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As restaurant stocks soar, IPOs become an option again

Shares in restaurant chains have taken off this year as sales recover across the board, and going public suddenly becomes an option again, says RB’s The Bottom Line.


Dutch Bros Coffee is reportedly considering an IPO

The company, backed by the private equity group TSG Consumer Partners, called a Bloomberg report of a potential offering this year “pure speculation.”

The doughnut chain, which was taken private in 2016, has confidentially filed with federal regulators for an initial public offering.

The owner of Old Country Buffet merged with Ryan’s in 2006. The company’s bankruptcy-laden history in the years since is a lesson in the dangers of debt and the persistence of zombie chains, says RB’s The Bottom Line.

The number of blank-check companies has slowed dramatically amid SEC attention and concern about the unprecedented popularity of the investment vehicles, says RB’s The Bottom Line.

Dave Bagley, managing director of Carl Marks Advisors, joins the RB podcast “A Deeper Dive” to talk about trends in mergers and acquisitions in the restaurant space.

The company made an emphatic statement on Wednesday as rumors continue to spread that it is on the market.

Fresh Acquisitions operates a half-dozen mostly buffet brands, has closed all but six Tahoe Joe’s restaurants and plans to focus on that brand as well as a redesigned Furr’s concept.

As the filing by Golden Corral’s second-largest franchisee demonstrates, filings by big operators and chains could still come even as sales improve, says RB’s The Bottom Line.

Disrupt Foods, cofounded by New Orleans Saints player Malcolm Jenkins, has created a program that will manage athletes' and entertainers’ franchise investments in top fast-food brands.

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