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Roark Buys Miller's Ale House

Former RARE CEO Hickey to lead the 65-unit casual dining chain. 

Atlanta-based private equity firm Roark Capital Group has acquired Miller's Ale House, a 65-unit casual dining restaurant chain with approximately $300 million in system-wide sales, from Jack Miller and SKM Equity Fund III, L.P. As part of the transaction, restaurant industry veteran and current National Restaurant Association Chairman Phil Hickey will join Miller's Ale House as chairman.

Hickey has more than 35 years in the restaurant industry, having previously served as chairman of the board/chief executive officer of RARE Hospitality whose concepts included LongHorn Steakhouse and the Capital Grille.

This investment is Roark's 13th restaurant brand, and second full-service restaurant concept, according to a company release. Other Roark restaurant concepts include Arby's, Auntie Anne's, Cinnabon, Carvel Ice Cream, Corner Bakery, Il Fornaio, McAlister's Deli, Moe's Southwest Grill, Schlotzsky's and Wingstop.