The Sherman Oaks-based Hamburger Hamlet restaurant chain on Tuesday announced the resignation of its chief executive and the collapse of a deal under which it would have been acquired by the operator of Daily Grill restaurants.
Brentwood-based Grill Concepts Inc. was to have paid more than $10 million for the 19-restaurant chain under a Bankruptcy Court reorganization plan filed in July by Hamburger Hamlet Inc., which has been under Chapter 11 protection since December 1995.
But Grill Concepts was unable to obtain the required financing, Hamburger Hamlet said in a statement.
Grill Concepts said it could not get financial backing for the original deal after examining Hamburger Hamlet's financial records. Grill Concepts President Robert Spivak said he is trying to negotiate a new deal.
"The cash flow did not meet the original cash flow projections we received from Hamburger Hamlet," Spivak said. "We're still talking and we still hope to reach agreement."