Fried chicken and…burritos? It might sound like an odd combo but not according to the recent acquisition news featuring two popular Canadian fast food brands. MB International Brands, which is the parent company of Mary Brown’s Chicken, is set to buy Fat Bastard Burrito. This agreement would end up resulting in “one of the largest privately held quick-service restaurant companies” in the country.
Mary Brown’s Chicken x Fat Bastard Burrito
According to the announcement, the burrito chain’s leadership team will continue on for the duration of the transition period. It is predicted to close by the end of this month.
“The transaction combines two highly complementary franchise networks that, together, will provide more delicious choices for diners as well as more opportunities for existing and new franchisees of both brands – across Canada and beyond,” said Hadi Chahin, President of MB International Brands stated in a press release.
This is also in line with the expansion plans for Mary Brown’s Chicken. The chain is in works to add over 30 stores in Canada this year. The roots of the fried chicken brand can be traced back to St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador, which is the home of the first location.
The Toronto-based Fat Bastard Burrito is comparatively more recent, and it was first set up in The 6ix in 2010.
Mary Brown’s Chicken has multiple locations in Toronto, including at Danforth, North York and Scarborough. And the same rings true for the burrito chain too, with storefronts at Queen, King, Bloor and Yonge.