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What is Restaurantology?

The journey for operators with 2-20 units is a tough one. Where do you turn? Who do you talk to for advice when you are not like the “big guys”?

Restaurntology is a destination for industry advice, best practices, tips and tricks, and a host of other helpful restaurant owner content — it is also Savory Fund’s annual conferences where industry leaders gather to discuss restaurant trends. We’re focused on the questions small restaurant owners are facing and are here to offer solutions, how-tos, tips and tricks for anyone voyaging in the restaurant world. As we like to say, a rising tide lifts all boats. – and we want everyone to win.

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In Partnership with QSR’s Fast Forward podcast, we’ve taken this year’s conference to the airwaves. Hosted by Sam Oches, we’re discussing everything from Covid response to growth strategy.

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November 10, 2021

Savory Fund invests $20M in Hash Kitchen breakfast-brunch concept

Investment company Savory Fund has acquired a $20 million stake in the five-unit breakfast-brunch concept Hash Kitchen of Scottsdale, Ariz., the companies announced Wednesday. Andrew Smith, a general manager the…
September 16, 2021

$200 Million Savory Fund Invests in Burger and Kebab Concept, Pincho

Savory Fund announced today that it has invested in the popular burger and kebab concept, Pincho. The Miami-based fast-casual chain is the latest brand to attract growth capital from Mercato Partners’ $200…
September 9, 2021

2021 Restaurantology Conference to Be Held in Salt Lake City in September

More than 350 restaurant founders and leadership teams will gather in Salt Lake City next month to learn the critical steps necessary to evolve from promising emerging concepts to powerhouse…


July 16, 2021

Mercato’s Andrew Smith: Now is a “Golden Age” for Restaurants

The restaurant sector was one of the hardest hit during the pandemic, but the industry is rebounding rapidly, as consumers embrace going out again. Mercato Partners is jumping at the…
June 22, 2021

Former Garbanzo CEO James Park joins Mercato Partners’ Savory Funds as an operating partner

Mercato Partners has named James Park its first operating partner, with responsibility for helping to identify restaurant brands for the private equity firm to acquire and help grow. “He’s a…
June 2, 2021

Mercato Partners Bets on Post-Pandemic Restaurant Rebound With New $100 Million Fund

Armed with a new $100 million fund, Mercato Partners is again looking to back promising restaurant concepts as more cities and towns across the U.S. cautiously set aside coronavirus restrictions.…
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