Complexity is Our Specialty

When you need a collaborative partner to deliver effective and durable resolutions to complex situations, Carl Marks Advisors is the right choice.

Restaurant Industry Experience

From national chains to independent operators, we have the experience and team to help restaurant groups navigate their challenges successfully.

Supply chain complications, persistent labor shortages, and the lingering impact of COVID-19 continue to compress margins and challenge the restaurant industry. At the same time, a growing competitive landscape and changing consumer tastes are forcing traditional restaurant operators to evolve and compete with the emergence of off-premises, delivery-oriented, and ghost kitchen models.

In order to stay relevant and competitive, restaurant operators are re-evaluating everything from pricing, staffing models, and vendor relationships to unit layouts, connecting with customers, and longer-term strategic growth plans (or footprint rationalizations).

Carl Marks Advisors is well-qualified to assist companies and their key constituents in developing plans that create value in situations that are currently unsustainable. Our wide-ranging experience in the restaurant industry allows us to work with management teams to evaluate unit profitability, improve revenue, reduce costs, and enhance cash flows for reinvestment.

We have a proven track record of working with stakeholders to effectuate balance sheet restructurings, debt conversions, and capital raising activity to strengthen the long-term viability of a distressed situation. As well, Carl Marks Advisors is uniquely qualified to run a streamlined M&A process to maximize value and uncover specialized buyers, producing optimal market prices and terms and ensuring a successful close.

Examples of Our Work

Planning for a Restaurant Rebound
What to Expect from Restaurant M&A Coming Out of the Pandemic
Inside Bar Louie’s Emergence from Bankruptcy and $82.5M Sale
Friendly’s Restaurants Enters into Sale Agreement
In-Court & Out of Court Restructuring of Bar and Restaurant Dining Facilities
Many Restaurant Companies May Be Holding Off On Bankruptcy Until The COVID-19 Uncertainty Fades

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To learn more about Carl Marks Advisors' experience and expertise in helping restaurants navigate the evolving landscape, please call or email us.