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Fat Brands names Justin Nedelman chief real estate officer

Former Eureka executive to play pivotal role in the growth of company’s 15 franchise-forward brands

Fat Brands has hired Justin Nedelman as chief real estate officer. Nedelman formerly supported the growth of Eureka Restaurant Group as its chief executive, since the company was founded. He left that position in January.

As chief real estate officer for Fat Brands, he will oversee the property portfolio of 2,100 restaurants, taking lead on organic growth with franchisees and championing and selecting high-quality locations for the restaurant company’s 15 brands, including Elevation Burger, Fatburger, Great American Cookies, Johnny Rockets, and Twin Peaks.

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When he worked at Eureka, Nedelman helped grow the company to 26 company locations in six states. Before Eureka, He was a partner at Los Angeles-based Investwest Companies, a boutique commercial real estate and fully- integrated investment, development and property management company, negotiating retail leases and managing debt and equity financing for the developments.

Prior to working at Investwest, Nedelman served as senior director at Partners Realty Capital in Newport Beach, Calif., where he was a lead advisor to middle market real estate developers in commercial real estate equity and highly structured joint venture debt transactions in all asset classes.

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“Justin brings significant real estate finance, leasing, acquisition and development experience to Fat Brands,” said Andy Wiederhorn, Fat Brands chief executive. “We are currently in high-growth mode, so Justin couldn’t have come on-board at a better time. He brings tremendous value to the team as both a retail real estate financier and former operator of a polished casual-dining concept, an area we recently expanded into with the acquisition of Twin Peaks.”

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