Togo's

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Togo's Restaurant in Granada Hills, CA featuring the current brand image

Togo's Eateries, Inc. is a chain of 250 fast casual sandwich restaurants owned by Nimes Capital who purchased the company from Mainsail Partners in December 2015. Its headquarters are in San Jose, California.[1]

Togo's is often combined with Baskin-Robbins' ice cream shops (which were both owned by the same parent company from 1997 to 2007). Togo's was sold to a private equity firm in 2007. Most of Togo's stores are franchises.

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The first "Togo’s" opened in Marquette, Michigan in 1964. The name "Togo's" is the combination of the first names of two Northern Michigan University students, Tom Neumann and Gordon Reed. Neumann left the business in 1965 and in 1966 Reed moved to California. [2] Togo's continues to operate in Marquette [3] and offers a menu [4] similar to the California version.[5]

In 1968 Reed opened a sandwich shop at 336 East William Street near San Jose State University[6] in San Jose, California. At that time, the sandwich shack (in a building built in 1919 and less than 1000 square feet) was so small that only four people at a time could be inside and the sign out front read "Sandwiches To Go" with To Go being on the second line.

In 1971 the shop was purchased by Mike Cobler, a local San Jose State University student.[7] The second Togo's location was opened in Corvallis, Oregon in 1971 when Reed relocated after the sale of the San Jose location.[8] The third location opened in downtown San Jose in 1974. The first franchise was sold in 1978.

In 1997, Togo’s was acquired by the Dunkin' Brands portfolio of fast-food restaurants. By 2001, there were approximately 350 Togo’s sandwich shops, serving more than 25 different types of sandwiches.

On November 30, 2007, Togo's was acquired by Mainsail Partners, a San Francisco-based private equity firm, in partnership with Tony Gioia, a former president of Baskin-Robbins. Tony Gioia served as chairman and chief executive officer of Togo's until his retirement in May 2017.

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