The Chalak Group, Inc. consists of a group of young dynamic entrepreneurs that own and operate multiple restaurant brands and invest in other business opportunities in real estate and hotels. In addition to owning and operating restaurant concepts, the group raises their own private equity capital for strategic growth and acquisition initiatives. Since the formation of the Chalak team in 1998, the group has raised close to $50 million in equity from private placements and another $30 million in debt placements from various institutions. The Chalak Group has a strong history of generating positive returns for their investors. The group currently owns and operates 260 restaurants and has investments in various hotel projects. The restaurants are Genghis Grill-The Mongolian Stir Fry which is a 100 unit chain based in Dallas, the 14 unit Baker Bros-American Deli chain, a full service craft cocktail/scratch cooking concept called Pepper Smash, franchise partner with Mitra QSR in 150+ KFC/Taco Bell units in 12 states.
Genghis Grill (2004 - Present):Genghis Grill Franchise Concepts, LP, under the leadership of The Chalak Group, started with a net of six stores, three of which they owned and three franchisees in 2004. The Chalak Group quickly revamped the concept, increased food quality, lowered prices, put in more systems, implemented more processes, introduced a more cost-effective prototype and provided Genghis Grill with fuel to grow. In 2010, the concept ended with close to 60 restaurants, ended 2011 with with close to 80 restaurants, and have plans to hit 100 units by the end of 2012. Genghis Grill is ranked as one of the fast growing concepts in the country by many leading trade publications and has been recognized by national publications such as Inc. Magazine and Entrepreneur Magazine. The future is bright for Genghis Grill with The Chalak Group at the helm! Please visit Genghis Grill for more information.
Hampshire Hotels (2007 - Present):The Chalak Group is also involved as a minority investor and board member of Hampshire Hotels based in South Africa. This hotel project is a one of kind opportunity where Hampshire Hotels plan to become the leading limited service brand in South Africa. There is currently one Hampshire Hotel open in Durban, South Africa with future hotel properties in Johannesburg (Midrand) and Port Elizabeth. Go to Hampshire Hotels for more information.
Orange Cup (2008 - 2010):The Chalak Group also made a substantial investment in a frozen yogurt concept called Orange Cup. The Chalak Group got involved in 2008 as an early stage investor and previously resided on the board of Orange Cup. This concept had been recognized as a Hot Concept by the International Shopping Center Council and had grown from one store in April 2008 to 14 stores by the end of 2010. Locations were developed in Texas spread throughout Dallas, San Antonio, Austin, Houston and also Mexico. The Chalak Group exited from the Orange Cup venture at the end of 2010.
Bistro Babusan (2009 - 2011):The Chalak Group teams up with restaurant industry veteran, Mark H. Brezinski, who was one of the co-founding partners of Pei Wei Asian Diner, a P.F Changs company to introduce a contemporary approach in serving a blend of Asian cuisines in a fast casual setting. The first Bistro Babusan location opened in April 2010 in Fairview, TX. The Chalak Group exited from the Bistro Babusan venture in July 2011.
Yum Brands (2009 - Present):The Chalak Group teams up with Flywheel Investments LLC led by Manish and Pushpak Patel to open up their first KFC/Taco Bell location in Anna, TX in October 2009. On December 2010, The Chalak Group, under the banner, Mitra QSR, successfully acquired thirty-two (32) Yum! Brand restaurants (KFC, Taco Bell, and Long John Silver's) in Illinois, Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma. In August of 2012, The Chalak Group and the Mitra team combined forces again. Mitra QSR KNE, LLC (Mitra) and its capital partner, Chalak Growth Capital Fund, LLC (Chalak), closed on a large acquisition of KFC/Taco Bell units in the Northeast part of the United States for an undisclosed amount. The transaction includes 78 KFC units, 39 KFC/Taco Bell co-branded units, and 3 KFC/Long John Silver's co-branded units. The 120 unit transaction spreads across 6 states (Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and New Jersey). Please visit Yum Brands for more information.
Baker Bros - American Deli (2011 - Present):The Chalak Group acquires Dallas based, 11 unit chain, Baker Bros-American Deli, a fast casual cafe/deli concept started by the former CEO of Tony Roma's, Ken Reimer. The Chalak Group immediately added a new President, Henry Leonard and Vice President, Jimmy Salas to head the brand going forward. In early 2012, the team opened a new prototype unit in Fort Worth via a joint venture partnership with Hillwood, a Ross Perot, Jr. company in their Alliance Town Center development. There are plans to open more units in 2012. Please visit Baker Bros-American Deli for more information.
Pepper Smash - A Cocktail Kitchen (2012):In early part of 2012, The Chalak Group teamed up with Chef Vijay Sadhu to launch a chef-driven, restaurant and bar concept. The emphasis is on made from scratch chef-driven food and made from scratch fresh cocktails. The bartenders at Pepper Smash are featured as cualinary mixologists who are celebrated by having their own chef's coats on and there is theater around the bar where Cooked To Order Cocktails are be celebrated.. The bar component also features fresh fruits and vegetables, with key signature cocktails. The Pepper Smash cocktail is the feature of the scratch cocktail menu. The use of Molecular Gastronomy and Molecular Mixology is another key feature of Pepper Smash - A Cocktail Kitchen. For more information, visit www.peppersmash.com.
Homewood Suites by Hilton (2012):In June 2012, The Chalak Group partnered with Lowen Hospitality in a minority investment for a hotel project in downtown Dallas. The property is scheduled to open in June of 2013. Visit the Homewood Suites website.
What is Mongolian Stir-Fry?It's actually not a cuisine, but an interactive style of exhibition cooking modeled after a centuries-old legend. According to this legend, 12th century Mongol armies, led by the mighty warrior Genghis Khan, heated their shields over open fires to grill food in the fields of battle. At Genghis Grill, diners "build their own bowls" from a selection of fresh meats, vegetables, sauces, and spices in Khan's Kitchen (a food bar featuring an array of over 80 ingredients). The diner then hands the creation over to one of our Grill Masters, who cooks it on a large, round grill in a matter of moments. Call it build your own stir-fry fun, unlimited variety, interactive, and delicious! When it comes to Mongolian Stir-Fry, we are the experts. After all, we are the Official Mongolian Stir-Fry of the World. In the summer of 2001, we hosted eight Mongolian Judiciaries, including the Chief Justice of the Mongolian Supreme Court. We shared food and vodka, and took part in some traditional Mongolian ritual. The highlight of the evening was the signing of a declaration by the judges making us The Official Mongolian Stir-Fry of the World.