Brings 15 Years of Industry Experience to Nation’s Second-Largest Seafood Chain

NASHVILLE, TN  (  Captain D’s Seafood Kitchen, the second largest quick service seafood chain in the United States, today announced that it has appointed Philip M. Greifeld as Chief Executive Officer, effective September 13.  Greifeld succeeds David Head, who left the company to pursue other interests. 

Greifeld, a seasoned industry veteran with more than 20 years of leadership experience in the restaurant and retail industries and a strong finance background, joins Captain D’s from Huddle House restaurants – a 420-unit casual dining restaurant chain where he was Chief Executive Officer and President for the past 10 years, following Chief Administrative and Chief Financial Officer positions at the company.  As CEO of Huddle House, Greifeld was instrumental in redefining and enhancing the chain’s brand value, significantly improving its overall performance and able to draw on extensive operational and strategic experience including food distribution, logistics and procurement.  Under his leadership, the company more than doubled its revenues and market presence. 

Prior to Huddle House, Greifeld was a Vice-President, Finance, with Douglass & Waters, Inc., a retail home furnishing company he co-founded and successfully sold. Greifeld started his career with TFW, Inc., a 29-store retail chain.

“Phil is a hands-on, engaged leader with a strong strategic execution skill set and a clear track record in positioning restaurant businesses competitively in the market,” said Chris Metz, Managing Director at Sun Capital Partners.  “We are excited about his proven talents and are confident that he will succeed in building upon Captain D’s strong market reputation.”

“I look forward to working closely with Captain D’s management and associates on providing our customers with the best possible service and experience,” said Greifeld.  “I am excited about the brand and its rich history and opportunities to further grow the company – from expanding its market presence or introducing new menu items to exploring innovative store concepts.”

Captain D’s is an affiliated portfolio company of Sun Capital Partners, Inc., a leading private equity firm that specializes in leveraged buyouts and investments in market-leading companies.

About Captain D’s

Headquartered in Nashville, Tennessee, Captain D’s owns, operates and franchises some 539 restaurants in 25 states, plus military bases around the world. Captain D’s offers its customers great seafood at reasonable prices in a relaxed environment. Captain D’s restaurants serve a widely varied seafood menu that includes freshly prepared entrees, and the company’s signature fried fish which is freshly hand-battered and prepared to order to ensure freshness. The restaurants also offer premium-quality baked or broiled fish, as well as shrimp, chicken, an expanded selection of home-style side dishes, hushpuppies, desserts and freshly brewed, southern style sweet tea, a Captain D’s favorite. Please visit

About Sun Capital Partners, Inc.

Sun Capital Partners, Inc. is a leading private investment firm focused on leveraged buyouts, equity, debt, and other investments in companies that can benefit from its in–house operating professionals and experience. Sun Capital affiliates have invested in and managed more than 220 companies worldwide with combined sales in excess of $40 billion since Sun Capital’s inception in 1995. Sun Capital has offices in Boca Raton, Los Angeles, and New York, as well as affiliates with offices in London, Paris, Frankfurt, Shanghai and Shenzhen. For more information, please visit

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