Reconstruction Partners


Strategic Consulting / Investment Banking / M&A / Capital Advisory for the Restaurant Industry

We provide emerging brands, troubled companies, franchisors, private equity groups & senior lenders with critical initiatives essential for realizing sustainability and revenue growth. Specialized niche in the restaurant industry with capabilities of consulting and capital raising for all industries.



Managing Partner and Co-Founder

Mr. Cohn is Managing Partner and Co-Founder of Reconstruction Partners. Mr. Cohn is recognized as one of the leading experts in restaurant concept development, management and operations in the United States. He currently serves as a leading restaurant consultant and advisor, with recent projects including the sale of Mastro’s Steak House Group. Mr. Cohn’s credits include co-development of Ed Debevics with Rich Melman of Lettuce Entertain You and consultation assignments in the US and Asia. He was awarded the first Entrepreneur of the Year Award…Read more

Managing Partner and Co-Founder

Mr. Hite is Managing Partner and Co-Founder of Reconstruction Partners. Before founding the company, Mr. Hite was COO and CRO of Back Yard Burgers from 2007 to 2009. From 2001 to 2007 he was CEO and Managing Partner of both Strategic Advisory Partners and Weichmann Hite Partners, boutique M&A advisory firms. From 1999 to 2001 he was President & COO of Dog n Suds. Mr. Hite spent 2 years working for a Kuwait based company initially as Managing Director for 3 countries and then as it ‘s Group Director of Development for the Middle East…Read more

A Broad Range of Experience

Reconstruction Partners is a partnership created by a group of individuals with extensive restaurant industry experience as Founders, C-Level executives, Board Members and Owners. Utilizing critical initiatives essential for realizing true revenue growth in all industries. Our focus is on:

  • Founders
  • Restaurants
  • Emerging Brands
  • Troubled Companies
  • Franchisors
  • Investment Banks
  • Franchisees
  • CEO’s
  • Private Equity Groups
  • Senior Lenders
  • Financial Institutions
  • Restaurant Advisory
  • Family Offices
  • Investors

Reconstruction Partners principals have over 100 years of restaurant industry experience with nearly 80 years of C-level experience at companies ranging in sales from $25 Million – $2 Billion. Being Founders ourselves, we bring an insiders view and perspective, utilizing our expertise and experience to reconstruct the organization, its finances and its mission. From capital raising to Mergers and Acquisitions, Reconstruction Partners is your full service restaurant advisory and consulting firm.


Consulting – We can provide Emerging Brands, Troubled Companies, Franchisors, Private Equity Groups & Senior Lenders with critical initiatives essential for realizing revenue growth.

Growth Capital – loans & strategic capital consulting to fund your business and potential growth.

Mergers and Acquisitions/Buy side & Sell side – Sometimes an exit or an acquisition is the best strategy and action.

Capital Advisory – Growth capital, debt consolidation, & new equity capital.

Strategy – We believe that strategy drives actions and actions produce results measured by financial performance.

Restructuring – It is about building on what is good and rebuilding what is not.

Interim Management -” Leadership is the key.”



This is for the restaurant entrepreneur who has grown his or her brand
or brands to 8-15 units. This is your baby, and some of us have a
difficult time taking meaningful feedback from employees because this
was your idea and concept. The only way to continue to…Read more


Lee Cohn and I find our client base is populated by Founder run companies. And given that we were Founders as well, we bring an insider’s view and perspective. With that said, we have found that Founders reach an inflection point in their life and the life of their companies which triggers a series of actions labeled what do I do now. Read more


“We’ve worked with a number of quality investment bankers, but none more astute or capable than Wallace Hite & Lee Cohn. He and his team at Reconstruction Partners did an outstanding job facilitating the transaction.”

– Jim Phillips
Chairman, FundCorp Inc.

“Reconstruction Partners navigated my company through a very bumpy reorganization in 2017. They introduced me to a great lender during the pandemic when we needed it most. Most recently they brokered a deal with Tacolicious and a very high-quality capital partner. Wallace and Lee are industry professionals who get the job done, but most importantly, they’re good friends.”

Joe Hargrave
Founder, Tacolicious