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May 19, 2022

Centre Partners Acquires Premier Seafood QSR Captain D's

New York, May 19, 2022 -- Centre Partners, a leading middle market private equity firm with offices in New York and Los Angeles, announced today that it has completed its acquisition of Captain D’s Seafood and affiliated entities ("Captain D's" or "the Company"), a leading seafood-themed quick service restaurant group. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Founded in 1969 and based in Nashville, Tennessee, Captain D’s operates a premier national chain of more than 500 seafood-focused quick service restaurants across the United States. Throughout its storied history, Captain D's has provided high-quality, made-to-order seafood at affordable prices.

The transaction represents Centre Partners’ second time partnering with Captain D’s and its Chief Executive Officer Phil Greifeld. Centre Partners previously acquired Captain D’s in 2013 and exited the business in 2017. The Captain D's management team has invested alongside Centre Partners and will continue to serve in their current roles.

Bruce Pollack, Managing Partner of Centre Partners, said, "We are excited to have the opportunity to partner with Phil Greifeld and this experienced executive team once again. With its differentiated menu of craveable seafood, Captain D’s provides a unique value proposition to its customers. We look forward to supporting Phil and the team as they seek to significantly expand the business."

Mr. Greifeld commented, "We are proud to welcome Centre Partners back to the Company and continue our growth story with their support. Their deep understanding of our business makes them an ideal partner for our next phase of growth. We continue to improve the customer experience with new menu offerings; streamlined digital, drive-thru and delivery options; and an expanding geographic footprint. We are excited to build upon these initiatives with Centre Partners.”

About Centre Partners   

Founded in 1986, Centre Partners is a leading middle-market private equity firm focusing on the consumer and healthcare sectors, with offices in New York and Los Angeles and over $2.5 billion of equity capital invested in more than 80 transactions. Centre Partners seeks to partner with founders, families, entrepreneurs and management teams to build exceptional businesses. Centre Partners provides management teams access to its unique resources, which includes an extended network of experienced and proven operating executives. Additional information is available at

About Captain D's  

Headquartered in Nashville, Tennessee, Captain D's owns, operates and franchises more than 500 coastal-themed restaurants across the United States. Founded in 1969, Captain D's has offered freshly-prepared seafood at an affordable price point for more than 50 years. Captain D’s serves a seafood-focused menu that includes the Company's signature hand-battered fish, which is cooked to order. The widely varied menu also includes premium-quality, grilled menu items, including shrimp and chicken, as well as hushpuppies, desserts and freshly brewed, Southern-style sweet tea, a Captain D's favorite. For more information, please visit

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