One day back in 2007, Neal Aronson picked up the phone and called Mike Hislop, chief executive of Corner Bakery Cafe. Aronson, an Atlanta private equity manager, wanted to introduce himself and convey his admiration to Hislop, who was competing…

Roark Capital Group, an Atlanta-based private equity firm, announced today that its affiliates have acquired Il Fornaio (America) Corporation, owner of Corner Bakery Cafe and Il Fornaio Restaurants and Bakeries. Beginning in 1991 as a small bread bakery in Chicago,…