After the insolvency of VAPIANO SE in April 2020, a well-known consortium of investors has successfully purchased major parts of the Vapiano business. Q · Advisers is excited to join this group with ambitious plans to revitalize the brand.
The group of investors, led by Mario C. Bauer (Former Board member Vapiano), includes a vast wealth of restaurant experience from Henry McGovern (Founder and Ex-CEO of AmRest), Sinclair Beecham (Co-Founder Pret), Family van der Valk (Vapiano Netherlands and Belgium), and Gregor Gerlach (Founder of Vapiano). Together, the new cohort of investors aims to revive the company with the former motto “All we do, we do with love”.
This motto is fitting for the future of Vapiano and the team behind it. The plan is to focus on local characteristics and establish a decentralized management structure. The investors believe in the fundamental concept of Vapiano, and the power of their local partners to utilize the brand’s strength to its full extent. As lock down restrictions ease, new restaurants are planned to open in France, Spain and the UK. We are excited to be a part of this next chapter for Vapiano and look forward to the brand’s expansion.
Founded in Hamburg in 2002, Vapiano was one of the few German gastronomy concepts to celebrate worldwide success. After the IPO in 2017, it became insolvent in 2020 and is undergoing strategic restructuring from the new owners. Today, Vapiano has nearly 200 locations around the world with promising growth.