Captain D's

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Captain D’s
Type Private
Industry Fast Casual Restaurant
Founded 1969 in Donelson, Tennessee, U.S.
Headquarters Nashville, Tennessee, U.S.
Number of locations 520
Key people Phil Greifeld (President & CEO)
Laurie Lawhorne [1](CFO)
Jonathan Muhtar (CMO)
Jim Stevens (COO)
Michael Arrowsmith (CDO)
Parent Centre Partners

Captain D’s is headquartered in Nashville, Tenn., and operates and franchises 520 restaurants in 25 states, plus military bases around the world; they are primarily in the South and Midwest. Captain D’s offers its customers seafood at reasonable prices in a relaxed environment. The brand’s restaurants serve a widely varied seafood menu that includes freshly prepared entrees, and the company's signature hand-battered fish which is prepared to order to ensure freshness. The restaurants also offer premium-quality, grilled fish, as well as shrimp, chicken, shrimp & beef kabobs, hushpuppies, desserts and freshly brewed, southern-style sweet tea, a Captain D's favorite.

The first Captain D’s restaurant opened in Donelson, Tennessee, in 1969 under the name “Mr. D’s”. The “D” is the initial of the last name of the co-founder, Ray Danner.

Captain D’s Seafood has won the 2007 Nation’s Restaurant News “MenuMasters Award” in the category of “Best Menu Revamp.”.[2] More recently, Captain D's has experienced a major brand turnaround, with over two years of same store sales growth. The brand attributes the success to menu innovation, store redesign, a new grilled platform and commitment to operational excellence. The success has also brought about a renewed interested in franchising, as existing and new Captain D's franchisees have begun opening new restaurants.[3][4] Additionally, Phil Greifeld was named CEO of the Year by the Nashville Post in 2013.[5]

Captain D's on the lot of Southgate Mall in Elizabeth City, North Carolina. Notice the current logo on the sign, while the building itself retains the previous "plate" logo.

After a 2000 bankruptcy, Dallas-based Lone Star Funds bought Shoney’s in 2002. Timonium, Maryland-based Grotech Capital Group Inc. and Charlesbank Capital Partners, a Boston private equity firm, formed Sagittarius Brands and bought Captain D’s in December 2004 for US$150 million. Captain D’s owners also operated Del Taco.[6]

In 2010, Captain D's was acquired by Sun Capital Partners.[7] Captain D's bought Grandy's from Souper Salad in 2012.[8] In 2013, Sun sold Captain D's to Centre Partners.[9]


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