Landry’s Makes a $3M Bid for Restaurants Unlimited

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The “Billion Dollar Buyer,” who built Landry’s in part by acquiring chains such as Morton’s The Steakhouse, Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. and Claim Jumper when their valuations were cheap or the companies were in bankruptcy, is on the prowl again, with a $37 million bid for Restaurants Unlimited. Landry’s is the “stalking horse,” or lead… read more

Seven Restaurant Concepts are Under the Group’s Umbrella

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A new Atlanta-based franchising company is looking to grow small, emerging restaurant brands. Empire Franchise Group is the new entity from the merger of holding companies operated by Dennis McKinley of Detroit Equities and Greg George of Rising Phoenix Group. The deal will pull seven restaurant brands under the Empire umbrella, including Buzzed Bull Creamery,… read more

Takeaway.com’s Possible Bid for Just Eat May Spark Food Fight

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Takeaway.com is in takeover talks with rival Just Eat Plc, a $5.3 billion deal that would mark a fight against rivals including Uber Technologies Inc. The food delivery industry in Europe has been a battleground, with rivals competing on prices and copying each other’s business models. The all-share deal that’s being considered from Takeaway is… read more

C.H. Guenther Acquires McDonald’s Bun Baker

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C.H. Guenther & Son L.L.C. has acquired Mid South Baking Co., supplier of buns and English muffins to quick-service restaurants in the southern United States. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Founded in 1978, Mid South provides buns and English muffins to 3,500 McDonald’s restaurants in 18 states. The company operates two baking… read more

José Andrés to Open Two Restaurants in Florida Disney Complex

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Chef and restaurateur José Andrés is scheduled to bring a brick-and-mortar location of his Spanish sandwich food truck concept Pepe to Disney Springs at the Walt Disney Resort in Florida, the company said. Andrés is planning to open Pepe — which will be attached to the upcoming sixth location of his casual-dining concept Jaleo —… read more

Dave & Buster’s to Test Fast-Casual Platform

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After 36 years as a big-box casual-dining and gaming destination, Dave & Buster’s Entertainment Inc. by the end of the year will test its first fast-casual foodservice offering – a street-tacos-oriented concept called “T&T Tacos,” executives said. “We are on track to test our first fast-casual offering,” said Brian Jenkins, Dave & Buster’s CEO, in… read more