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The Power 20

This year's 20 elite leaders of the restaurant industry

The Power 20

Oak Hill Capital Partners

The investment firm returned to the restaurant industry in 2017 with its acquisition of Checkers & Rally’s for $525 million from another private-equity firm, Sentinel Capital.

The Power 20

L Catterton

Perhaps no investor in growth chains has been as active in the restaurant space in recent years as L Catterton.

The San Francisco-based private-equity firm has more than $15 billion in investments in a wide variety of sectors, from software to financial services.

Arguably one of the most successful multiconcept operators in the U.S., Danny Meyer has turned to investing.

Los Angeles-based Freeman Spogli had an active 2017, quickly buying the fast-casual chain Cafe Rio after selling another growth concept in First Watch.

The owner of Burger King isn’t a frequent restaurant investor, but when it does make an investment, it goes big—and has a major impact on the restaurant market in the process.

The private-equity firm made its first deal in the restaurant industry in 2015, with an investment in Barteca Holdings, parent of Barcelona Wine Bar.

In 2016, the Canada-based concept collector bought the Arizona-based Kahala Brands, giving MTY its long-desired U.S. beachhead.

The New York-based firm is one of the country’s biggest and best-known private-equity firms, and it has taken a keen interest in the restaurant business over the years.

Ruby Tuesday had been up for sale for some time in 2017 when it revealed it was to be sold to a name that was somewhat of a surprise—NRD Capital.