This business runs 250 UK restaurants, mainly under the Prezzo brand of Italian eateries and Mexican chain Chimichanga. Started in 2000, it was listed on AIM in 2002, but last January was bought by private equity firm TPG Capital in a £304m deal. Founder Jonathan Kaye, 37, whose family were also behind brands such as Garfunkels, Café Uno, Ask and Zizzi, has become a non-executive director. TPG’s Dirk Eller, 43, is interim chief executive, working with chairman David Niven, 63, former chief of Nando’s.
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