Bertucci’s operates 89 full-service, casual-dining restaurants which serve Italian food and gourmet pizza. The restaurants are located on the East Coast from New England to North Carolina. Each Bertucci’s has a relaxed, family atmosphere with a Tuscan-style design, centered around a large-display cooking area with brick ovens. In 1998, Jacobson Partners took Bertucci’s private, topping an offer by Bertucci’s founder. Initially, Jacobson Partners and management focused their attention on the operations of the business, refining the concept and closing 13 unprofitable restaurants located in Illinois and Georgia. Under Jacobson’s ownership through 2009, management grew Bertucci’s into one of the leading Italian food restaurant chains in the U.S. and opened over 20 restaurants.