Golden Gate Bell Restaurant Holdings Acquires 13 Additional Taco Bell Restaurants in Northern California



Golden Gate Bell Restaurant Holdings Acquires 13 Additional Taco Bell Restaurants in Northern CaliforniaGolden Gate Bell Restaurant Holdings Acquires 13 Additional Taco Bell Restaurants in Northern CaliforniaGolden Gate Bell Restaurant Holdings, LLC (GGBRH), the holding company of Taco Bell franchisee Golden Gate Bell, LLC (GGB) and an affiliate of A&C Ventures Inc. (ACV), is pleased to announce that GGB has acquired 13 Taco Bell restaurants from Dallas, TX-based Aksan United Fortune. The Aksan restaurants, located primarily in Sonoma and Napa Counties, will compliment GGB’s recent purchase of 72 San Francisco Bay Area Taco Bell restaurants from Dolan Foster Enterprises.  Management of the additional restaurants will be assumed by the Pleasanton, CA-based GGB executive team led by Randy Rodrigues, Paul Luce and Monica Schneider.  With this acquisition, Golden Gate Bell now operates 85 Taco Bell restaurants and becomes the largest Taco Bell franchisee in California as well as one of the larger franchisees of the brand in the nation.

David Grieve, President of ACV and Manager of GGBRH said, “We couldn’t be more thrilled to add the Aksan restaurants to our Golden Gate Bell portfolio.  Randy and his team are doing a tremendous job integrating the existing employees and new stores with the Dolan Foster restaurants we recently acquired.  Synergistically, both from an operational and location standpoint, the new restaurants weave nicely into our Northern California footprint.  Having recently returned from the Taco Bell franchisee FRANMAC convention, we’re all very excited with the slate of brand initiatives on the table and look forward to thoughtfully expanding our YUM! Brands portfolio in the future.”

Auspex Capital represented Aksan as an exclusive investment banking advisor in the deal.  For the business acquisition and development loan facilities, Citizens Bank served as Sole Lead Arranger, Bookrunner and Administrative Agent, with Bank of America and BMO Harris Bank rounding out the syndicate.  Heritage Bank of Commerce funded the acquisition of real estate associated with the sale.

Golden Gate Bell Restaurant Holdings Acquires 13 Additional Taco Bell Restaurants in Northern CaliforniaA&C Ventures, Inc. (www.acventures.com) is a private commercial real-estate investment company headquartered in Sonoma, California. Since its inception in 1992, ACV has acquired more than 400 properties in 35 states valued at over one billion dollars, and currently owns 170 properties in 30 states with an asset value in excess of $700 million. For more information, contact Matt Howarth, Chief Operating Officer, at mhowarth@acventures.com or (707) 935-3700.

Taco Bell Corp., a subsidiary of Yum! Brands, Inc., (NYSE: YUM), is the nation’s leading Mexican-inspired quick service restaurant company. Taco Bell serves made to order and customizable tacos, burritos, and specialties such as the exclusive Doritos Locos Tacos, gourmet-inspired Cantina Bell Menu and lower calorie Fresco Menu. The company encourages customers to “Live Más,” both through its food and in ways such as its Feed The Beat music program and its nonprofit organization, the Taco Bell Foundation for Teens. Taco Bell and its more than 350 franchise organizations have nearly 6,000 restaurants across the United States that proudly serve more than 36 million customers every week.