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Sifting Your Investment Options in The Restaurant Industry --

Dealmaking in a Saturated Market



Private Equity Investing

In Restaurant Companies



Nathan Chandrasekaran

Managing Director

TZP Group




Tuesday, October 10, 2017

8:00 am – 5:00 pm

New York City






Lee Cohn, Reconstruction Partners LLC
Anish Gandhi, Brookwood Associates LLC
Eric R. Korsten, Branford Castle Partners LP
Sarah E. Lockyer, Winsight LLC
Peter S. Petrosian, PSP Management Consulting
Raymond J. Zale, Anton & Chia LLP

Faculty | Schedule | Registration | Location | Sponsorship | Audio Package |

There are so many food options out there these days that deciding what to eat can be exhausting.


The same exhaustion applies to private equity investors looking for restaurant deals. But even as the number and variety of investment options explodes, restaurant spending is growing only slowly -- projected to rise 1.7% in 2017 adjusted for inflation, slower than historical standards, according to the National Restaurant Association.


That makes it all the more important to choose a winning formula, while also assessing how well a restaurant company is incorporating new technologies and adjusting to changing dining habits.


You don’t want to invest in a restaurant chain without understanding its social media strategy, or how it’s adapting to the “get-it-now” economy. How fast is its service?  And how is it thinking about making it faster? Can you pay with an app or order online? How responsive is management to bad reviews on services like Yelp or complaints on Twitter?


Perhaps even more importantly, you need to know about its delivery strategy. With more and more people ordering out for dinner or eating lunch at their desks, investing in a restaurant business without a delivery plan is likely a no-go.


Panera Bread, for one, understands this. The fast-casual chain, known for a pleasant dining-in experience, has turned its attention to expanding delivery to 35% to 40% of locations by the end of 2017. It’s no coincidence that Panera recently found a willing buyer in JAB Holding.


Register Now to attend The Capital Roundtable’s conference on “Private Equity Investing in Restaurant Companies” being held in New York City on Tuesday, October 10.


Join the Capital Roundtable to study how to find a pearl in the endless supply of oysters that is the restaurant business right now.


Among the many changes impacting the industry that we’ll discuss--

  • Tech trends -- How successful restaurants are embracing delivery, online and kiosk ordering, payment and promotions in apps, and social media.
  • Cultural trends -- As more customers order in, seek new experiences or new types of food, or expect their food faster, how are restaurants and PE investors adapting?
  • Economic trends -- How should you think about rising labor and unpredictable commodity costs.

Click here to receive our best rate -- a savings of $400 on our regular conference rates!


Here are some of the topics that our 20 expert speakers promise to spotlight -- 

  • Should meal kit companies and grocery delivery services be on restaurant investors’ shopping list?
  • How do you sort through the many delivery options out there -- Seamless vs. Ubereats vs Postmates vs, etc.? Which are best suited to partner with your portfolio companies?
  • Which technologies that the “big guys” are implementing make sense to roll out at a one-location restaurant?
  • Which sectors should you invest in ahead of a possible economic downturn?
  • How do you turn around a distressed restaurant in your portfolio? Should you look to find and invest in distressed restaurants?
  • Should you go small and aim for high growth or go for the steady returns of a franchise?
  • What are the options for investing in “Eatertainment” -- the trend of restaurant investing as part of an experience (think Dave & Buster’s)?
  • Is the organic, healthy eating trend overdone?
  • What are regulatory and trade issues to be aware of -- such as minimum wage laws and cross-border supply chains?
  • Do indulgence investments make sense?
  • How do portfolio companies cope with a tight job market?
  • Which players can offer the best exits and what are they looking for?
  • How are restaurants thinking about sustainability initiatives?
  • Where do new investors in the sector often make mistakes?
  • How do you identify and evaluate management teams and PE professionals with the skills to succeed in restaurants?
  • What are picky lenders looking for?
  • What are best practices to drive EBITDA margin expansion?
  • Where are returns headed? 

Here Are Three Reasons Why You Should Join Us


  1. Learn about the cultural trends shaking up the industry.
  2. Hear about which sectors are over-saturated and which still have room to invest.
  3. Get tips on safeguarding yourself from spiking labor or commodity costs.


Register Now to Join Nathan Chandrasekaran

And More Than 20 Industry Experts


Nathan Chandrasekaran is managing director at TZP Group, which he joined in September 2007. Over the last decade, Nathan has explored numerous investment opportunities in the restaurant industry and has been around the restaurant industry for many years, given his family has invested in both independent and franchised restaurant concepts. He launched his career as a business analyst at Deloitte Consulting and then joined he joined the business strategy group at inCode Wireless, a global wireless business and technology consulting firm.  During his four years in strategic consulting, Nate worked with a number of clients to assist them in developing business strategy, improving operations, and raising capital. He joined Merrill Lynch as an associate and served clients in the global investment banking group, where he worked on numerous M&A and financing transactions.  He serves as a director on the boards of BQ Resorts, Snap Fitness, and Lift Brands.


Nate earned a BA magna cum laude in neuroscience at Bowdoin College and an MBA from The Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.


Register Now to Hear How 20 Top Leaders
Source Deals, Find Talent, & Drive Revenues


This conference brings you exclusive panel discussions, conversations, and keynotes

featuring a who's who of PE dealmakers.  You'll hear how they --

  • Consider the pros and cons of investing in franchise versus company-owned concepts.
  • Sort through the smorgasbord of valuations placed on restaurant companies right now.
  • Control potential problems with food quality at the restaurants they own.

Three More Reasons Why You Should Join Us  

  • Hear tips for understanding how scalable a restaurant concept is.
  • Get insights on how to fund deals because some lenders step away from restaurants.
  • Better understand trends in real estate and malls and how restaurants are affected.

Recent Middle-Market Restaurant Deals

  • Golden Gate Capital bought Bob Evans Restaurants, a full-service restaurant operator, for $565 million cash.
  • Catterton invested in Punch Bowl Social, a Denver-based operator of restaurants in the “eatertainment” category.
  • AP Franchised Concepts invested in California’s The Kebab Shop.
  • Cerberus Capital bought Garden Fresh, the bankrupt operator of the Souplantation and Sweet Tomatoes concepts.
  • Frontier Capital invested $40 million in Dinova, a marketplace that connects business diners and restaurants.
  • Balmoral Funds bought MOOYAH Holdings, a Texas-based fast-casual restaurant franchisor.
  • H.I.G. Capital-backed Cerca Trova Restaurant Concepts bought 45 Outback Steakhouses from Bloomin' Brands.
  • Oak Hill Capital Ventures bought Florida-based drive-through chain Checkers & Rally's for $525 million from Sentinel Capital Partners.
  • General Atlantic took a minority stake in Austin, Texas-based Torchy's Tacos.
  • Brentwood Associates sold Arkansas-based K-MAC Holdings Corp., a franchisor of Taco Bell, KFC, and other Yum! Brand restaurants.

This Capital Roundtable conference is the ideal place to expand your network and open up pathways to future deals. The day’s agenda includes ample time to let you --

  • Meet fellow attendees and featured speakers
  • Enhance your personal database with valuable new connections
  • Share both ideas and business cards
  • Meet potential investment partners and clients

Keep in mind this conference is certain to fill up quickly, so you’ll want to register as soon as possible to assure yourself a seat. To avoid disappointment, please contact Sarah Burd today to confirm your attendance at 212-832-7300 ext. 0 or


 Who Should Attend


Designed to Meet the Needs of GPs, LPs, & Managers of Buyout, Growth Equity, Mezzanine, BDC, and Lending Funds, as Well as Independent Sponsors, Operating Partners, Portfolio Company Managers, and the Bankers, Lawyers, Accountants, & Other Advisors Who Support Them.




We look forward to having you join us on Tuesday, October 10.


Conference Organizers


This conference is being produced by The Capital Roundtable, America’s leading conference organization focusing on “need-to-know” information for professionals in the middle-market private equity community.  For more information about The Capital Roundtable’s 25 annual conferences and other events and programs, please visit




 Speaking & Business Development Opportunities


We offer excellent speaking, marketing, and business development opportunities to reach the middle‑market private equity community. For more details, please contact Sarah Burd or Claire Notton at 212-832-7300 or by email at or




Have a Question?


Please contact Sarah Burd at or 212-832-7300 ext. 0.




Who We Are


This Capital Roundtable conference in midtown, New York City, is all-business, all-targeted, all-designed to be a completely focused day of practical information and revealing insights about restaurant companies. You’ll gain valuable insights from --

  • Three informative panel discussions
  • Two revealing keynote presentations
  • Real-world perspectives from restaurant company investors
  • Industry outlooks from noted sector experts
  • War stories and lessons learned from experienced hands

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Chaired By

  • Nathan Chandrasekaran, Managing Director, TZP Group


Hosted By

  • Burt Alimansky, Chairman & CEO, The Capital Roundtable


  • Lee Cohn, Managing Partner, Reconstruction Partners LLC
  • Anish Gandhi, Managing Director, Brookwood Associates LLC
  • Eric R. Korsten, Managing Director, Branford Castle Partners LP
  • Sarah E. Lockyer, S.V.P. of Content, Winsight LLC
  • Peter S. Petrosian, President, PSP Management Consulting
  • Raymond J. Zale, Partner-in-Charge--Consultancy & Advisory, Anton & Chia LLP

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Networking & Registration & Breakfast

08:30 -09:00

Welcoming Remarks & Audience Self-Introductions

09:00 -09:30

Conference Chairman’s Introduction --

  • Nathan Chandrasekaran, TZP Group LLC

09:30 -10:30

First Panel --

From Food Trucks to “Eatertainment”, Restaurant Options Burgeon --
But Deciphering Which Have a Future Isn’t Easy

10:30 -11:15

Networking & Coffee

11:15 -12:00

Morning Conversation --

Meal Kits & Eating in Are the Cool Kids on the Block --
Here’s How Successful Restaurant Companies are Capitalizing on These Trends

12:00 -12:30

Morning Keynote

12:30 -01:30

Networking & Luncheon  

01:30 -02:30

Second Panel --

From Robots, to Ordering, to Payment --
How Restaurant Companies are Embracing Technology

02:30 -02:45

Networking & Dessert

02:45 -03:30

Afternoon Conversaton --

Takeaways from Chipotle’s Quality Control Issues --
Best Practices from the Supply Chain to the Front of House

03:30 -04:30

Third Panel --

What Capital Structure Works Best for Restaurant Companies? --
And Where Should Investors Source Debt?


Networking & Adjournment



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Space at this conference is limited, so register as soon as possible to assure yourself a seat. To avoid disappointment, please contact Sarah Burd today to confirm your attendance at 212-832-7300 ext. 0 or


Please note that The Capital Roundtable limits the number of registrants from a single firm to three.


  • Best Rate -- Early Registration -- Save $400 off the standard fee of $1495 when you register by Friday, August 11. Just $1095.


  • Incentive Registration -- save $200 off the standard fee!
    Register by Friday, September 1, and the fee for the conference is $1295.


  • Conference Rate -- $1,495 increasing to $1,595 day of conference, space permitting.


  • Group Rate -- $995 each, when you register two or more people to attend from the same company.


Register Now


You can pay by credit card (using the links above) or by check. Mail your check and business card to: The Capital Roundtable, 747 Third Avenue, Suite 200, New York, NY 10017.

Have a special question? Please contact Sarah Burd at or 212-832-7300 ext 0.


From time to time, for reasons beyond Capital Roundtable's control, program schedules and speakers become subject to change.  We make every effort to announce substantive changes by email to registrants at least 48 hours in advance.

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  • Midtown, NYC

    Details provided upon registration

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Audio Package

Can't attend but want to hear the program? You can buy the audio package along with the handouts. Purchase the audio package online now.

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We offer excellent marketing and business development opportunities to reach the middle‑market private equity community. For more details, please contact Claire Notton at 212-832-7300 ext.117, or by email at

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