JAI Augusta, LLC (“JAIA”), a newly formed restaurant operating company owned by long-time Wendy’s Franchisee Jhonny Mercado, has secured a total of $8.7 million of new loan commitments. The financing included a $5.2 million term loan and a $3.5 million development line of credit. The loan proceeds were used to finance the acquisition of seven Wendy’s restaurants located in and around Augusta, Georgia. Jhonny Mercado, through various affiliated entities, will operate a total of 82 Wendy’s restaurants post-acquisition. Auspex Capital acted as financial advisor and debt placement agent to JAIA for this transaction.