Blue Sage Capital buys Mr. Gatti's pizza chain

 
Dec. 9, 2004

AUSTIN, Texas — Blue Sage Capital has purchased the 150-unit Mr. Gatti's Inc. from longtime owner L.D. Brinkman

According to a news release, Mr. Gatti's owns, operates and franchises approximately 150 pizza and entertainment restaurants in nine states, and serves a variety of pizzas and Italian-style foods served in a family-centered atmosphere. Several stores incorporate a fun center featuring private party rooms, video games, carousels and other amusements.

The sale price of the deal, which was completed in November, was not disclosed.

According to Blue Sage's Jim McBride, Mr. Gatti's annual sales are $150 million.

Brinkman, who led Mr. Gatti's for the last 26 years, said, "I cherish my association with the employees, franchisees and customers who have supported us in the past and helped make Mr. Gatti's what it is today."

McBride called "Mr. Gatti's is a very good fit with Blue Sage's investment strategy. We are excited to work alongside management to continue growing the business based on a proven, profitable, differentiated formula."

Blue Sage is an Austin, Texas-based private equity firm founded that specializes in growth, recapitalization and buyout financings of middle market companies based in Texas and the Southwest. Most of Blue Sage's investments are in established, profitable companies with $5 million to $100 million in revenue.


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