While running Koo Koo Roo and Famiglia Toscana Rosti, operator John Kaufman admired the fast-casual Pat & Oscar’s from afar, especially for the chain’s cult-like following in the San Diego market and its family-targeted value positioning. With business partner Tim Foley, the duo attempted to acquire the 19-unit chain two years ago, but owners Pacific Equity Partners accepted another offer. Yet, when that buyer’s financing fell through in 2007, Kaufman and Foley made another ...

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