West Coast Franchisor Expands with Acquisition of Authentic Mediterranean Cuisine Chain
FAT (Fresh. Authentic. Tasty.) Brands Inc. (NASDAQ: FAT) completed the acquisition of Yalla Mediterranean, a Los Angeles-based chain specializing in authentic, healthful Mediterranean cuisine and environmentally-friendly operations. With the acquisition of Yalla Mediterranean, FAT Brands franchises more than 300 restaurants worldwide and has over 300 additional restaurants under development in 32 countries, with annual system-wide sales greater than $300 million.
Founded in 2014, Yalla Mediterranean serves authentic cuisine prepared fresh daily with farm-friendly, GMO-free local ingredients from a menu that includes vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free and dairy-free options to accommodate customers with a wide variety of dining needs and preferences. The brand demonstrates its commitment to the environment by using responsibly-sourced proteins and utensils, bowls and serving trays made from compostable materials. Each of Yalla’s seven locations across California also feature on-tap selections of craft beers and fine wines.
FAT Brands’ acquisition of Yalla Mediterranean expands its already-diverse portfolio of brands, which includes Fatburger, Buffalo’s Cafe, Buffalo’s express, Hurricane Grill & Wings and Ponderosa and Bonanza Steakhouses.
“Yalla Mediterranean’s commitment to authentic, healthy and responsibly-sourced products aligns strongly with FAT Brands’ commitment to providing guests with high-quality, made-to-order meals,” said Andy Wiederhorn, President and CEO of FAT Brands. “By bringing Yalla Mediterranean into the FAT Brands family, we’ll be able to help the brand grow its footprint in its existing markets and expand to new markets through our extensive network of franchise partners.”