HOUSTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Ignite Restaurant Group, owner of the Joe’s Crab Shack and Brick House Tavern + Tap brands, announced that it has entered into an agreement with an affiliate of Kelly Companies, a San Diego based private equity firm, pursuant to which it would sell both of its brands for a cash bid offer.
In order to facilitate the sale, Ignite and certain of its subsidiaries have filed voluntary petitions for reorganization under Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Texas.
Pursuant to Section 363 of the Bankruptcy Code, Ignite also will be filing a motion for the implementation of bidding procedures to allow other companies the opportunity to submit bids through a Court-supervised process to purchase the assets being sold. Ignite anticipates the sale transaction, which is subject to customary closing conditions, will be completed within 60 to 90 days. Piper Jaffray & Co is being retained to conduct a sale process under the bid procedures, pursuant to which Piper Jaffray will seek higher or better offers from prospective bidders interested in purchasing the business as a whole or any of its component parts.
Both Joe’s Crab Shack and Brick House Tavern + Tap restaurants will remain open and operating as usual and Ignite customers can expect to continue to enjoy the same great food and service that they have come to expect from our brands.
“Today’s sale agreement represents the culmination of a long and thorough process, and is an important step in positioning Joe’s and Brick House for future growth and success,” said CEO Jonathan Tibus.
Michael Kelly, CEO of KRG Acquisitions Co, LLC (an affiliate of Kelly Companies), said that he is “excited about acquiring a well-known national brand such as Joe’s Crab Shack and Brick House Tavern + Tap. We look forward to delivering great food and impeccable customer service to the many valued customers of Joe’s and Brick House. KRG believes Joe’s and Brick House will benefit from KRG’s experience in the casual dining industry and its existing operational capabilities.”
Ignite has established a Restructuring Information Hotline for interested parties at (844) 752-2747. Additional information can be found on the Ignite website at http://www.igniterestaurants.com.
Court filings and information about the claims process can be found at a separate website maintained by Ignite’s claims agent, Garden City Group, at www.gardencitygroup.com/cases/irg
Alvarez & Marsal is serving as financial advisor, Piper Jaffray & Co is serving as M&A advisor and King & Spalding LLP is serving as legal advisor to Ignite.
ABOUT IGNITE RESTAURANT GROUP
Ignite Restaurant Group, Inc., headquartered in Houston, Texas, operates a portfolio of restaurant concepts, including Joe's Crab Shack and Brick House Tavern + Tap, in a diverse set of markets across the United States. Each brand offers a variety of high-quality food in a distinctive, casual, high-energy atmosphere. For more information on Ignite and its distinctive brands visit www.igniterestaurantgroup.com.
ABOUT KRG ACQUISITIONS CO, LLC
KRG Acquisitions Co, LLC is the acquisitions arm of Kelly Companies of Southern California, LLC (“Kelly Companies”). Kelly Companies and their affiliates are a San Diego based private equity firm formed in 1993 that has been a buyer of real estate, companies and debt. Kelly Companies currently owns and operates over 100 restaurants nationwide.
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