Steve Romaniello, managing director at Roark Capital Group and chairman of Focus Brands, is eager to get a center-of-the-plate concept into the private-equity firmâ€™s portfolio.After securing $1 billion for Roarkâ€™s second institutional fund last year before the economy spiraled downward, the firm is looking to invest in more franchised businesses with strong management teams that it can help grow. Its largest restaurant holding, Focus Brands, operates or franchises nearly 2,200 locations ...
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