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Norwalk's Barteca Holdings Gets $74M In Financing To Build More Restaurants

Wilton resident Andy Pforzheimer, CEO and co-founder of Barcelona restaurants.
Wilton resident Andy Pforzheimer, CEO and co-founder of Barcelona restaurants. Photo Credit:

NORWALK, Conn. — Barteca Holdings has received a $74 million credit facility from Citizens Bank that will allow the Norwalk-based restaurant company to build new restaurants.

In conjunction with the financing, Barteca Holdings also received a minority investment from General Atlantic, a leading growth equity firm. General Atlantic joins existing investor Rosser Capital Partners, a private investment firm focused on investing in restaurant, consumer and retail companies. 

Founded in 1995 by Wilton resident Andy Pforzheimer, chief executive officer, and creative director Sasa Mahr-Batuz, Barteca Holdings is the parent company of acclaimed restaurants Barcelona Wine Bar and Bartaco. 

Bartaco restaurants are located in Stamford, Westport and Port Chester, N.Y. Barcelona outlets are in Fairfield, Greenwich, South Norwalk, and Stamford.

Barcelona Wine Bar is Spanish tapas bar serving small plates of food using the finest seasonal picks from local markets and unusual specialties from Spain and the Mediterranean. It is an upscale restaurant operating in 12 locations. Bartaco, a more casual restaurant that brings upscale street food with a coastal vibe into a relaxed and stylish environment, operates in 10 locations.

"Sasa and I created Barteca with the goal of providing our guests with a unique dining experience, where great food and attentive service are fun, stylish and accessible," said Pforzheimer. 

Jacob Organek, co-founder and partner of Rosser Capital Partners, said, "Citizens Bank’s Restaurant Finance team has been tremendous in helping accelerate Barteca’s growth over the last several years. We are excited to further expand our partnership through this new financing, and for the new investment from General Atlantic."

The credit facility refinanced the company’s existing indebtedness, and also includes a sizable development line that will be used to build multiple new restaurants.

“The Barteca management team, along with Rosser Capital Partners, has built two of the most talked about growth concepts in the restaurant industry. With the addition of General Atlantic, the company is now poised to reach even greater heights,” said Thomas Hung, senior vice president and head of chain restaurants with Citizens Bank’s restaurant finance group.

Citizens Bank’s Restaurant Finance group is a leading national lender focused on meeting the capital needs of multi-unit restaurant owners nationwide including franchisors, franchisees, chain restaurants, and sponsor-owned restaurant operating companies.

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