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New owner for Miller's Ale House chain

June 28, 2013: 3:20 PM ET

millersalehouselogoCasual restaurant chain is switching private equity sponsors.

FORTUNE -- Roark Capital Partners is in advanced talks to acquire casual restaurant chain Miller's Ale House from fellow private equity firm KarpReilly, according to an FTC filing.

Miller's was founded 25 years ago in Jupiter, Fla. by the husband and wife team of Jack and Claire Miller, and has since expanded to over 65 locations. Fifty of them are in Florida, and each one is named for its specific location (followed by "Ale House").

A predecessor firm to KarpReilly originally purchased the business back in 2004, for an undisclosed amount. At the time it only had 35 units, only two of which were outside of Florida.

Atlanta-based Roark makes sense as the new owner, given both its geography and its deep experience in the restaurant business. Once the deal is closed, Miller's Ale House would join a Roark portfolio that also includes such businesses as Arby's, Moe's Southwest Grill, Il Fornaio and Wingstop.

Fortune has left messages with KarpReilly, Roark and Miller's, but has not yet heard back. If that changes, this post will be updated.

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