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Native Foods Café bought by Private Equity Company

Millstone Capital Advisors has acquired Native Foods Café, a plant-based, fast-casual restaurant chain. The concept will remain under the leadership of Scott McDonnell, the chain’s president, and its management team.

Founded in 1994, Native Foods Café has 13 restaurants across California, Colorado, Oregon and Illinois. The chain’s 100-percent plant-based menu features chef-crafted, made-from-scratch entrees with global flavors, including Pad Thai, Bulgogi Kimchi Tacos, Native Double Cheeseburger and Chicken & Waffles.

The acquisition of Native Foods Café represents Millstone Capital Advisors’ second investment in the quick-service and fast-casual dining segments. In 2013, the company purchased St. Louis-based Lion’s Choice family of restaurants, which has 26 locations throughout the St. Louis metropolitan area.