Advent International has agreed to acquire a majority stake in breakfast cafe operator First Watch Restaurants from Freeman Spogli & Co. The target's management team will keep a stake in the company.
First Watch, founded in 1983 and based in University Park, Florida, operates more than 300 locations mostly in Florida, Texas, Ohio, Colorado and Arizona. The target emphasizes on providing a unique farm-to-table experience through a variety of healthy, traditional food with a focus on fresh ingredients. In addition to traditional breakfast items such as omelettes and pancakes, First Watch offers avocado toast, granola bowls and power wraps. Along with its namesake, First Watch owns the Egg & I, the Good Egg and Bread & Co. brands. Jefferies, North Point Advisors and Morgan Lewis & Bockius are advising the sellers. Weil Gotshal & Manges is representing Advent.