Unbridled Sells 36 Taco Bells in Ohio


Unbridled Capital recently provided buy-side advisory services to Mas Restaurant Group (MRG) and Bessemer Investments in the acquisition of 36 Taco Bells in Columbus, OH from CL Companies and affiliates. Mas Restaurant Group is led by CEO Chad Motsinger. The sellers were longtime respected franchisees Eric Laeufer, Bill Wood and Carl Christman.

“As we were exploring new avenues to grow in the Taco Bell brand, we decided to reach out to Unbridled for their expertise in the field. We chose them because of the depths of their relationships, integrity, and success in M&A. We were very happy about the opportunity to work with Eric Lauefer and the CL team and are extremely excited about our future in the Columbus DMA. Throughout the transaction, our team was really impressed with the tireless effort exhibited by Derek and Rick. They showed extensive expertise and patience during due diligence – throughout loan syndication, relationship agreement discussions, quality of earnings, reps & warranties as well as closing. Trust goes a long way in making for a successful deal. Unbridled did an outstanding job of keeping trust and positive rapport between all parties. We could not have completed this transaction without them, and we are strong advocates of their expertise, service and professionalism,” said CEO Chad Motsinger.

“I am super-excited that Unbridled got to be an integral part of this transaction. On one hand, we are thrilled to see MRG grow within Taco Bell. They are a great organization, and we are cheering for their success in Columbus and beyond. On the other hand, it is bittersweet to see Eric, Bill and Carl leave the Taco Bell system. I consider them as friends, and they have been stalwarts of the Taco Bell system for many, many years. Their legacy will not be forgotten, and we wish them the very best in whatever life brings them. For Unbridled, I continue to be humbled and honored by the trust and confidence that so many franchisees are placing with us. It remains our #1 priority to provide the world’s best franchise advisory services in a way that would make your family proud. Thank you to MRG, Bessemer and the entire CL organization,” said Rick Ormsby, Managing Director.