Private-equity interest in the restaurant industry is growing by the day, analysts and industry observers have noted, and a working list of which companies are next for a possible buyout is getting longer. Since February, a plethora of deals have closed or are in the making. CKE Restaurants Inc., which owns the Hardee’s and Carl’s Jr. brands, is debating two private-equity offers, one from Thomas H. Lee Partners valued at $928 million, and a potentially larger offer reportedly ...
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