Golden Gate Capital has agreed to buy Bob Evans Restaurants from Bob Evans Farms Inc. (Nasdaq: BOBE) for $565 million plus debt. The deal comes as private equity firms show a renewed interest in restaurant chains with growth potential.

Separately, Bob Evans said it will purchase Pineland Farms Potato Co. for up to $140 million. Both transactions will allow the latter to focus on its BEF Foods packaged foods business and concludes the company’s strategic review process.

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