Cordova, Smart & Williams Invests in Eateries, Inc.
New York, NY, December 30, 2006 — Cordova, Smart & Williams, LLC (CSW), today announced that it has completed an investment in Eateries, Inc., an Oklahoma-based casual dining restaurant company with units in 23 states. Eateries operates two concepts: Garfield’s, an American casual dining chain, and Garcia’s, a Mexican casual dining chain.
Recognized for their friendly family atmosphere and mall-based themed restaurants, Eateries focuses on offering a broad menu of appetizing fare at competitive prices. This approach has enabled Eateries to expand from a single location in Edmond, Oklahoma to over 70 locations throughout the U.S., positioning the company for additional growth.
“CSW is extremely excited about our investment in Eateries. We value the organization’s entrepreneurial spirit and commitment to delivering a unique guest experience,” said Carl Cordova, a Managing Partner at CSW who will join the company’s board of directors. Also joining the board from CSW will be Joli Cooper, Industry Partner, and Jabbar Abdi, Principal.
About Eateries, Inc.
Founded in 1984 and headquartered in Edmond, Oklahoma, Eateries is the parent company of two fast-growing casual dining concepts: Garfield’s Restaurant & Pub and Garcia’s Mexican Restaurant. Located in 18 states in the eastern U.S., Garfield’s offers guests a wide variety of American menu selections. Primarily located in Phoenix, Arizona, Garcia’s Mexican Restaurant offers a traditional menu of fresh, high-quality Mexican food. For more information, visit www.eats-inc.com.
About Cordova, Smart & Williams, LLC
Cordova, Smart & Williams, LLC, is a New York based private equity firm specializing in leveraged buyouts, recapitalizations, and growth capital financings for middle market companies in the general industrial and consumer products sectors. For more information, visit www.cswprivateequity.com.