Roark Capital Group, an Atlanta-based private equity firm, made a growth-equity investment in Chicago-based Naf Naf Grill, a fast casual concept serving authentic Middle Eastern cuisine in an Americanized format.
Following the investment, whose amount was not disclosed, founders David Sloan and Sahar Sander will continue to lead Naf Naf Grill as Co-CEOs. As part of it, restaurant industry veterans Gary Beisler and George Condos will join the Board.
Founded in 2008 by Sander, Sloan, Elan Burger, and Justin Halpenny, the company operates locations for authentic Middle Eastern food including oven baked pitas, hand cut salads, and freshly prepared sauces all served as an accompaniment to shawarma and falafel. Naf Naf is a fast casual format with 13 units open and 4 more under development.