Fast-casual restaurant chains Tender Greens and Tocaya Organica have merged to create parent company One Table Restaurant Brands.
One Table will include leadership from both West Hollywood-based Tocaya and Westlake-based Tender Greens on its executive team. The company will own and operate 45 locations in California and Arizona, according to an Aug. 3 announcement.
“This partnership, grounded in shared values, complementary attributes, and clear vision alignment, promises continued leadership in American food culture,” the company said.
Harald Herrmann, the former chief executive of the fast-casual chain Mendocino Farms, will serve as the parent company’s executive chairman.
Three executives from Tocaya and Tender Greens will maintain their pre-merger job titles at the parent company. Tender Greens’ Lina O’Connor will serve as president and chief financial officer of One Table Restaurant Brands, and Tocaya Organica’s Rudy Sugueti and Matt Smith will take on the roles of chief operating officer and chief marketing officer, respectively.
Tender Greens’ Co-Founder Erik Oberholtzer will serve on One Table Restaurant Brands’ board of directors with Tosh Berman, who co-founded the company that launched Tocaya.
Founded in 2016, Tocaya serves healthy meals based on traditional Mexican cuisine. The fast-casual chain operates 18 locations in California and Arizona. Tender Greens, founded in 2006, provides locally sourced food prepared by chefs. The chain runs 27 locations across California.
Groups that invested in Tender Greens and Tocaya, such as Alliance Consumer Growth, Breakwater Management and Union Square Hospitality Group, will be shareholders in One Table Restaurant Brands, among others.
One Table Restaurant Brands will have “plans for considerable growth and expansion,” according to the release.