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In a potential sign of things to come, Atlanta-based private equity firm Roark Capital has reached a pair of agreements that allow it to purchase three restaurant chains from their respective owners including Arby's, Corner Bakery Café and Il Fornaio Restaurants and Bakeries.
A small kitchen footprint allows this revitalized fast-casual concept to produce a limited menu featuring fried chicken, sides and bread.
Firehouse Subs is hot, posting double-digit revenue and unit increases last year with even bigger gains anticipated this year. Don Fox, chief executive officer, credits the surge in part to loosening of credit markets, which enabled it to open 43 stores last year and 30 as of mid-May this year, with another 50 to 70 to be added by year's end.