By Danielle Bowling.
With brands including Bavarian Bier Café, Sake Restaurant and Bar, Munich Brauhaus, Fratelli Fresh and The Cut, Urban Purveyor Group (UPG) has grown to become one of the country’s largest hospitality groups since its inception in 1976. Its growth has accelerated rapidly over the past 18 months or so, following the appointment of CEO Thomas Pash, and the company’s acquisition by private equity firm, Quadrant.
Today, UPG has over 2,000 employees and boasts revenues in excess of $200 million.
“When I started with the company, what I liked was that there were several amazing brands that I thought could be grown throughout the entire country, from city to city and state to state. So we went on the road to pitch it to private equity investors, because John Szangolies (UPG’s founder) was looking to get out, and there was a lot of interest in the ability to take this platform and build Australia’s first large scale casual dining group,” Pash told Hospitality.
“We did a five year plan when Quadrant acquired us, and we want to be the first ever billion dollar dining group in Australia, and to really focus on having some of the best dining brands, in whatever category they operate in.”
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