equity firm Levine Leichtman Capital Partners, the firm said Thursday. Read the rest at Restaurant News.

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    Dwyer Sold 2 Riverside (Again!)

    The Dwyer Group, Inc., one of the world’s largest franchising companies of trades service brands, today announced it has been acquired for the second time by The Riverside Company, a private equity fund with locations in North America, Europe and Asia.

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    LYFE Takes On Investor

    LYFE Kitchen, the 10-unit fast-casual concept created by former McDonald’s executives, has revealed a “large” minority investment by the Carlisle Corp.

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    Camp Bow Wow Sold

    Camp Bow Wow, the nation's largest franchisor of dog day and overnight care centers and an Inc. 5000 company, announced today its acquisition by VCA, Inc. (NASDAQ: WOOF), a leading animal healthcare company in the United States and Canada.

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    El Pollo Loco Now Public

    El Pollo Loco Holdings, Inc. ("El Pollo Loco" and the "Company") (Nasdaq:LOCO) today announced the completion of its previously announced initial public offering at $15.00 per share.

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    FASTSIGNS Sold To LLCP

    Levine Leichtman Capital Partners ("LLCP"), a Los Angeles-based private equity firm, announced today that it has partnered with management to complete the acquisition of FASTSIGNS International, Inc. ("FASTSIGNS" or the "Company").

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    Dippin Dots Buys Doc Popcorn

    Dippin’ Dots Franchising, LLC, the franchising arm of the iconic flash frozen ice cream maker Dippin’ Dots, today announced that it has acquired snack franchisor Doc Popcorn, innovator of fresh-popped, kettle-cooked popcorn.

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    ServiceMaster Now Public

    ServiceMaster Global Holdings, Inc., a leading provider of essential residential and commercial services, today announced that it has priced an initial public offering of 35,900,000 shares of common stock at $17 a share.

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    Retail Zoo Sold To Bain

    Bain Capital and Retail Zoo founders Janine and Jeff Allis today announced the completion of the acquisition of Retail Zoo, a leading multi-brand franchise player.

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    TGI Friday’s Sold to Sentinel / TriArtisan

    Carlson, a global hospitality and travel company, today announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement for the sale of TGI Fridays® Restaurants to Sentinel Capital Partners and TriArtisan Capital Partners.

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    Red Lobster Sold to Golden Gate

    Darden Restaurants, Inc. (NYSE: DRI) today announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to sell its Red Lobster business and certain other related assets and assumed liabilities to Golden Gate Capital for $2.1 billion in cash.

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    Red Mango Parent Buys 2 New Zors

    The parent to the Red Mango frozen yogurt chain has formed a new multi-concept franchising company that also plans to grow its Smoothie Factory and RedBrick Pizza brands, the company said Tuesday. Read the full story on Nation's Restaurant News.

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    Papa Murphy’s Now Public

    Papa Murphy's Holdings, Inc. ("Papa Murphy's") (Nasdaq:FRSH) today announced the pricing of its initial public offering of 5,833,333 shares of common stock at a price to the public of $11.00 per share.

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    On the Border Sold to Argonne & Fortress

    Border Holdings, LLC and Golden Gate Capital today announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement whereby Border Holdings, LLC will acquire the On The Border Mexican Grill & Cantina (“On The Border”) brand from Golden Gate Capital.

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    Zoe’s Kitchen Goes Public

    Zoe’s Kitchen, Inc. (NYSE:ZOES) today announced the pricing of its initial public offering of 5,833,333 shares of common stock at a price to the public of $15.00 per share.

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    La Quinta Now Public

    La Quinta Holdings Inc. (the "Company") today announced the pricing of its initial public offering of 38,250,000 shares of its common stock at a price to the public of $17.00 per share.

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    Three Dog Bakery Gets $

    Three Dog Bakery, Inc., an all-natural, oven-baked treat, pastry and food company, has been acquired by a private equity group led by Aziz Giga, former vice president of Strategic Planning at PPG Industries. Read the full story on Pet Business.

    March 26, 2014

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    Outback Parent Files 2nd IPO

    Bloomin' Brands, Inc. (the "Company") (Nasdaq:BLMN) announced the pricing of a secondary public offering of 18 million shares of the Company's common stock at a public offering price of $24.50 per share.

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    Anytime Fitness Gets Roark $

    Anytime Fitness, the world's largest and fastest-growing co-ed fitness franchise, today announced that an affiliate of Roark Capital Group, an Atlanta-based private equity firm
    that focuses on investing in the franchise industry, has made an equity investment in the company.Terms were not disclosed.

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    CarePatrol Buys Its Competitor

    CarePatrol Franchise Systems, LLC is proud to announce that they have acquired their biggest franchise competitor, Assisted Transition. Read the full story at Franchising.com.

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    Don Pablo’s Sold

    Don Pablo’s is returning to its Texas roots with the acquisition of the brand by Food Management Partners (FMP) from Atlanta-based Rita Restaurant Corporation.

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    Protea Bought By Marriott

    Marriott International, Inc. and South Africa’s Protea Hospitality Holdings announced today that they have signed definitive agreements for the purchase by Marriott of Protea’s three brands and management company.

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    Project Pie Gets PE Boost

    Project Pie, a fast-casual pizza chain based in Carlsbad, Calif. and founded by industry pioneer James Markham, has announced a partnership today with NYC-based Lee Equity Partners, headed by investor Thomas H. Lee. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

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    Chuck E. Cheese Sold To Apollo

    An affiliate of Apollo Global Management, LLC (together with its consolidated subsidiaries, “Apollo”) and CEC Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE:CEC) (“CEC”) today announced that they have entered into a definitive merger agreement (the “Merger Agreement”) whereby Apollo, a leading global alternative investment manager, will acquire CEC, the nationally recognized leader in family dining and entertainment which operates 577 Chuck E. Cheese’s stores, for approximately $1.3 billion, including the assumption of the Company’s outstanding debt.

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    Snap Fitness Gets TZP $

    Snap Fitness, Inc. ("Snap"), one of the world's leading health and wellness brands with approximately 2,000 clubs open or under development in 15 countries, announced that it has taken on an investment from TZP Capital Partners II, L.P. ("TZP"), a private equity fund focused on investments in U.S.-based lower middle market business and consumer services companies.

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    Hilton Goes Public

    Hilton Worldwide Holdings Inc. ("Hilton Worldwide") announced today the pricing of its initial public offering of 117,640,624 shares of common stock at a price to the public of $20.00 per share.

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    Carl’s Jr. & Hardee’s Sold To Roark

    CKE Inc. announced today that an affiliate of Roark Capital Group has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire a majority stake in the Company with senior management retaining a minority stake.

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    The Keg Gets New Investor

    Fairfax Financial Holdings Ltd has agreed to acquire a majority interest in privately held Keg Restaurants Ltd (KRL), which owns over 100 steak house restaurants in Canada and parts of the United States.

    Read the full story on Reuters.

    November 18, 2013

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    Chevys Parent Boosts Equity Stake

    Z Capital Partners, L.L.C., a leading private equity firm that makes controlling investments in companies in need of revitalization or restructuring, today announced that it has acquired an equity stake of a non-strategic minority holder and increased its equity ownership of Real Mex Restaurants, the largest full service, casual dining Mexican restaurant chain in the United States.

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    Einstein Noah Stock Sale

    Einstein Noah Restaurant Group, Inc. today announced the pricing of the previously announced underwritten secondary public offering of 2.5 million shares of its common stock by funds and accounts managed by Greenlight Capital, Inc. and its affiliates.

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    Pollo Tropical’s Parent To Raise $100M

    Fiesta Restaurant Group, Inc., the owner, operator, and franchisor of the Pollo Tropical® and Taco Cabana® fast-casual restaurant brands, today announced the launch of a public offering of up to $100 million of common stock (the "Public Offering"). All of the shares will be offered by Fiesta.

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    Jenny Craig Sold to North Castle

    Nestlé today announced it has sold its weight management business Jenny Craig in North America and Oceania to a US-based private equity group North Castle Partners.

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    Captain D’s Sold to Centre Partners

    Sun Capital Partners, Inc. (“Sun Capital”), a leading private investment firm specializing in leveraged buyouts and investments in market-leading companies, today announced that an affiliate has signed an agreement to sell its investment in Captain D’s Seafood Restaurant (“Captain D’s” or the “Company”), a leading seafood quick service restaurant, to Centre Partners, a leading middle market private equity firm. Terms of the private transaction were not disclosed.

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    CPR Cell Phone Joins Merrymeeting Group

    Merrymeeting Group and CPR Cell Phone Repair announced a company partnership on October 15, 2013. CPR Cell Phone Repair, the pioneer and fastest growing wireless technology franchise in the United States, formed a company partnership with Merrymeeting Group, a Cleveland-based firm with a portfolio of eight service-based franchise concepts including Geeks On Call, Computer Troubleshooters, Sunbelt Business Brokers and Frontier Adjusters.

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    Potbelly Goes Public

    Potbelly Corporation (Nasdaq:PBPB) announced today the closing of its previously announced initial public offering of 8,625,000 shares of common stock at a price to the public of $14.00 per share, which included 1,125,000 shares of common stock issued upon the exercise in full of the underwriters' option to purchase additional shares. The Company sold 8,474,869 shares of common stock and certain stockholders sold 150,131 shares of common stock.

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    RE/MAX Goes Public

    RE/MAX Holdings, Inc., one of the world's leading franchisors of real estate brokerage services, today announced the pricing of its initial public offering of 10,000,000 shares of Class A common stock at a public offering price of $22.00 per share.

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    Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf Acquired

    Advent International today announced that it has partnered with CDIB Capital to acquire a significant equity position in International Coffee & Tea, LLC, which owns and operates The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf (“The Coffee Bean”), the oldest and largest privately-held specialty premium coffee and tea retailer in the United States.

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    Lion’s Choice Sold To PE

    Local businessman and former Lion’s Choice executive Mark Disper, in partnership with the principals of St. Louis-based Millstone Capital Advisors, recently announced the purchase of assets from Red Lion Beef Corp., owner of the Lion’s Choice restaurant chain.

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    Good Times Restaurants Now Public

    Good Times Restaurants Inc., a regional quick service restaurant chain focused on fresh, high quality, all natural products, today announced that it has completed a public offering

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    Cold Stone’s Parent Is Acquired

    The Serruya family today announced that they have acquired a controlling interest in Kahala Corp. (“Kahala”), one of North America’s leading franchisors of quick service restaurants.

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    Noodles & Company Goes Public

    Noodles & Company (Nasdaq:NDLS) today announced the pricing of its initial public offering of 5,357,143 shares of Class A common stock at a price to the public of $18.00 per share.

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    Johnny Rockets Sold to Sun

    North Point Advisors is pleased to announce that Johnny Rockets, a portfolio company of RedZone Capital, has been acquired by an affiliate of Sun Capital Partners, Inc.

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    Extreme Pita Sells Assets

    MTY Food Group Inc., franchisor and operator of multiple concepts of quick service restaurants, announced today that its wholly - owned subsidiary MTY Tiki Ming Enterprises Inc. has entered into a binding agreement to acquire most of the assets of a group of companies from the 3 co - founders, Mr. Alex Rechichi, Mr. Mark Rechichi, and Mr. Sean Black, who own and operate the Extreme Pita, Pur Blendz and Mucho Burrito concepts www.extremebrandz.com , for a total consideration of $45 million, making it the biggest acquisition in MTY’s history. It will be paid from MTY’s cash on hand and available line of credit.

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    Java Detour Gets Investors

    Java Detour, the San Francisco-based gourmet coffee franchise company, announced today the beginning of a new wave of expansion led by a highly experienced team of franchise and retail industry experts.

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    Good Times Invests In Bad Daddy’s

    Good Times Restaurants Inc. (GTIM) today announced that it has entered into a series of agreements with Bad Daddy’s International LLC and Bad Daddy’s Franchise Development LLC for the exclusive development rights for Bad Daddy’s Burger Bar restaurants in Colorado, additional development rights for Arizona and Kansas, and the ownership of 48% of the franchisor entity, Bad Daddy’s Franchise Development LLC.

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    ZIPS Gets PE Boost

    JPB Capital Partners announced a strategic investment in Value Drycleaners of America, LLC, the parent company of ZIPS Franchising, LLC, (“ZIPS”), one of the largest franchisors of retail dry cleaners in the Mid-Atlantic region.

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    Doctors Express Sold To American Family Care

    American Family Care (AFC), one of the largest and oldest operators of urgent care and accessible primary care facilities in the country, announced today that it has agreed to terms to acquire Doctors Express (DRX), the largest franchisor of urgent care centers in the United States.

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    Hungry Bunny Gets Investors

    Tharawat Investment House (Tharawat), a Bahrain-based Islamic investment house specialized in providing and management of alternative investment business, and International Investment Bank (IIB) announced the completion of a 49% acquisition of the Hungry Bunny fast food restaurant chain, the well-known Saudi fast food brand.

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    Romano’s Macaroni Grill Sold to Ignite

    Ignite Restaurant Group (Nasdaq: IRG) today announced that it has agreed to acquire Romano's Macaroni Grill ("Macaroni Grill") for approximately $55.0 million in an all-cash transaction from private equity firm Golden Gate Capital, management and investors.

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    Value Place Secures PE Funds

    Value Place, the nation’s leading Short-Term Residential Property franchisor, developer, operator and owner, announced today that it has secured a $100 million capital investment from Lindsay Goldberg LLC, a private equity firm with $10 billion of total capital under management.

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    Sprinkles Funded By KarpReilly

    Beverly Hills-based Sprinkles Cupcakes today announced that it has received an investment from KarpReilly, LLC. Founded by Candace and Charles Nelson, Sprinkles opened in 2005 as the world's first cupcake bakery and has gone on to receive widespread acclaim for its innovative and always fresh offerings.

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    Rocky Mountain Acquires Yogurtini

    Yogurtini® (YHI, Inc), the popular national self-serve frozen yogurt franchise created by two sisters and based in Tempe, Arizona, today announces that it has entered into a definitive acquisition by Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory, Inc.

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    Go Roma Parent Acquired By DiNella Hospitality

    Roma Restaurant Investments announced that it, along with DiNella Hospitality, has acquired Fast Fresh Italian, LLC, owner of the Go Roma group of fast casual Italian restaurants in the Chicagoland area.

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    Caribou Coffee Taken Private

    Caribou Coffee Company, Inc. (NASDAQ: CBOU), the second-largest company-owned premium coffeehouse operator in the United States based on the number of coffeehouses, and the Joh. A. Benckiser Group (JAB) announced a definitive merger agreement under which an affiliate of JAB will acquire Caribou for $16.00 per share in cash, or a total of approximately $340 million.

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    Griswold Acquired By Pouschine Cook

    Griswold Home Care, a nationwide non-medical home care provider, has announced a recapitalization with Pouschine Cook Capital Management and Stonehenge Partners.

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    Wireless Zone Sold to GLENTEL

    GLENTEL Inc. announced today that it has completed the 100% share purchase of Middletown, Connecticut-based Automotive Technologies, Inc. (“ATI”) dba Wireless Zone®, a 428-store franchise system in the United States that sells Verizon Wireless products and services.

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    FAST-FIX Acquired by Pine Tree

    The McLean Group today announced that it acted as the exclusive mergers and acquisitions (M&A) investment banking advisor to FAST-FIX JEWELRY AND WATCH REPAIRS (FAST-FIX) in its sale to Pine Tree Equity, a Miami, FL-based private equity firm.

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    Interim Healthcare Sold to Halifax

    Interim HealthCare announced today it has completed, in partnership with management and The Halifax Group, an investment in Interim HealthCare, Inc., the nation’s leading home healthcare franchisor.

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    'Wood Re New' Acquired by Outdoor Living

    Consistent with its mission to enhance Americans' enjoyments of outdoor living spaces, Outdoor Living Brands has expanded its franchise opportunity portfolio with the acquisition of Wood Re New, a franchise currently focused on the environmentally friendly cleaning, staining and protecting of decks, fences and other exterior wood surfaces.

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    DKI Gets Gemini Investment

    Gemini Investors is pleased to announce the recapitalization of Disaster Kleenup International (“DKI”).

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    Senior Helpers Acquired By Levine Leichtman Capital

    The McLean Group today announced that it acted as the exclusive mergers and acquisitions (M&A) investment banking advisor to SH Franchising, LLC (Senior Helpers) in its sale to Levine Leichtman Capital Partners (LLCP), an independent investment firm with approximately $5 billion of institutional capital under management.

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    Realogy (6-Brand Franchisor) Goes Public

    Realogy Holdings Corp. (NYSE: RLGY) (the “Company”) today announced the pricing of its initial public offering of 40,000,000 shares of common stock at $27.00 per share.

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    Dogtopia Gets PE Partner

    Dogtopia, a leading national dog daycare and spa franchise, announced today it has entered into a strategic partnership with Thomas Franchise Solutions, Ltd. (TFS), an investment firm dedicated to guiding and growing select unique franchise concepts.

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    Massage Envy Acquired by Roark

    Roark Capital Group, an Atlanta-based private equity firm with a focus on investing in franchise and brand management companies, announced today that its affiliate has acquired Massage Envy, LLC, the nation’s largest provider of massage therapy and facial treatments.

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    Curves Gets PE Investment

    North Castle Partners today announced that it has completed an investment in Curves International, Inc., the largest fitness club franchisor in the world with approximately 7,300 locations in 90 countries of clubs specifically designed for women.

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    Unique Pizza Buys Pizza Fusion

    Unique Pizza and Subs Corporation (pinksheets: UPZS) today announced that it has signed a Definitive Agreement to acquire privately held Pizza Fusion Holdings, with closing expected by the end of the third calendar quarter.

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    Hertz Buys Dollar Thrifty

    Read the full Associated Press story here.

    August 28, 2012

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    Tropical Smoothie Gets PE Investment

    Atlanta-based BIP Opportunities Fund, LP (BIP) announced today that it has purchased controlling interest in Tropical Smoothie Café (TSC), a 315 unit food and smoothie franchise.

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