Johnny Rockets is the latest in a string of chains acquired by Sun Capital Partners, a private-equity group that purchased the restaurant chain from RedZone Capital Management in June. Under Sun Capital, the 300-unit casual-dining franchise has taken advantage of the private-equity firm's buying co-op, reduced operating costs and made plans to open two new U.S. company stores and grow its overseas presence with new locations in Honduras, Brazil, Costa Rica and Nigeria.

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