AUA Private Equity-Backed Tijuana Flats Restaurants Hires Industry Veteran Perry Jones as Vice President of Real Estate

New York, NY – February 7, 2017 – AUA Private Equity Partners, LLC (“AUA Private Equity”), announced Perry Jones as Vice President of Real Restate for its portfolio company Tijuana Flats Restaurant Group, LLC (“Tijuana Flats”), a fast-casual Tex-Mex dining experience with locations in Florida, Georgia, Indiana, North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia.  In this newly created role for the growing franchise, Mr. Jones brings 15 years of applicable industry experience to help lead the execution of a new store development strategy and in managing the existing Tijuana Flats real estate portfolio. Additionally, he will work closely with the board of director’s real estate committee to develop a sound and profitable multi-state, multi-year growth strategy.

“As Tijuana Flats continues to expand to new markets both inside and outside of Florida, it is increasingly important for us to strategically select locations that are not only excited about our food, but will also embrace our ‘Flat Outrageous’ brand,” said Larry Ryback, CEO of Tijuana Flats. “Bringing on someone as experienced and as well-versed in new store development as Perry is an exciting moment for us – one that will undoubtedly result in unprecedented company growth. We are thrilled to have him on our team.”

As the former Vice President of Real Estate and Development at Rave Restaurant Group, Mr. Jones assisted in the development of Dallas-based Pie Five Co and Pizza Inn locations both domestically and internationally. Mr. Jones’ new role at Tijuana Flats was effective starting January 30, 2017.

Tijuana Flats Restaurant
Established in 1995 in Winter Park, Florida, Tijuana Flats Restaurant Group, LLC is a unique, fast-casual Tex-Mex dining experience featuring superior guest service and fresh, made-to-order food. Tijuana Flats has 125 locations in Florida, Georgia, Indiana, North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia. The brand has been named to Fast Casual Magazine’s 2015 & 2016 Top 100 Movers & Shakers list.  For more information on Tijuana Flats, please visit www.tijuanaflats.com

About AUA Equity
AUA Private Equity Partners, LLC is a New York-based, operationally-focused, lower middle-market investment firm providing strategic capital to companies in the consumer, media, or business services sectors with a particular focus on family-owned businesses or companies benefiting from the growth of the U.S. Hispanic population.  AUA Private Equity makes equity investments of $15 to $75 million in companies that generate in excess of $5 million in EBITDA. AUA Private Equity currently manages over $275 million* of capital. For more information on AUA Private Equity, please visit www.auaequity.com.

*AUM calculated as of 12/31/2016

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