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PJ’s Coffee, WOW Cafe owners buy Iron Chef winner’s Philadelphia restaurant group


The company behind PJ’s Coffee and WOW Cafe has purchased the Philadelphia dining empire built by Iron Chef winner Jose Garces in a $5 million deal.

Ballard Brands, the Covington-based company that owns New Orleans Roast Coffee & Tea in addition to PJ’s and WOW, recently closed on the purchase, which will bring several of Garces’ restaurants and his catering business under its wing, according to a news release. Garces will stay with the company, serving as chief culinary officer, while Ronnie Artigues, Ballard’s general counsel and an investor in the buyout, will take over management of the Philadelphia operations.

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