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Brentwood Associates Announces Investment in Afterburn Holdings

Brentwood Associates (“Brentwood”), a leading middle-market private equity investment firm, announced it has acquired a majority interest in Afterburn Holdings, LLC (“Afterburn Holdings” or the “Company”). Afterburn Holdings is a...

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How Blaze Ignited a Pizza Revolution

A BONA FIDE BRAND - Blaze’s success has so far been unprecedented. Its 200 locations in its first five years earned it the designation from Technomic as the “fastest-growing restaurant chain ever.” Its 300th store opened in Miami in November, and the company says it will open a new restaurant every five or six days this year, with the 500th location probably arriving by 2021.

The lunch rush should be over at the contemporary fast casual on Colorado Boulevard in Pasadena, California, and yet the place is buzzing. A queue of customers slowly marches its way down a make line while employees flutter around to the...

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Blaze Pizza tops this year’s Fast & Serious list, our annual ranking of the 40 smartest-growing

The 300-location mark is a pretty big deal in franchising; it’s a milestone that few concepts ever reach. Just 108 franchised brands have grown beyond the 300 mark. It was a nice milestone at Blaze, but when the company ticked over 300 in...

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