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Gaucho

Gaucho is a restaurant group operating under two distinctive brands: Gaucho, targeted at the premium and special occasion market segment and aspirational casual dining chain, CAU.

Gaucho restaurants offer high quality dining, with an emphasis on authentic Argentinian cuisine, particularly steaks, and an extensive fine wine list. With 12 restaurants across London, there are four more in Leeds, Manchester, Dubai and Hong Kong.

CAU was first launched in 2010 and has grown rapidly, with 16 restaurants in the UK and one in Amsterdam. It has a “Buenos Aires” theme and rates highly with consumers for the quality of the food and overall experience.

The group has a passion for all things Argentinian, where it sources the best quality grass fed beef and an extensive range of unique wines.

Equistone previously backed a management buyout of Gaucho in 2005. Equistone supported plans to increase revenue and rollout new sites. In 2006, the business was sold to Phoenix, resulting in a return of 2.5x the original investment.

Investment Date

Jan 2016

Country

UK

Business Description

Restaurants & Bars

Revenue at ACQ.

£69m

Employees at ACQ.

1,380

Investment Type

Secondary MBO

Gaucho 1

Their investment will provide us with the firepower and expertise necessary to expand our restaurant footprint whilst continuing to deliver an outstanding dining experience for our customers.