Founded in 2005, Barburrito is a chain of fast-casual Mexican restaurants led by co-founder and chief executive Morgan Davies.
Barburrito was the UK’s first burrito bar chain to build a national presence in the UK, and has rapidly grown in popularity due to its fast, fresh and healthy “Mex inspired” food.
BGF first invested in Barburrito in April 2012, initially committing £3.25m of growth capital to fund an active roll-out programme. Since then, further funding has brought our total investment to £11.35m.
Starting from a single site in Manchester, Barburrito now operates 17 restaurants across Manchester, Leeds, Liverpool, Nottingham and London, and opened its first site in Wales in spring 2015. In November 2015, Barburrito successfully acquired the burrito restaurant chain Pinto Mexican Kitchen, which comprised five Pinto restaurants positioned in high footfall locations in Edinburgh and Glasgow. The acquisition has provided Barburrito with a key strategic platform for further growth in Scotland.
Barburrito now employs more than 200 people and has made significant investment in operations, branding and its supply chain to enable rapid expansion. The business is supported by Graham Turner, former CEO of Tragus Group, whose portfolio of brands included Café Rouge, Bella Italia and Strada and former executive chairman of Novus Leisure. Graham joined the board as chairman in May 2014 following an introduction made by BGF.
Barburrito’s roll-out programme is set to continue with plans to increase the number of sites to 25 by 2017.