11 Things Investors Consider When Buying a Fast Casual

April 11, 2018

Lately, you may have noticed that a lot of QSR & Casual Dining chains are being purchased by private equity firms. For example:


- Rhone Group purchases Fogo de Chao for $560 Million 

- Sentinel Capital Partners buys Captain D's

- Jack in the Box sells the Mexican food chain Qdoba to Apollo Global Management

- Arby's acquires Buffalo Wild Wings for $2.9 Billion


These are just a few of the major acquisitions that have taken place in recent months. Ever wonder what the key elements are in buying a chain? Well, look no further! Below are the 11 major things the private equity firms look for when acquiring a chain. To read the full details of each requirement, click here!


1. Strong Unit-Level Economics

2. Clean Financials

3. A Concept that Resonates

4.Some Track Record of Success

5. A Willingness to Grow

6. Replicable and Scaliable

7. Foundational Brand Elements in place

8. Strategic & Prudent Direction

9. A Plan in place

10. An Energized Team

11. A Little Luck



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