Restaurant IPOs: To market, to market

Looser restrictions, investor interest help fuel public offerings in 2012

The first three quarters of 2012 have seen more initial public offerings from restaurants than the last four years combined — a result of both Wall Street’s appetite for new growth stories and the Jumpstart Our Business Startups, or JOBS, Act, a law signed earlier this year that allows for private filings of IPOs and eases securities requirements for smaller companies. 


So far this year the restaurant sector has held IPOs for Outback Steakhouse parent Bloomin’

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