First Watch Restaurants acquires The Egg & I

First Watch Restaurants acquires The Egg & I

Deal combines two largest breakfast-and-lunch chains

First Watch Restaurants Inc. has acquired The Egg & I Restaurants, the company said Wednesday, in a deal that merges the two largest chains in the burgeoning breakfast-and-lunch segment.

Terms of the deal, which closed Wednesday, were not disclosed, but the acquisition gives First Watch 267 restaurants in 26 states, as well as 18 units under development. The Egg & I will keep its name, and Don Lamb will remain CEO of the Centennial, Colo.-based chain.

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