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November 2000

BRS to acquire Il Fornaio, Eyes Sale of Au Bon Pain

Nation's Restaurant News, November 27, 2000 -- As Bruckmann, Rosser, Sherrill & Co. this month agreed to buy upscale Italian dinner-house operator Il Fornaio for about $93 million, sources close to BRS said it is poised to sell the Au Bon Pain chain to Compass Group North America. Confirmation of the Au Bon Pain sale could not be obtained officially by presstime either from BRS or Charlotte, N.C.-based Compass, an arm of the British hospitality giant...