CapitalSpring invests in the growth of Bushfire Kitchen

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The five-unit Bushfire Kitchen has received an investment to help it expand in Southern California. / Photo courtesy of Bushfire Kitchen.

Bushfire Kitchen, a five-unit Southern California chain, has received an investment from private equity firm CapitalSpring designed to help the healthy, casual concept accelerate its growth, the companies announced this week.

Bushfire was started in 2012 by Clive Barwin and his cousin Brandon Barwin, a chef. The concept offers a menu of bowls, salads, sandwiches, burgers and other dishes, as well as a Happy Hour and bar menu.

The company says its food is “made slowly and served quickly” and offers vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free options. “From our first visit, we could tell Bushfire Kitchen’s unique menu set it apart from the competition,” CapitalSpring partner Erik Herrmann said in a statement. “The food and atmosphere were fantastic, and we were excited to partner with the Barwin family to expand this great brand into new markets.”

Jim Balis, managing director of CapitalSpring’s strategic operations group, said the brand’s fresh ingredients, contemporary setting and fast, relaxed service model “differentiate” the concept in the industry.

Oliver Barwin, CEO of Bushfire, said the investment will help the channel “embark on the next chapter of our journey”.

The company said its plan is to expand into Southern California and beyond.

Growth chain investment like this has slowed over the past two years, with much of the activity confined to a number of private equity groups and venture capital firms. But overall, mergers and acquisitions seem to have increased lately, with companies such as Famous Dave’s and Qdoba, as well as frozen yogurt chain 16 Handles, all having new owners.

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