Salsarita's Fresh Cantina purchased

McAlister's vet Phil Friedman buys chain, eyes growth opportunities

Phil Friedman, who left his McAlister’s Deli chief executive position last September, has returned to the fast-casual scene with the purchase of Salsarita’s Fresh Cantina, a Mexican restaurant chain based in Charlotte, N.C.

Salsarita’s will be owned by Salsarita’s Holdings LLC, a company formed and controlled by Friedman, who will serve as chief executive. Larry Reinstein will join Salsarita’s Holdings as president and chief operating officer. Terms of the

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